Once you’ve decided to undergo breast augmentation, your next step is to choose the right sized implants for your shape and body size.
For many women, this can be a particularly challenging issue, and you’ll have many questions to ask yourself and discuss with Dr. Sieber. The guide below can help you get started making this important decision — one that will be integral to the success of your breast augmentation surgery.
Deciding on the Right Breast Implants for Your Body
Take a look at the following list of questions and considerations. These are the most important factors that will determine what the ideal sized implants will be for your unique body.
1. Consider what you don’t like about your current breasts.
Often, it’s a good idea to start out with what you don’t like. What do you find yourself being most dissatisfied with when you look in the mirror or get dressed in the morning?
For many women, they dislike that their breasts are flat and deflated as well as small. Their goal is to have fuller, rounder breasts. For others, they’ve always been flat-chested, and their goal is to have more volume to fill out tops and dresses.
2. Consider what you hope to achieve with your new implants.
Now, think about the positive outcomes you’ll enjoy with your new breast implants. What are those for you?
Have you recently lost weight and are giving yourself a full makeover? Do you simply want a brand-new look for yourself? Are you going through a significant life change and want to boost your self-esteem and confidence? Perhaps sex appeal is your goal. Are you hoping to meet someone new or rekindle a relationship?
All of these are valid reasons to get implants, but it’s still important to know what your specific goals are as this may alter what sized implants you go with.
3. Take a look at your anatomy.
This is where Dr. Sieber can be of unique help. Matching your breast implants to your body shape and size is something that can be a bit difficult to do. Dr. Sieber does this on a regular basis, so he has unique experience matching ideal breast shape and size to varying body types.
The major areas you want to focus on are the width of your shoulders and how broad your chest is, the symmetry of your breasts, the current distance between each of your breasts, and how wide your breasts are at their base (where they meet your chest). You’ll also need to consider how much breast tissue you have. Certain individuals with not as much tissue may be slightly limited to a smaller range of implant sizes.
Remember that body shapes vary significantly. There is no perfect body shape. A new pair of breasts that look great on one body type may not look as good on another body type. Rather, that second body type may look much better with something totally different.
Again, gauging this can be hard if you’ve never done it before, so don’t be afraid to ask for guidance. At your initial consultation appointment, Dr. Sieber will carry out a short physical exam and give you some notes and ideas to start thinking about.
4. Understand how breast implants are sized.
All breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc). Sizes of implants go from 120 cc to 850 cc. Of course, these are the extremes. Most women opt for breast implants that are somewhere between 300 to 500 cc.
When meeting with Dr. Sieber, he will show you examples of implants of different volumes. You’ll quickly learn that the difference between even 100 cc is relatively small. However, on the chest, these slight variations in volume can make a significant difference in appearance.
5. Consider your wardrobe and lifestyle.
Next, think about your wardrobe, career, daily activities, and whatever exercise and physical activities you participate in regularly. All of these will be affected by your implants.
For example, if you are an avid runner, you may not want to get implants that are too big for your frame as they may end up interfering with your comfort level while running. The same goes for other sports and activities like soccer, basketball, swimming, biking, weight lifting, and more. Naturally, breast implants will not restrict you from physical activity, but the larger sizes may not be quite as conducive to comfortable exercise.
Think about your wardrobe as well. Many women are looking to fill out low-cut dresses and tops, yet they don’t want to attract unwanted attention. This can certainly be achieved, but in this case you’ll be going for a more natural look, and this is definitely something you’ll want to convey to Dr. Sieber.
6. Try them on.
This is often the best way to know what sized breast implants are right for you. Dr. Sieber will have various sizes of implants available for you to examine and feel. Sometimes, just holding them in your hands can give you a good idea of what having those implants would be like.
To take things a step further, you can actually put the implants into your bra and experience what they would feel like on your chest as well. You’ll get a chance to do this and to look in the mirror and walk around a bit. It’s an excellent way to “test out” your new breasts before surgery.
7. Use picture references, and take a look at the before and after gallery.
Lastly, use others as a guide. If you’ve seen pictures of women whose breasts you admire and want to emulate, bring these pictures in to show Dr. Sieber. Doing so can be extremely helpful to him as you navigate this initial step of your surgery together.
Take a look at Dr. Sieber’s before and after gallery as well. You’ll see pictures of past patients who’ve successfully undergone breast augmentation surgery and get a sense of how your own breasts may look after the procedure. Look for body types that roughly match your own to see what implants look best.
Book Your Breast Augmentation Consultation
Whether you’ve made up your mind that breast implants are in your future or you’re just looking for some more information on the procedure, booking a consultation appointment with Dr. Sieber is your next step.
As a double board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Sieber can help you find the perfect implant size for your body type. Contact our office to book your appointment today.