There are many options to consider if you are considering a breast augmentation procedure. Finding the right doctor, deciding on a type of implant, and choosing an implant size are just a few of the important factors you will need to research before scheduling your surgery. The team at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery can help you to understand the differences between types of implants and breast implant sizes at any of our Long Island, Manhattan, Hamptons, and Boca Raton, FL offices. To learn more about the procedure and available sizes of breast implants, please contact our office to make an appointment with Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg.
Choosing the Right Size Implant
Choosing the right breast implant size is not as simple as deciding what cup size you would like to be. Implant sizing is measured by volume, not cup size, and there are many different factors to consider when choosing the appropriate one to meet your aesthetic goals.
When you come in for your initial consultation with Dr. Greenberg, he will take a series of measurements to analyze the dimensions of your chest, amount of natural breast tissue, and your skin laxity. These numbers will determine the volume, width, and projection of implants you will be able to support. Simply put, an implant’s width cannot exceed the width of the breast, and the projection or profile of the implant cannot exceed the skin’s ability to stretch. At our practices we operate with Vectra XT the complete 3D imaging solution for body, breast and face. This visual simulator is used to provide our patients with a visual image of themselves to explore the exciting possibilities of the aesthetic procedure, and help achieve their personal goals.
Breast implants are measured by volume, typically in cubic centimeters. Implants of the same volume come in different shapes, widths, and textures, so the only way to determine which combination of options will be right for you is to speak with a qualified cosmetic surgeon.
It is important to choose an implant that will give you the bust line that you desire, but also one that the dimensions of your chest will be able to support. Gummy bear implants are a great option for many women; however, some women may prefer a rounder appearance. When Dr. Greenberg records the measurements of your chest, he will create an established guideline for implant width that will be optimal for your body type, as well as cosmetic goals.
The projection of the implants refers to the forward profile from the chest, or the distance, in relation to the base of the implant. A higher projection implant will create a more prominent silhouette than a lower one. Implants of the same width come in differing projections and volumes.
Additional Implant Options
In addition to volume, width, and projection, breast implants also come in different shapes and textures. Some women prefer round implants while others prefer teardrop-shaped because they feel they more closely resemble the appearance of a natural breast. Implants can have a smooth or textured surface. Smooth implants are used most frequently since they are softer and do not ripple as easily. A textured material is used to keep teardrop-shaped implants vertically aligned. This prevents them from rotating and distorting the appearance of the breast.
Contact Our Office to Learn More
If you have questions about the size, shape, or texture of the implants that you will be choosing for your breast augmentation procedure, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Greenberg.