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How to Choose the Breast Implant Size That Is Right for You

By Brian Kobienia, MD, FACS on March 09, 2015


Close up of a woman’s breasts, covered by a black bra, after breast augmentationIf you are currently considering breast augmentation, you probably have at least a rough idea of how you would like your new breasts to appear. At this stage, you may be thinking primarily in terms of size rather than in terms of shape, profile, and texture, which is absolutely fine. Size is certainly an important consideration when it comes to selecting the breast implants that are right for you. However, it is far from the only consideration, as you will find out. And when it comes to size, you may also arrive at the discovery that bigger is not necessarily better.

At Kobienia Plastic Surgery in Edina, breast implant size is one of the many topics that you will have the opportunity to discuss with acclaimed plastic surgeon Brian Kobienia during your confidential consultation. Dr. Kobienia will guide you through the advantages and disadvantages of the options available to you regarding breast implant size, advising you honestly and candidly of your choices according to your goals and body type. Ultimately, Dr. Kobienia wants you to be entirely pleased with the results of your breast augmentation, and an important part of your satisfaction lies in your selecting the appropriate size of breast implant for your unique case.

How do you decide which size of breast implant is the “right” size?

The simplest answer to this question is that the right size of breast implant is the size that best allows you to reach your aesthetic goals, within the boundaries of what is safe and feasible. However, each patient’s aesthetic goals are unique, and yours will undoubtedly be quite different from any other patient’s, even if there is some overlap.

Of course, at this point, you may need some assistance in defining your goals. This is why the breast augmentation consultation is so important. Many patients arrive at their consultations believing that they know exactly what they want - “I want to have double-Ds” or “I want breasts like Angelina Jolie” - only to leave with far more specific goals that are rooted in their initial desires but more uniquely suited to their bodies. While there is no substitute for a one-on-one consultation with an experienced professional such as Dr. Kobienia, here are a few questions for you to consider prior to your initial meeting that may help you to narrow your goals:

  • How natural do you want your breasts to appear after breast augmentation? While this may strike you as a question with a self-evident answer, some patients aspire to the high-profile, ultra-rounded look that is popular among many women right now. If you want your breasts to appear natural, then your choices of breast implant size may be somewhat more limited.
  • How active are you? If you exercise regularly or participate in sports, you may want to take this into consideration before you “go big.” Large breasts can make such activities more difficult.
  • How willing are you to deal with increased attention? Whether right or wrong, women with large breasts tend to attract attention in public, some of it not necessarily wanted. If you choose to enlarge your breasts significantly, you should be psychologically prepared for this possibility.
  • What are examples of breasts you find attractive on other women? Bring specific examples to your consultation. You may be surprised that you don’t need “big” breast implants to achieve breasts similar to a famous woman with relatively larger breasts. Your results depend on several factors, including the size of your natural breasts before surgery.

Learn More about Choosing Breast Implant Size

To learn more about how to choose the “right” size of breast implants, please contact Kobienia Plastic Surgery today.

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