How to Choose Your Breast Implant Size
No matter what you may have heard, size does matter. In fact, size is one of the most important factors when considering breast augmentation surgery. The reason you're considering this kind of surgery, and how you want to look and feel afterward, likely depend quite a bit on size.
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What you do with your own body is your choice alone. However, when making such an important decision as whether or not and how to alter your physical appearance, you may want to talk to people you trust. Confide in your family and friends. They may see things much differently than you do, and can offer you new and unique perspectives.
Then take advantage of our consultation. Our own plastic surgeon, one of the best-known breast augmentation specialists in Toronto, will discuss appropriate and realistic size options for your surgery. He will also answer any questions you may have to help you make an educated decision, and feel more confident every step of the way.
Is Bigger Really Better?
Some women choose to make drastic changes with breast implants. For example, some may choose to increase from an A cup to a D cup, or even a C cup to a DD cup. Before you make such a leap, you might want to consider a few possibilities.
Immediately following surgery to a large cup size, your breasts will be full, round and perky. In other words, they'll look fabulous! But nothing lasts forever, even with the best plastic surgery.
Over time, many women's breasts begin to sag. This is a natural part of the aging process. However, the excess weight of larger implants can expedite this process, causing your breasts to droop even sooner—and perhaps even more—than they would have without the implants. In addition, larger, heavier implants put a lot of tension on delicate breast skin, which can cause unsightly stretch marks to form.
This isn't to say you shouldn't get larger implants, if that's what you want. But part of making such an important decision is knowing the facts and being aware of breast augmentation risks. This is also why we highly recommend a consultation with our surgeon, not only so you know what to expect, but so he can help you choose the right size based on your desired results, as well as other factors such as lifestyle and what will best compliment your body type and size.
What is Covered in the Consultation?
When you visit us for a breast augmentation consultation, we'll discuss available implant sizes, which in Canada range from 200 cubic centiliters (cc) to 800cc. Our surgeon will measure your breasts to help determine what size implant will best fit your body. We'll go over what the procedure entails and what you can expect, and we'll answer any questions you have about the procedure. We also offer digital imaging to help give you a more realistic idea of possible results when choosing and comparing implant sizes. It is always a complimentary service with our consultations.
While TCC staff will offer guidance and information, the choice of what type and size of implant you receive is ultimately yours.
Additional Factors in Deciding Your Breast Implant Size
Do you work out with weights or enjoy high-impact activities? Do you take part in physically demanding or high-intensity sports such as rock climbing? Depending on what you're doing, a larger chest may literally get in the way of your ability to continue doing what you love.
By the same token, those high-impact activities can be detrimental to your augmented breasts. Unless you've found the perfect sports bra that provides solid support and allows absolutely no breast movement (hint: no such bra exists), activities like running, which causes the breasts to bounce, can put undue stress on the skin of the breasts, potentially leading to pain, sagging, and stretch marks.
Consider your current lifestyle and the activities you enjoy before you decide to have any kind of breast surgery.
When having their breasts augmented, most women want to look different, but they don't want to look artificial. At TCC, we feel the best results from any cosmetic surgical procedure are those that look natural. To maintain that kind of look, it's important to take your body type into consideration when choosing your implant size.
For example, if you have a smaller frame and are slim, jumping from an A cup to a D cup may be too dramatic a change for your body, and your appearance. On the other hand, if you're tall with broader shoulders and a sturdier build, a D cup—or perhaps even a DD cup—may look completely natural on you.
In addition, larger breast implants can sometimes contribute to long-term back problems. It's a simple matter of physics—no one can fight gravity. As the increased weight on the front of your body gives in to gravitational force and is pulled forward and downward, your back compensates, making your spine and muscles work much harder than before, and nearly constantly, to keep you upright. Over time, this can lead to chronic back pain, muscle strain in the neck and back, and even a curvature of the spine, affecting your posture.
Most of us spend the majority of our time at work and today, more job opportunities than ever before are available to women. What may at first seem like a sexist question can really be a pragmatic one—will larger breasts get in your way at work?
For example, a mechanic who has to climb beneath vehicles and work in tight spaces may find these tasks more difficult with larger breasts. Police officers who must sometimes wear body armor in addition to many other pieces of equipment may find larger breasts an impediment. Not only that, police officers may be required to run on a regular basis, not only to maintain top physical condition, but to give chase under certain circumstances, and we've already discussed the potentially negative effects running can have on breasts with larger implants.
Before you dismiss job factors when making the decision to get breast augmentation, give some thought to the tasks you're required to perform, and whether you would still be comfortable doing—or able to do—all of them afterward. And don't forget—you can always go a little smaller, and still get the perky, perfect breasts you're looking for.