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How Breast Implant Size Affects Surgery Results

James E. Murphy, MD Apr 8, 2015

A woman in a light blue braWhen patients come to visit Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa here in Reno, they can count on our team to help them get the best possible results with regard to cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. We take great care when tailoring procedures to the needs of patients, which is especially important when using breast implants to enhance the size, shape, and contour of the breasts.

With this in mind, let's consider some of the ways that breast implant size affects the results of breast augmentation surgery. You may be surprised to learn that the issue is more complicated than you think.

Implant Size Matters, But Not Always How You Think

When it comes to undergoing a breast augmentation, it's true that the size of the breast implants matter, but there are plenty of concerns to keep in mind apart from just size per se. Any decision about breast implant size has positives and negatives to keep in mind.

The Pros and Cons of Large Breast Implants

While getting large breast implants will lead to a significant increase in the appearance of a patient's bustline, it's not always ideal to get the largest breast implants possible.

Some of the advantages of getting large breast implants include:

  • Dramatic enhancement of the breast size and shape
  • Changes a patient's overall body contour in a significant manner

Some of the disadvantages of getting large breast implants include:

  • Results may look unnatural
  • Greater likelihood of leakage and ruptures
  • Potential need for revision or secondary surgery later on

Regarding the last point, the problem of bottoming out is more likely with large breast implants. This refers to the gradual slippage of the implant beneath the breast pocket that is made for it.

The Pros and Cons of Small Breast Implants

Conversely, getting breast implants that are small may not be automatically ideal either. Small breast implants have their own unique pros and cons to keep in mind.

Some of the advantages of getting small breast implants include:

  • Results more likely to appear natural
  • Reduced possibility of rupture and leakage
  • Greater flexibility with placement and positioning

Some of the disadvantages of getting small breast implants include:

  • Results may be too conservative or lackluster
  • Potential need for revision or secondary surgery to address dissatisfaction

Other Factors That Affect Breast Augmentation Surgery Results

In addition to breast implant size, it'a also important for plastic surgeons to consider these other important factors in a surgery:

  • Breast implant profile
  • Breast implant shape
  • The composition of the breast implants
  • The placement of the breast implant relative to the muscle and glandular tissue
  • The location of incisions during the surgical procedure

The above can have a major affect on the overall results of breast augmentation surgery as well as patient satisfaction.

A Full Consultation Will Help You Get the Best Results

It's important to work with your surgeon to figure out how to make your surgery just right. That's what the consultation process is here for. Using his expertise in the field, Dr. Murphy will carefully consider all of the factors noted above so that your surgery can be fully tailored to your needs.

Contact Our Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

For more information about breast augmentation surgery and the many other options available to enhance and improve your curves and contours, be sure to contact our plastic surgery and cosmetic skin care spa today. Dr. James E. Murphy and the entire team here look forward to meeting you in person and giving you the information you need to help you look and feel your best.

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