A lot of the patients I see who are interested in breast augmentation at my Syracuse-area practice want to know how big they can go without looking unnatural. When it comes to selecting the right size for your breast implants, there are other considerations you should keep in mind, though, such as:
- Shape: Implants are either round or shaped anatomically (a teardrop shape that’s fuller at the bottom). Some patients find anatomical implants to look more natural, and some are drawn to round because they provide more cleavage. If you select an implant with an anatomical shape, you are essentially limited to choosing a textured style, meant to prevent the implant from moving. An anatomical implant that shifts can create a breast that looks lopsided.
- Projection: The implants’ projection, or profile, refers to the distance the implant will project from the chest wall and how it will appear when someone sees it from the side.
- Your proportions: Your body shape, whether you’re narrow-chested or broad-shouldered, and your height will all play a role in your choice of implant size. Because the vast majority of women seeking breast augmentation say they want their breasts to look natural, simply choosing an implant that’s very large isn’t likely to produce the results they desire. A surgeon with a trained aesthetic eye can talk to you about which options will suit your body type.
It’s usually a good idea to find before-and-after photos of women with similar builds to show your plastic surgeon what you want.