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5 Things to Consider When Choosing Implant Sizes

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Each prospective breast augmentation patient who visits our Honolulu office typically has some idea of the size she wants. And while breast augmentation can be completely transformative, the possibilities aren’t limitless. In this post, let’s explore some of the factors to consider before you settle on a size:

  1. Your research. One good way of starting to narrow down your desired outcome is by browsing pictures — whether of celebrities or even before-and-after shots of previous patients. This “research” can certainly be one of the most enjoyable elements of the planning process. While you’re perusing, through photos, pay attention to the body of each woman in addition to her breasts. Often, the best breast augmentation results look so good because they complement a woman’s natural contours. Look for women with bodies like yours, whether you have a long torso, pronounced hips, or broad shoulders. Each of these factors can affect which implants will look best on you.
  2. Your future. Because today’s implants can last for more than a decade, it’s important to think about the future when choosing your implant size. If you’re considering having children in the future, or even losing a lot of weight, remember that your breasts will likely change. Also, consider your lifestyle. For example, if you enjoy active or athletic pastimes, significantly large implants may slow you down.
  3. Your age. In the United States, women 18 and older are eligible for saline implants, while women 22 and older are eligible for silicone. This ensures that patients are fully developed before undergoing surgery. But emotional age is a factor to consider, too. It’s important to be at a place in life where you can think clearly about all elements of the surgery, including caring for yourself during recovery. You should also consider your motivations for surgery — are you making these decisions for yourself, or to please someone else?
  4. Your body type. This ties into the first point we covered. Some body types are better able to comfortably carry sizable breasts, while more petite women could end up dealing with back pain and other issues later on. Consider your height and weight, your overall frame, and the existing proportions of your body.
  5. Your goals. Whether you want natural-looking breasts or a more noticeable look, it’s important that you discuss your goals with Dr. Ching before settling on implants. He can help you decide which size will help you fulfill your goals without risking your safety or comfort.
Shim Ching, MD