Expert Advice: What to Consider Before Getting Large Breast Implants

Facing the decision to enhance your physique with large breast implants can feel like standing at a crossroads, each path promising a different reflection in the mirror. For many, the heart of the dilemma isn’t just about wanting a change. It’s about the deep-seated yearning to align one’s outer image with their inner sense of self.

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Yet, the journey to this alignment is fraught with uncertainties. Concerns over implant size, the impact on health, and the quest for natural-looking results loom large. These worries often stem from a lack of clear, trustworthy guidance in a sea of overwhelming options.

This article addresses the core issues head-on by offering expert insights into navigating the complex world of breast augmentation. With a focus on informed decision-making, we illuminate the path to not only achieving your aesthetic goals but doing so with confidence and safety at the forefront. Read on to discover how to make the choice that feels right for you, guided by the wisdom of seasoned professionals.

Your Choices for Large Breast Implants

There are two types of implants: saline and silicone gel. Saline implants consist of a silicone rubber shell filled with sterile salt water. They’re known for their safety. If they leak, the body can absorb the saline harmlessly. However, siche they are a bag of water, they don’t feel as natural especially in thinner patients with little breast tissue.

Silicone implants, filled with silicone gel, feel almost like natural breast tissue and are popular because of this realistic feel and appearance. You may hear the concept of “Gummy Bear” implants. It turns out this term is mostly marketing and is clinically less important. All Silicone Gel implants are “cohesive gel” implants. This means the gel is a solid (versus the old gel prior to 1993 that was mostly liquid inside). This gives it a better feel but also, if the implant breaks, prevents the gel from moving through tissue. It stays put and can be easily removed and replaced. Some Cohesive Gel is firmer and more rubbery. Each Implant manufacturer claims theirs is the best “Gummy Bear” implant. Clinically because of FDA standards, they are all nearly identical so the argument whether one manufacturer is better is honestly not clinically relevant. All Cohesive Gel implants offer the best natural feel and appearance.

Choosing the right implant type is not just about the aesthetic outcome but also about aligning with your personal health goals and lifestyle. For instance, some might prefer saline for peace of mind regarding leaks, while others might opt for silicone for a more natural feel.

The Role of Body Type and Implant Size

The role of body type in determining the appropriate implant size cannot be overstated. Every body is unique, and what works for one person might not suit another.

The goal of breast size enhancement is to achieve balance and proportion with the rest of your body. For example, a taller person with a broader chest might opt for a larger implant size to maintain proportion. At the same time, someone petite might choose a smaller implant to achieve a natural-looking enhancement.

It’s not just about the number of cc’s (cubic centimeters) in an implant. Rather the actual dimensions of the base and projection of the specific implant that complements your natural anatomy is far more important. Each patient is unique so comparing results by wanting the same CC’s as another person is not a useful discussion.  A skilled breast surgeon can help navigate these decisions by ensuring the chosen implant size enhances your overall silhouette without compromising comfort or health.

The key is to strive for symmetry and proportion, tailoring the augmentation to enhance your natural body shape and size.

Considerations for Long-Term Health and Lifestyle

When thinking about getting large breast implants, it’s important to consider how they might affect your health and way of life in the long run.

One key point is the possibility of needing more surgery in the future. Implants don’t last forever. Breast Implants should be thought of as a Maintenance Procedure and that it is likely to require revision at some point. 20% of Patients need some revision within 10 years.  Electing for very large implants may require more revisional surgery and can stress your natural tissue beyond its limits. The desire to “Go Big” must be tempered with the potential consequences of using an implant that is very large. Very large implants are associated with more revisional surgery including breast lifts that necessitate visible permanent scars.

Your daily activities and physical comfort can also be impacted by the size of the implants you choose. For those who lead an active lifestyle, particularly involving sports or exercise, large implants might pose some challenges.

They can:

  • Affect balance
  • Cause discomfort during high-impact activities
  • Lead to back pain if not proportionate to your body frame

It’s crucial to weigh how breast augmentation fits into your current lifestyle and any possible changes you’re willing to make for your desired breast size.

Surgical Considerations and Techniques

The surgical approach taken during breast augmentation plays a significant role in your recovery and the final look of your implants. The incision location and where the implant is placed in relation to your muscle and breast tissue are decisions made based on achieving the best possible outcome while minimizing visible scarring.

Common incision sites include:

  • Under the breast fold (inframammary)
  • Around the nipple (periareolar)
  • In the armpit (transaxillary)

Each has its advantages, depending on the implant type and the patient’s anatomy.

Implant placement is another critical decision. Implants can be placed either under the pectoral muscle (submuscular) or directly behind the breast tissue, over the muscle (subglandular).

Submuscular placement can offer a more natural slope of the breast and reduced risk of capsular contracture, but it may involve a longer recovery period. Subglandular placement might be suitable for those with sufficient breast tissue to cover the implant or for athletes who require full muscle function.

Making the Decision with Expert Guidance

Making the right decision about getting large breast implants requires more than just researching online. It calls for expert guidance from a board-certified surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

A personalized consultation is your first step towards achieving the look you desire safely and effectively. During this meeting, you can:

  • Discuss your aesthetic goals
  • Ask questions
  • Express any concerns you might have

The surgeon will evaluate your body type, skin quality, and overall health to recommend the best options for you. They will explain the differences between implant types, sizes, and surgical techniques to ensure you have all the information needed to make an informed choice.

This one-on-one time is crucial for tailoring the procedure to meet your specific needs and expectations and ensure you feel confident and informed about your decision to pursue breast augmentation.

Empowering Your Choice in Breast Augmentation

Choosing large breast implants is a transformative journey that extends beyond physical appearance to touch the very essence of how you see yourself. Throughout this article, we’ve explored critical factors to consider, guided by expertise and a deep understanding of your desires for augmentation.

At Sacramento Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Donald Hause brings over 25 years of experience, marrying artistry with precision in plastic surgery to ensure your results are not just seen but felt deeply. Our commitment to personalized care and natural-looking results sets us apart.

Ready to take the next step towards the you that you’ve envisioned? Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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