When considering breast enlargement, you can all too easily overwhelm yourself with plenty of confusing medical information culled from a variety of sources. Since many patients wonder about the various distinguishing features of breast implants, I’ve prepared this quick primer to address four of the most misunderstood elements.
1. Selecting the Right Implant Size
Remember that while you may imagine your ideal results in terms of a new bra size, breast implants are measured in volume. For this reason, women with varying builds will require different implant volumes to achieve the same cup size. Size is a very personal decision, so work with your surgeon to evaluate what implant volume will best suit your frame.
2. Understanding Base Width
Another factor in selecting implant size is the width of the base of your breasts. In order to achieve the best results,* the width of implants should not exceed your breasts’ base width. Your surgeon will take precise measurements to evaluate the proper implant size for your breast.
3. Picking Implant Profiles
In general, lower profile implants yield more natural-looking results, while high profile implants create more fullness across the upper pole of the breast and are more visible, creating a “push up bra” look.* Breast implants come in a range of profiles, including low, moderate, moderate plus, high, and extra full. You’ll learn more about what’s right for your needs at your consultation.
4. Deciding on Implant Placement
While many patients wonder about whether implants should be placed under or over the pectoralis major muscle, it’s equally important to consider vertical and horizontal placement on the chest wall itself. This is another aspect that should be discussed in your consultation.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.