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Breast Implants: How to Choose the Best Size for Your Body

Once you decide to undergo a breast augmentation procedure, subsequent decisions can feel overwhelming. Finding the right implant can feel complicated, with so many types, shapes, and styles of breast implants available. 

When you choose board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Cohen in Nassau County or Manhattan, he’ll meet with you to discuss all of the details of your implant options and sizing to ensure that you’re thrilled with the results of your procedure. 

Choosing the ideal implant size is about more than just cup size. There are several factors to consider. Here are some questions to ask yourself when narrowing down your options.

How does my breast size fit my lifestyle?

Are you an avid exerciser who loves high-intensity workouts and long runs? Then you may want to avoid a very large breast size that could be more of a burden than a benefit. 

Are you longing for dramatic cleavage and love a particular cut of tops or dresses that show it off? Then a more significant size may suit you. When you evaluate your everyday activities alongside your size choices, it can make your decision easier.

What size suits your body shape and frame?

While it may seem obvious that your body type plays a part in choosing your breast size, there are some factors patients may fail to take into account. For instance, bigger breasts are heavier. Choosing a breast implant that’s too large for your body can lead to back and shoulder pain, fatigue, and sometimes the need for a breast reduction.

Similarly, an implant that will fit a C cup can be significant on a patient with a petite frame but barely noticeable on someone with a larger frame. 

Body measurements that factor into your breast size choices include:

  • The sternal notch (the dip at the base of the neck) to nipple distance
  • Distance between nipples
  • Nipple to the inframammary fold 
  • Chest and rib cage measurements
  • Overall proportions

Patients also want to make sure that they have enough skin to support a larger implant without causing the skin to ripple.

What is your ideal breast shape and position?

Many women undergo breast augmentation due to a loss in volume and shape after pregnancy and breastfeeding. A patient may choose a breast lift in these cases instead of an enlargement. Alternatively, they may decide to combine the two procedures.

In other cases, a patient’s breasts may be uneven, or a patient may seek more roundness or a perkier breast. These shape and position factors can play a part in choosing breast size. When augmenting your breasts, you want to be happy with the entirety of your look, not just with your new bra size.

Will you still be happy with this size in ten years?

Most breast implants last 10 to 20 years before replacement surgery is necessary. When you consider the breast size that suits your needs now, you’ll also want to consider how those needs will change in the next 20 years. Try to choose implants that will serve you for the long term. 

As you age, breasts naturally fall and appear less rounded. Very large implants can lead to extra sagging as the ligaments supporting the breasts lose elasticity.

Choose an Expert Surgeon Whose Advice You Trust

When you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your breast augmentation, it should be a skilled professional like Dr. Brian Cohen, whose opinion you can trust.

Dr. Cohen has extensive experience serving Nassau County and New York City. In your consultation with him before your surgery, you’ll discuss all of the factors that will help you choose your ideal breast size and shape. 

Don’t get overwhelmed by your decisions if you’re considering breast augmentation surgery. Instead, schedule your appointment with Cohen Plastic Surgery today to ensure that you’ll love the results of your breast augmentation.