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How to Find the Perfect Size Breast Implant

What is the perfect size breast implant? This is one of the most common questions asked by women considering breast augmentation. The answer is… it depends. It depends on the cup size the patient thinks she wants, it depends on the particular anatomy and measurements of the patient, and it depends on the “look” she desires.

It is helpful to have some idea about your breast augmentation goals prior to your consultation. Dr. Rothfield uses this information as a starting point for designing a fully customized procedure that suits your figure and aesthetic goals. Here are some questions to consider before your breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Rothfield:

  • What cup size do you think you want? How much bigger would you like to be?
  • What type of figure or look would you like to achieve with a breast augmentation?
  • Is there a breast shape or type of cleavage you would prefer?

Dr. Rothfield’s Process

I measure all of my patients to record the specific dimensions of their breasts. This allows me to obtain quantifiable breast parameters to determine what sizes a patient can best accommodate. I then have each patient try on various sizer implants to give her an idea of what she will look like after breast augmentation and also to show me what she wants to look like. Then, by combining my aesthetic evaluation, the particular anatomy of the patient and the breast implant sizers, I am able to achieve that perfect size.

The final step in this process occurs in the operating room. After the patient is asleep, I insert sterile sizer implants (based on the above) and then sit the patient up on the operating table. I then move to the foot of the bed and evaluate the shape and size of the breasts. Behind me is my assistant, the scrub nurse, the circulating nurse and the anesthesiologist. I then determine if the breast is exactly the size the patient has requested and will confirm that with my surgical team. Usually I will put in the same size implant that we had planned for, but occasionally it will be different… sometimes larger and sometimes smaller, whatever it takes to get the perfect size breast implant.

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery and want an experienced plastic surgeon you can trust, Contact Weston Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rothfield

Editor’s note: The original version of this post was published on March 25, 2010.

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