Over 300,000 women in the U.S. choose breast augmentation every year. The procedure has a well-documented history of safety and satisfaction, and it appears that more women are choosing to enhance their breasts with silicone implants.
One of the most frequent questions we hear at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg is: “how do I select my ideal breast implant size?”
Here, we explain three of the best ways you can use to determine just how big or small you want your implants to be.
Find a Celebrity to Emulate
One of the best ways to visualize implants on yourself is to consider how they look on other women. Fortunately, there is no shortage of celebrities with varying implant types.
To imagine realistically, you should find celebs who have a similar body frame to yours. When it comes to the breasts, relativity is everything; a small to medium-sized implant on a larger woman may be quite large on you.
Look at height and weight to get an accurate idea of how you measure up to your ideal celebrity. These comparisons can provide a better understanding of the aesthetic you’re looking for, so be ready to discuss them with your surgeon.
Consider your Lifestyle
The number of breast augmentation surgeries has gradually increased over time, but the average size of the implants themselves has actually decreased. Trends in appearance, lifestyle choices, and other factors likely contribute to this shift.
It’s a given that almost everyone focuses on aesthetics. Many, though, do not recognize how these changes may interfere with their daily lives. If you enjoy an active lifestyle, err on the slightly smaller side. Going smaller can prevent any interferences with your workouts, comfort, and daily activities.
Overly large implants relative to your body frame can also lead to health complications – primarily in posture, shoulder health, and back health.
Do the Rice Test
The best way to see for yourself how different sized implants look on you is to do a simple at-home test.
Cut the foot portion off an old pair of pantyhose, and fill this with varying amounts of dry rice. You can then put this makeshift rice-implant into your bra and see how you like the look. Increase or decrease volume as you see fit until you find an implant size you like, and then take this with you to your consultation. This will assist your surgeon in recommending the most suitable implant.
Want to Learn More?
Deciding to get breast augmentation surgery is a significant decision. So too is choosing the size of the implant. If you follow this advice, you can avoid revision surgeries such as breast implant removal or exchange surgery.
Please contact Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg at 540 371 7730 or via our online form to arrange your consultation today. Our friendly and professional staff would be happy to meet you and let you test-drive your new implants!