Choosing to have a breast augmentation is an exciting process. This procedure can improve your self-image and self-confidence, but it’s not a decision to be taken lightly!
When you’re researching surgeons and treatments, make sure you consider the size of implants you want. It can be confusing to know if you should go for smaller or bigger implants, but luckily we have some tips to help you decide what’s best for your body!
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Why Do You Need to Consider Different Size Implants?
Before we continue into the top tips, it’s important to note why you should research different implant sizes. Once you undergo a breast augmentation procedure, you’ll have the implants and results for a long time. Because of this, it’s important to think about the long term and your lifestyle so you don’t need an additional reduction or enhancement later in life.
As with any plastic surgery, this invasive procedure can bring many positive results but you need to take the time to consider all options. Your chosen surgeon will always be there to support you and to help find the right procedure for you too.
1. Consider Your Lifestyle
When deciding on implant sizes, it’s important to consider your lifestyle. As breast augmentation is a physical change, you need to assess your lifestyle and how different breasts would impact it. For example, if you would like to have children in the immediate future you may want to complete your augmentation once you’ve finished breastfeeding.
Other lifestyle questions you should consider include how often do you do high-intensity workouts? Do you often play sports? If you do, you may want to avoid larger implants. Also, you should consider if you want your implants to be notable or not. Imagine what clothing you’ll want to wear and if you’ll want to have a more dramatic cleavage or not.
2. Think About Your Body Type
Everyone has a unique body type, so one implant size will look different on all bodies. While some surgeons use the same techniques on all customers, others take a more personalized approach. Research before and after images and see what women that have a similar body to you go for. It can be handy to take some of these images to your consultation.
3. Consider Your Weight
The weight you are now will affect the procedure. For example, if you are trying to lose weight, you’ll probably lose some weight around your breast area too. If this is the case for you, consider putting off the breast augmentation until you’ve reached your goal weight. This will mean your breasts won’t change in size and your post-surgery results will last longer. If you’re unsure whether weight loss will affect your results, ask your doctor for a consultation.
4. Shape and Position of the Implants
While size is the first thing patients consider, you should also consider the shape and size of them too. This will be discussed with a surgeon in a consultation. You’ll also get the chance to discuss whether you want a breast lift to reduce any sagging. This is common after you’ve breastfed children and a breast lift will result in perky pre-baby breasts. If you’ve just finished breastfeeding, make sure you wait approximately 3 to 6 months after weaning your child so your breasts can stabilize.
5. Think About the Long-Term
Though surgeons always aim for long-lasting results, no medical procedure has a lifetime guarantee. This means you should consider how the implants will affect your life in the long term. In 5 or 10 years will you be happy with the size you’re choosing now? It can be difficult to think so far ahead, however, consider your future comfort too.
6. Bring a Friend to the Consultation
Consider bringing a friend or family member to your initial consultation. Not only will this help with any nerves, but a second opinion can help you decide which size is best for you. A second opinion from a trusted friend can help you get out of your head and look at the bigger picture. While an extra perspective is always welcomed, remember that at the end of it’s your body and your choice!
7. Listen to the Surgeon’s Advice
Finally, when it comes to deciding on the right implant size, you should always listen to your surgeon. The doctor you work with will have years of experience in the field and they will want what’s best for your body. They will be able to advise you on what will look and feel best in the short and long term too.
8. Research Different Doctors
Don’t use the first website you find when researching breast augmentation! Thoroughly research different surgeons and their results to see what implants you like the look of. Whether you realize it or not, different surgeons use different techniques and it’s good to be familiar with the procedure before you go for it. Reviews and word of mouth can also help you find the best doctor and implant size too.
How Can Beautifi Help?
Choosing the right breast implant size can be a daunting decision, but it doesn’t have to be! Ask for advice from loved ones you trust and get an extra opinion from a certified surgeon. At the end of the day, your experienced surgeon will have your best interests at heart and will be able to give you good advice.
The Beautifi team is always here to help when choosing a surgeon or financially planning for a cosmetic procedure. Learn how our process works or fill out an application to start your procedure journey!