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Breast Augmentation: Is Bigger Better?

Everywhere you turn, it seems you’re being told you need more of something. Whether you’re being compelled to “super-size” a fast food combo, purchase the vehicle with more horsepower or buy one product to get another one free, you’re constantly being told that bigger is better. In this blog post, Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso outline why going giant-sized on breast augmentation isn’t necessarily the best choice for everyone.    

From Height to Tissue Type

Realistically, there is a finite number of implants that reasonably work for each body type. A candidate’s breast width is important, as is the height of her natural breast. A woman with a long torso, for instance, will need a taller implant to see noticeable results than someone of shorter stature. Another consideration is a patient’s skin type. Placing too much volume in loose or thin skin can lead to noticeable sagging.

Taking Out the Guesswork

Luckily, modern technology can help you see how different implant sizes would look on you. Three-dimensional images can be created from precise measurements and photographs to allow you to get a glimpse of the end result. Crisalix, an exciting new technology in plastic surgery that takes a 3D image of your body, has been recently acquired by Dr. Pearl and Dr. Ereso. Using the Crisalix platform, you can “try on” different sizes in the comfort of your plastic surgeon’s office. Being able to see and discuss your “before” and “after” photo using implants of different sizes and shapes before the surgery will dramatically improve your confidence in knowing what size and shape works best for you. Knowledge is power, and by looking at a range of possibilities that fit your frame, you can ultimately pick the option that will flatter your figure the most.

Be Open-minded

Occasionally, women arrive at their consultations with expectations that don’t work well with their natural figures. It’s important to have an open conversation with your doctor, and consider his advice. If you opt for implants that are too large for your frame, you run the risk of developing noticeable breast sagging and potentially needing breast lift surgery down the road. After consultation, most patients leave wanting implants that fit within the natural parameters of their bodies.

Ultimately, it’s up to the patient to decide how large she wants her breasts to be. However, bigger is not always better, and it’s important to take your natural body type into consideration. To schedule a consultation to discuss breast augmentation with Dr. Samuel Pearl or Dr. Alexander Ereso, please contact Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center at (650) 964-6600.