Breast Implants: Why Bigger Is Not Always Better

Breast augmentation remains the number one surgical procedure year after year because restoring volume that was lost, or was never there to start off with, is a fantastic way to rejuvenate the entire torso. It can make your waist look smaller, your abdomen seem flatter, and your buttocks appear more lifted. This, in turn, may boost your self-confidence, making you feel more vital, energized, and youthful. However, as with most things in life, bigger is not always better when it comes to your breast implants.

Choosing the Right Size Breast Implant

As a breast surgery expert who has performed thousands upon thousands of breast augmentation procedures during my career, I know for a fact that the single most important component of a successful outcome is choosing the right size breast implant. Breast surgery is never one size fits all. The breast implant that worked for your best friend or even your sister may not be right for you because it has to fit within the base width of your breast. So, your cleavage, which is determined by the distance between your two breasts, is not going to change, and trying to do so by placing a bigger implant is not only going to look strange but will probably result in problems down the road such as implant malposition. This is when the implant either:

  • Drops below the crease beneath the breasts
  • Moves laterally towards the armpit

Do You Also Need a Breast Lift?

In addition to your breast footprint, the other factors to consider when sizing your breast implant may include:

  • Quality of the skin & tissues on your breast
  • Position of your nipple in relation to the inframammary fold
  • Lifestyle

Oftentimes, a breast surgery patient comes in to see me for a breast augmentation consultation. Yet, once I perform a physical examination, she presents with loose skin and weak breast tissue which are best addressed with a breast lift. Most patients are initially resistant to the idea of a breast lift. Maybe she has gone online and read about someone who avoided a breast lift by just getting bigger implants. This is never a good idea.

Why Bigger is Not Always Better

Weak breast tissue that has stretched due to:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Menopause
  • Age
  • Weight gain/loss

This tissue is not strong enough to hold a large implant, or possibly any implant, in place over time. Eventually, the implant will start to move. This is why I will always be honest if I think you need a breast lift. Furthermore, in many patients, lifting the breasts back to their proper position on the chest wall will restore their missing volume. And for those who still require more, I will perform a mastopexy augmentation by adding a breast implant to your lift.

Bottom line, my goal is to restore proper proportion to your torso. A body that is in harmony looks and feels more youthful. So, if you no longer love the look of your chest, come in and speak with me about breast surgery.

To find out more about breast augmentation with Dr. Mark Epstein in Long Island, contact us today or call 631-689-1100 to schedule a consultation.

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