Size Matters - Choosing the Right Breast Implant Size


Once you have decided on breast augmentation surgery, there are several important choices to be made. The first is to choose the right plastic surgeon for your needs based on past results, experience, and testimonials from other patients. In consultation with your plastic surgeon, you will choose the type and placement of your breast augmentation implants. These and other decisions will depend on the final breast size and appearance you desire.

Getting Started

Patients choose breast augmentation surgery for a variety of reasons, which means they also have a variety of desired breast sizes. If you have very small breasts and simply want a natural body contour, you may decide very differently from someone who has average breasts, but wants to stand out more in a crowd. It is important to identify if you are hoping for an obvious difference or a more subtle change.

One way to get a better idea of how you want to look after your breast augmentation surgery is to browse our breast augmentation before and after gallery. Look for women with similar body shapes to yours and see how they look now after their breast augmentation procedure. Determine if you would like to see a more round shape for your new breasts, or if you prefer a greater natural curve and contour.

Talk to Your Plastic Surgeon

Philadelphia breast augmentation surgeon Dr. Bottger will also help you make your decision about breast implant size. In your consultation, your breasts will be carefully measured to determine the range of breast implant sizes appropriate for your body. Dr. Bottger has years of expertise and considerable training that can help guide you in deciding what implant size will best meet your goals, however he will not chose the implant size for you. For optimal safety and appearance, there may be a maximum recommended implant size for your current breast size and shape.

Next, you can see more directly how you would look after breast augmentation surgery with implant sizers, different-sized implants you can place inside a larger bra. This way you can see how your new curves will look underneath various outfits.

Breast Lift

If your breasts have begun to sag and you would like to change the shape of your breasts as well as your cup size, you may decide to have a breast lift in addition to breast augmentation surgery. A breast lift, also called mastopexy, will move the nipple and surrounding tissue higher and firm up the tissue below the nipple for a more ideal breast shape. Breast lifts can be performed alone or in combination with a breast augmentation procedure.

Because the final decision on breast implant size is up to you, make sure you are fully informed about your choices in consultation with an experienced breast augmentation plastic surgeon.

If you would like to learn more about breast implants, read our answers to  questions about breast augmentation or contact Philadelphia breast surgeon Dr. Bottger to schedule your breast enhancement consultation.