How Do I Choose A Good Breast Implant Size For My Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Q:  I am considering breast augmentation but am just insure about what size to go to. I have been an A cup all my life and have no real idea what would like right on me. Do you have any suggestions to offer in choosing size?

A: When it comes to breast size, beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder. While there are certainly trends in each culture that reflect the ‘average breast size’, that has little to do quite frankly with what you want for yourself and how you want to look.

Breasts should be proportionate to a woman’s body frame and build. The historic concept of 36-24-36 inches, though quite exaggerated, basically refers to breast size being equal to the hips, with a significant narrower waist in between. This creates that classic hourglass figure but that may not be right for everyone and probably is more uncommon than common.

It is important to consider a woman’s body build in determining the most suitable breast size because if one’s arms or tummy is bulky then the breasts will have to be bigger to give the right profile. In thinner women smaller sized breasts will give the same look of fullness in the breasts.

With all of that being said, the one single parameter that seems to work for most patients is to choose a breast size (implant) whose base width matches the natural base width of your breast. This is a simple horizontal measurement. As breast implants increase in diameter as they get bigger, having an implant that is no wider than your natural breast will never give one a final breast size that is too big. (which is the most common fear of most breast augmentation patients before surgery.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis Indiana

Dr. Barry L. Eppley
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