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Breast Augmentation: Choosing the ideal size

If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, you’ve probably wondered, “What’s the ideal size for me?” It involves considerations about your body, lifestyle, and personal expectations.

Many women choose this surgery for various reasons, such as enhancing symmetry, restoring volume lost after pregnancy or weight loss, or simply boosting self-esteem and confidence.

A study conducted by the University of Florida found that women who underwent breast augmentation reported greater life satisfaction, with 92% stating that the surgery met or exceeded their expectations.

Your body is unique, and what works for one person might not be best for you. Evaluating height and weight is crucial to ensure that the implant size is proportional and natural-looking. 

The projection of the implant refers to how much it stands out from the chest. This can significantly influence the final result. High projection implants create a more pronounced and fuller profile, while low projection ones offer a subtler appearance. 

Bringing reference photos to your consultation can be very helpful. Photos of examples of what you like and don’t like give your surgeon a clearer idea of your expectations.


If you are an active person, play sports, or have an intense routine, very large implants might not be the best option. Think about how your new breasts will fit into your daily life and activities.

Know how much you are willing to spend on the surgery. The cost can vary depending on the type of implant and the complexity of the procedure. Additionally, consider possible additional costs, such as pre-operative tests and post-operative care.

Take in consideration that the initial consultation with a surgeon is a vital step in the process of choosing the ideal size of implants. During this consultation, the surgeon will assess your physical characteristics, discuss your expectations, and present the best options for your case.

This is an opportunity to ask all your questions and ensure that you feel comfortable and confident with your decision.

The profile of breast implants is how much the breast protrudes from the flat part of your chest.  You can choose from different profiles depending on how “perky” you want them to be: low, moderate, high, or ultra-high.

  • Low profile: Low-profile implants have a flatter appearance and minimal projection. Good fit for patients with a wider chest.
  • Moderate profile: Moderate protrudes slightly more than low profile. This size can create a natural appearance and looks good on patients with narrow or smaller breasts.
  • High profile: If you want significant projection, then high-profile implants are the ideal solution. Good fit for patients with narrow chests.
  • Ultra high profile: This implant has the maximum projection and fullness of the upper pole. They have the narrowest base and are great for small women with narrow breasts and little breast tissue, as this type of implant can help patients increase several cup sizes for a natural, but dramatic, appearance.

Types of Implants: Silicone vs. Saline

When considering breast augmentation surgery, one of the most critical decisions women face is choosing between silicone and saline implants.

Silicone implants are known for providing a more natural look and feel. Are filled with cohesive silicone gel that mimics the consistency of natural breast tissue. This characteristic makes them softer to the touch and less prone to visible wrinkles or rippling. Women opting for silicone implants often highlight their satisfaction with the realistic feel and natural aesthetics they provide.

Please consider that if a silicone implant ruptures, the leakage may not be immediately noticeable, requiring regular monitoring with imaging tests for detection. Also, these implantes are generally more expensive than saline implants.

Surgeons fill saline implants with a saline solution similar to that found in the human body. They insert the implants empty and, once positioned, fill them through a sealed valve. This technique allows for volume adjustment during surgery to achieve the desired symmetry

If a rupture occurs, saline solution is absorbed by the body, making it visible quickly. They are generally more affordable compared to silicone implants.

On another hand, they may feel firmer and less similar to natural breasts and a rupture can lead to immediate volume loss and require prompt replacement.

Both types of implants are safe and widely used, each with important considerations to discuss with your plastic surgeon to determine the best fit for your individual needs.

Recovery and expected results

The recovery time after breast augmentation surgery varies from person to person, but typically, patients can expect to start feeling better within a few weeks. During the initial days, some discomfort and swelling are common, which gradually subsides. Most women can resume light activities within about a week, but vigorous exercise and heavy lifting, should be avoided for several weeks to allow for complete healing.

Post-operative care plays a crucial role in smooth recovery. This includes following the plastic surgeon’s instructions regarding medication use, wound care, and providing adequate breast support during the initial period. Monitoring for signs of infection or complications is also essential for a trouble-free recovery.

To ensure the best results, it’s important to adhere to all post-operative medical recommendations and attend scheduled follow-up appointments. This not only promotes quicker recovery but also helps in early detection and treatment of any issues. Additionally, maintaining a healthy diet, adequate hydration, and avoiding smoking can significantly benefit the healing process.

Don’t wait any longer to take the first step towards your transformation. Schedule a consultation with the experts at Smart Plastic Surgery today and discover how we can help you achieve your aesthetic goals safely and effectively.

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