Breast Implant Sizes - How to Choose the Right Size By tmccall on December 31, 2019

Different breast implant optionsThanks to breast augmentation, women can experience fuller curves and body contours while enhancing their self-confidence. Dr. Tracy E. McCall has helped countless patients in the Waukesha, WI area achieve excellent, natural-looking results by tailoring each breast augmentation procedure to their needs.

Many patients who come to Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery wonder how to pick the right breast implant size. Let’s consider a few important factors when designing a surgical treatment plan. First, let’s consider some important statistics about breast implant size and patient satisfaction.

Too Big, Too Small, and Just Right

According to a survey from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the patient satisfaction rates of breast augmentation surgery are around 98 percent. A lot of this has to do with patients liking the size of their breast implants and the final results of the surgery.

The breakdown of that survey reveals that 85 percent of respondents said their breast implants were just the right size. Additionally, 13 percent said they wish their breast implants were larger, and less than 2 percent wished that their breast implants were smaller.

Overall, these numbers show that great results and high levels of satisfaction are possible as long as a surgeon plans the breast augmentation procedure right.

Working with Existing Breast Tissue

One of the most important aspects of picking the ideal implant size is the amount of existing glandular tissue we have to work with. We’ll consider these factors as a starting point during the consultation process at our Waukesha practice.

Patients who want just a slight increase in breast size won’t need drastically large implants. Similarly, women with sagging breasts may not need large implants to achieve their cosmetic goals. Women who want much larger breasts will need to consider drawbacks of going too large in terms of the appearance of the breasts and the unnatural stretching of their skin.

How Body Shape Determines Implant Size

In addition to existing breast tissue, our team will also consider a patient’s body type and frame. Certain breast implant sizes may work better with broader chests and shoulders than they would on patients with petite frames. In order to achieve good results that appear natural, it’s important that we try to complement existing contours of the body.

How Implant Profile Affects Ideal Size

Implant size it not the only aspect that affects the final results of breast augmentation surgery. The profile of the implants can also make a major difference with regard to final results.

Profile refers to the amount of forward projection of the breast implants. High-profile implants have more forward projection, and low-profile implants have less projection. Patients who would benefit from high-profile implants may not need larger implants to achieve their aesthetic goals. Similarly, it may be a good idea to go a bit bigger on low-profile implants depending on what look the patient wants to achieve.

Customizing Each Breast Augmentation to the Patient

Just from the above factors, you can see that picking an ideal implant size takes experience and a good eye for proportion. That’s why Dr. McCall takes time to really consider all aspects of breast augmentation surgery. We can discuss implant size, profile, and other aspects of surgery in greater detail during your visit.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation

The team at Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery is here to help you. For more information about breast augmentation and its many benefits, be sure to contact a board-certified plastic surgeon. You can reach us in Waukesha by phone at (262) 546-8170.

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Dr. Tracy McCall

Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery

Dr. Tracy McCall is a board-certified plastic surgeon that has been providing exceptional results to patients since 2001. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Association of Women Surgeons

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