Breast Augmentation: How to Decide Which Implant Size and Type is Right For You

The breast augmentation procedure has come a long way since Timmie Jean Lindsey underwent the first silicone breast implant operation in 1962 and from even earlier in history, when such horrifying products as paraffin, ivory, rubber, ox cartilage and even glazier’s putty were used to enhance the breasts. More advanced techniques and materials have significantly reduced the risks and helped patients to achieve much more natural-looking results.
However, the increased options patients now have when choosing to undergo breast augmentation can make it difficult to decide which type and size of implant to opt for. So, to help make it a little easier, below you’ll discover how to decide which implant size and type is right for you.

What is the best way to determine the right implant size?

Before deciding upon the type of implant you’d prefer, it helps to first figure out your desired breast size. This will be determined during the pre-surgery consultation. London cosmetic breast specialist Mr Paul Tulley will assess the shape of your chest and take into consideration how developed your breasts are, as well as take measurements of your current breast size. Your body weight and frame will also be taken into account, and you’ll discuss your desired results. Once this assessment is complete, you will be presented with different sized implants to try out.
These days, patients can get a good idea of how different sizes will look prior to having surgery, thanks to a range of trial bras. These feature different implant sizers that allow you to see exactly how the implants might look in underwear or under clothing. It takes away the guesswork and is ultimately the best way to determine which size is right for you.

Determining the right implant type

Once you’ve had an assessment, Mr Tulley will be able to advise you on the best implant type based upon your size preference and current measurements. When thinking about the different implant types, most patients will use a silicone gel implant with a Silicone shell. However, it also refers to the shape and projection of the implant, which is the distance from the chest wall. Round implants can provide a very good cosmetic result in patients with reasonable breast development and body weight and a good chest wall shape in general, providing the implant size is not too large.
Many patients erroneously believe that round implants are less natural looking than teardrop-shaped or anatomical breast implants but that is mainly due to a few high-profile celebrities, some of whom have had poorly- judged breast augmentation, with visibility of the implant edge and an unnatural appearance. This may be due to a too large and high profile implant selection, with the implant placed in the subglandular plane, and poor pocket dissection in some cases. This gives a very unnatural ‘stuck on’ appearance.
Tear-drop implants follow more closely the shape of the breast, with a smooth slope to the upper pole and more fullness at the bottom. For patients that are very slim, have little breast tissue, a flat chest wall, or who desire a larger implant size this implant is often the preferred option as it gives a more natural look.
Overall, the consultation plays a vital part in determining which size and type of implant will work best for you. It’s always recommended you try several different implant sizers to ensure you’re choosing the best option for you. Why not book a consultation today and discover which size will help you to achieve your desired results?