Now that you’ve chosen to have breast augmentation, the next step you must take in your journey is selecting an implant size that’s ideal for you based on your body type and personal desires. While you might already have a certain size in mind, your cosmetic surgeon can offer additional insight and suggestions that are different from yours based on their professional experience. Before arriving at your final choice for breast implant size, it’s important that you fully evaluate all your options, and have an in-depth conversation about breast implant size with your cosmetic surgeon at the time of your initial consultation.
Common concerns about implant size
When deciding on a breast implant size, many women prefer to go large enough without making it obvious that they’ve had augmentation. For example, a woman who fits into an A cup may be interested in upsizing to a C cup, but settle for a B cup to avoid looking like they had breast augmentation. Some women also refrain from going too big because they don’t want their new breasts to feel uncomfortable or inhibit the ease at which they perform normal, everyday activities.
Another common concern women have when choosing an implant size is finding an ideal size that won’t make them regret their choice. For example, some women are worried that their implants might not be as large as they should have been, and might regret not having chosen larger implants prior to augmentation surgery.
Whatever concerns you may have, it’s perfectly acceptable to bring them up during your consultation so your surgeon can help you arrive at the right decision.
Browsing before-and-after photos of augmentation
If you’re still not quite sure about the size of implants you want, browse through online before-and-after photos of breast augmentation. In many cases, you can find “before” photos of women who have breasts that resemble yours in shape and size, then examine the “after” photos to gain a better perspective of how your breasts will look after you’ve healed from surgery.
At the time of your initial consultation, your cosmetic surgeon will show you before-and-after photos to help you arrive at your decision. Keep in mind that you must have realistic expectations -- don’t get too caught up in looking at photos of women with body types that do not resemble your own. Instead, ask your surgeon if you can review photos of women who have breasts similar in size and shape to your own breasts.
Ask your friends and family members
If you’re not too shy, start asking your friends and family members if they, or anyone they know have had breast augmentation, and talk to them in more detail about their experiences. How did they go about choosing a size? What would they have done differently? Are they satisfied with their surgery? In some cases, getting personal one-on-one feedback can help you make the best decision when it comes to choosing an implant size.
Try out different implant sizes
If you’ve done your research and still haven’t decided on an implant size, ask your cosmetic surgeon about test implants you can try on. Your surgeon will either allow you to try on different implants at the clinic, or suggest wearing test implants at home to see how comfortable you feel with different sizes. In most cases, trying on implants will give you a better idea about just how much larger you want to go.
Are you thinking about having breast augmentation and need help deciding on implant size? Request a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about your options for cosmetic surgery.