Choosing the Right Breast Implant Size for You

The optimal breast size for each woman is something that is very subjective. Each person will have their own idea as to what is ideal. If you are considering breast augmentation, you first of all want to choose a board-certified Plastic Surgeon that is experienced with breast augmentation. Before coming into a consultation, give some serious thought to your goals regarding breast size. Keep in mind that going too large can have some negative impacts regarding athletic activities, and also increases the potential for complications in the future. It’s helpful to find some photos of women that have a body type similar to your own, and have a breast size that you feel is similar to your goals.

When you come in for your consultation, I spend a lot of time working through the sizing options with you. We can review photos that you bring and look at before-and-after photos of past patients. I take careful measurements of your chest to help determine the best implant for you, in regards to size and profile. There are multiple factors that affect how the breast implant will look on you, including the amount of natural breast tissue that you have, the elasticity of your skin, degree of breast droop, if any, and the size and shape of your rib cage (which often is not quite the same even from your right side to your left). All of these factors must be taken into account when determining the optimal implant.

We also have patients try breast sizers while in clinic. These are silicone implants that fit into a bra to help determine the amount of additional volume needed to achieve your goals.

We then utilize the Vectra 3D imaging system to verify the best size. This involves taking a 3-dimensional photo of you with a highly specialized camera. This photo can then be modified on the computer with the use of advanced software to show you what various implants would look like on your own body. We have found that the Vectra produces an accurate “sneak peek” as to how you will look with implants. This is very reassuring for patients, as they feel confident that they are making the right choice.

This is a personal process and the decision ultimately rests with you, but as a board-certified Plastic Surgeon experienced with breast augmentation, we are here to help guide you on the journey from idea to plan and answer any questions along the way. If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation, please contact Dr. Wilke and the team at 952-925-1765.


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