When you’re thinking about breast augmentation with breast implants, among the many choices you’ll have to make is the size of the implants. While some women want a modest increase in size, others are looking for something a bit more dramatic, choosing the largest implants available.
Although large implants aren’t always a problem, they can become an issue if you end up going too large. In most cases, oversized implants can be avoided by using sizers before the surgery and by discussing your expectations and goals with your surgeon beforehand.
With that said, there have been cases when breast implants that seemed like the appropriate size turn out to be too large. It could be that after you’ve had time to fully recover and heal from your breast surgery that you realize you just aren’t happy with the size.
The good news is that you don’t have to live with an implant that’s too big for the rest of your life. You have several options if you’re not happy with your results.
The Trouble With Implants That Are Too Big
Overly large breasts aren’t only an aesthetic concern. You might be unhappy with the way your breasts look or might notice that you now have more difficulty finding tops and dresses that fit.
That’s not likely to be your only problem. If you go too big, the implants themselves can cause some trouble. For example, the weight of the implants can cause the skin around the breasts to stretch out, leading to sagging and drooping. An implant that’s too big and heavy can cause the breasts to widen and to separate. There’s also an increased risk for asymmetry due to the excess weight of the implant.
Plenty of women with naturally large breasts seek out breast reductions each year because of the challenges of living with overly large breasts. For example, everyday activities such as exercising, swimming or running become particularly challenging when the breasts are very large. Some women also end up with shoulder, neck or back pain because of the weight of their breasts.
Can You Remove Oversized Implants?
If you do end up with implants that are too big for you, you’re not stuck with them for life. A surgeon can remove your current implants and replace them with a pair that is a more appropriate or proportional in size. Depending on your wishes, it’s also possible to remove the implants entirely, without replacing them. In that case, your surgeon might also perform a breast lift to alter the shape of your natural breasts and to eliminate any sagging.
There’s No “One Size Fits All” Solution
How can you avoid getting a pair of implants that’s too big in the first place? Choosing the right size of implant is a bit of an art. It all depends on the woman’s build and preferences. Just because one size looked great on your friend, doesn’t mean it is the right option for you.
Women come in all different shapes and sizes. Choosing the right implant size means looking beyond the size on a bra. You can’t just say “I want to be a 36C” and expect to get your ideal look. Instead, your surgeon will help you choose a size of implant based on your height, the width of your chest and your overall goals. It might be that the size of implant that was perfect for your friend is way too big for you.
It’s also worth considering how active you are when you’re thinking about breast augmentation. If you are at the gym every day or love going for long runs, larger breasts could hamper your lifestyle. A larger pair of implants might not look too big, but if they end up keeping you from doing what you love, they’re not the right fit for you.
You’re not on your own when it comes to choosing the right implant size. In Houston, Texas, Dr. Paul Vitenas is a top rated plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgeries. He can discuss your implant options with you and help you choose a size that will meet your goals and that will work with your lifestyle. To schedule a consultation, call 281-484-0088 today.