Summary: How large should breast implants be is often a topic of discussion among patients who are undergoing breast augmentation procedures. There’s no universally correct answer (and no surgeon will tell you there is). Ultimately, it depends on the desires and physiology of the patient.

Is There a Rule About Just How Large Should Breast Implants Be?

Breast implants come in all different shapes and sizes. Patients even have various material and texture options that they can choose from. The goal of these options is to ensure that, no matter what your goal is, you have the means to achieve it. What that looks like will be different for every patient. That makes questions like, how large should breast implants be, somewhat thorny.

There’s no single correct answer to that question. Breast implant size will vary from patient to patient–and depend significantly on what each individual patient envisions as her final results. How large should breast implants be? Depends on what you’re going for.

What Are Breast Implants

As you probably already know, breast implants are medical devices used to make the breasts appear larger. Most often, implants are used as part of a breast augmentation procedure. A breast augmentation is generally employed to increase the size of the breasts. How large the breasts appear once the procedure is complete will be up to the patient’s desired results.

Breast implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. The two most common implant types are saline (which is essentially just a purified salt water) and silicone. Currently, silicone implants are more common because they tend to look and feel more natural.

The size of breast implants is most often measured in cubic centimeters–that is, they are measured by volume. So when you start discussing implant size with your surgeon, you’ll be discussing the overall volume of the device.

How Do You Select the Best Implant Size?

The optimal implant size will almost always depend most significantly on the patient’s desired outcome and on their current physiology. In other words, you can figure out your optimal breast size by determining just how much you want the appearance of your breasts to grow by the time the procedure is finished.

That process isn’t quite as easy as it looks, of course. You’ll need to factor in the shape of the breasts, the orientation, the composition of the surrounding tissue and so on. That can be a complex algorithm to decode, so it’s essential that you make many of these decisions in consultation with your primary plastic surgeon.

There is no one size fits all approach to breast implants. And, in many cases, patients may also want to correct for any noticeable asymmetry. That means that the implants themselves may not even be the same size. So selecting the best implant size means thinking about what you want and trying to plan out how you’ll get there.

Planning Your Approach

The best decisions about implant size, then, are typically made with the most knowledge possible. That’s why many surgeons will offer special previsualization services during consultation. Once measurements are taken, surgeons will be able to use special software to help you “see” what you’ll look like with various sized implants.

Taking a look at before and after photos can also be quite helpful, as your surgeon can show you similar patients with a similar implant size.

Ultimately, the goal is to find the implant that works best for your frame. In some cases, that might be done quite easily. In other cases, some further discussion may be required. It’s always best to talk through your desired final results with your surgeon as you consider all of your options. The more you talk, the more confident you can be in where you’ll end up and the size of the implants you ultimately choose. How large your breast implants should be is, ultimately, up to you.


About the Author: Nick Engebretson has been involved in the world of plastic and cosmetic surgery for nearly twenty years. He often writes about the latest and most interesting cosmetic and plastic surgery news.

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