Often women's most significant concern when considering breast augmentation is, "How big should I go?" While that's a great question, unfortunately, there is no simple answer. The size that your friend has or the size you might see on someone on social media may not translate to the same size or look on your body. You have several factors to consider when deciding on the right breast implant size. Keep reading for three quick tips to choose the correct size for you.

Consider The Many Types Of Breast Implants Available

When choosing the right size breast implants for your breast augmentation with Dr. Zenn, you'll need to first decide on the type of breast implant you want.

Silicone Breast Implants 

Dr. Zenn typically recommends smooth silicone breast implants for his breast augmentation patients. These implants offer the most natural appearance, whether standing up, lying down, or being active. Additionally, silicone breast implants are the most popular choice for women nationwide. Not only do they look natural, but they feel like natural breasts, and that differentiates them from saline implants. Due to the controversy with textured breast implants and lymphoma (ALCL), Dr. Zenn only uses smooth implants.

Saline Breast Implants 

Saline implants are another option to consider when planning your breast augmentation. They were the only implants women could get in the late 1990s due to the moratorium on silicone (since resolved). Women are generally happy with the result as they increased breast size and improved shape. Some women claim saline implants feel like a bag of water and do not have the softness and consistency of the silicone implants that mimic natural tissue better. Also, remember that there is a 1-2% rupture rate, and when saline implants rupture, they go flat and need to be replaced. This is not true with the cohesive (solid, gummy bear) silicone implants used today.

Decide On The Right Shape Breast Implants

Breast implants come in two shapes:

Round Breast Implants

Dr. Zenn most often recommends round breast implants for his patients because they best mimic natural breasts – round when lying flat and teardrop shape when standing. They can move more naturally and provide more cleavage in clothes. If they turn, they look the same since they are round.

Teardrop Breast Implants

These breast implants are shaped like a teardrop and are fuller at the bottom than at the top, similar to the shape of a breast when standing. There is less change in shape with different positions (lying, standing). 

Decide On The Right Profile Type For Your Implants

The profile of your breasts implants indicates how far out your breasts will project from your chest wall:

Low Profile Implants 

Low-profile implants do not project much from the chest wall and have a broader base and a flatter appearance. They are best for women with existing breast tissue that needs more projection and upper breast fullness for cleavage.

Moderate Profile Breast Implants 

This profile type can replace breast tissue volume if the natural breast is smaller and a more moderate and natural look is desired.

High Profile Implants 

High-profile breast implants provide the most projection from the chest wall. They are used when women want to be significantly larger and do not have much natural breast tissue.

Ultimately, the implant size will depend on the look you want. Each woman is unique in how much breast tissue already exists, how wide the base of her breasts is to start, and how much droop exists. Dr. Zenn can recommend different projections based on these differences. He is experienced enough to know what each implant type and size will look like, so his patients trust his judgment in choosing their implant. Generally, Dr. Zenn will give patients a range to select from.

Call Dr. Zenn To Schedule Your Initial Consultation

You will have a thorough consultation and exam when you visit Dr. Zenn for your initial consultation. Dr. Zenn will discuss his recommendation and options you may want to consider.

To learn more about choosing the right breast implants size for your body type, call Dr. Zenn today at (919) 480-3885

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