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The Pros and Cons of Using Small Implants in Breast Augmentation

By Brian Kobienia, MD, FACS on October 03, 2014


Close up of a woman’s bust, her left hand cupping her right breast, which appears to have been augmented with a small breast implantIt’s a good bet that most people automatically associate breast augmentation with large, round breasts, the sort of which are commonly showcased on television and movie screens and on sandy beaches throughout the country. While many women aspire to “go large,” and there isn’t necessarily anything wrong with that, it also isn’t the best option for every woman. As with all plastic surgery procedures, breast augmentation is definitely not a case in which one size fits all.

Indeed, the ideal size of breast implant depends on many factors, including a woman’s lifestyle and personal preferences. For many patients of Kobienia Plastic Surgery in Edina, small breast implants provide the perfect solution to their breast enhancement goals. Dr. Brian Kobienia works closely with each patient, helping her to define her needs with gentle, pressure-free guidance and honest, straightforward responses to her questions and concerns. He helps her to understand her options and the advantages and disadvantages of each. In certain cases, it truly turns out to be the case that bigger is, indeed, not better.

The Advantages of Small Breast Implants

For some women, small breast implants offer several advantages over their larger counterparts, such as:

  • A more subtle, natural-looking enhancement: If a woman’s goal is simply to refine her figure rather than dramatically reinvent it, small breast implants may be ideal.
  • Better suited to more active lifestyles: Women who are extremely active, whether they run, play tennis, or engage in other physical activities, may be surprised by how much more difficult it is to exercise with significantly larger, heavier breasts. This problem is circumvented with small breast implants.
  • Less unwanted attention: Some women enlarge their breasts because they crave attention from others, while others simply want to feel better about themselves. Women who wish to avoid unwanted attention from strangers may wish to opt for small breast implants.
  • Less pain, more comfort: There is a reason that so many women with naturally large breasts undergo breast reduction surgery - disproportionately large breasts can be painful. This can be equally true of artificially large breasts, which can cause back pain, shoulder pain, uncomfortable bra strap indentations, and other aches and pains that can be avoided with smaller breast implants.

While it is not true in every case, some women who elect to have small breast implants placed experience a shorter, more comfortable recovery period compared to women who have larger breast implants placed.

The Disadvantages of Small Breast Implants

There aren’t many practical disadvantages to having small breast implants placed. The most common problem associated with small breast implants is that patients emerge from breast augmentation surgery somewhat disappointed with their results, wishing that they had opted for larger implants in the first place. This is generally a problem that can be avoided by setting appropriate expectations from the start, during the initial consultation. This is why Dr. Kobienia takes ample time to help his patients clearly understand their own goals before proceeding with surgery.

Learn More about Small Breast Implants

To learn more about the pros and cons of small breast implants, please contact our plastic surgery center today.

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