Breast Implants SizesChoosing the right implant size is a matter of balancing what you already have with what you want and what we can use. We will measure you during your consultation and these measurements will determine the size of the implant we should use, the pocket placement (ie below the muscle or over the muscle) the shape of the implant and the incision placement.
The amount of nipple droop (or breast ptosis) will also tell us whether you need to think about any other procedures to reshape the breast at the time of implant placement or at some other time in the future.
Breast augmentation surgery is obviously designed to make your bra size bigger. One of the common questions at a consultation will be to find out what size you are just now and what size you would like to be.
Although your surgeon will be able to give you a size which is roughly in keeping with what you want, there are usually never any guarantees of exact size. In fact, different bra manufacturers will have different sizes to fit the same person.
All this means that you will usually be able to have a breast size roughly within the region of what you are hoping to achieve.
Your surgeon may perform various measurements as part of the consultation. These may help you and your surgeon decide what implant sizes are best for you.
These measurements may include:
The distance between your nipple and the bone at the bottom of your neck
The width of the nipple-areolar-complex
The width of the breast itself
The distance between the two nipples
The distance between the nipple and the bottom of the breast
The amount of pull present within the skin of the breast
The thickness of the tissue at the top and sides of the breast
The height of the inframammary fold
The point along the chest wall where the breast begins to take off.
All these measurements will tell you and your surgeon what size of implant to use, what pocket to use, what incision to use, whether the same implants need to be used in each side and whether there is already some degree of asymmetry between the two sides.
Breast implants don't come in cup sizes, but they do come in volume or weight sizes. The bigger the implant, the greater the cup size increase you can expect to see after your operation. The bigger your bra band width that you currently use, the bigger the implant size you will need to increase your cup size by one letter.
Different surgeons will use different ways of deciding together with you what's best for your requirements. One way of deciding is to talk about implant dimensions. In other words, if we know how wide your breast already is, and if we know the measurements of the implants, then we can match this to how much of a size increase you want.
If you do not have enough pull of skin within your own breast, you may not be able to have as large an implant inserted as you may want. In these cases, you might need two operations to go bigger in stages. The vast majority of women, though, will be able to have a single operation to help them achieve their aims.
Most women want a very natural look and one that is in harmony and balance with the rest of their body shape and size, often wanting to look as if they haven't had an operation, and also looking as if they don't need an operation.
Some women, however, want a very enhanced look. In these cases, we can offer a range of expandable implants where the skin can be repeatedly stretched after the implant is inserted by pumping a salt water solution into the implants until the skin is stretched to its limits. This is then repeated until the desired size is achieved. If this is something you would like, please note that you will need to visit Glasgow probably around six or eight times for your consultation, surgery, and expansions.
With the newer ranges of breast implants, it is now possible to choose an implant based on desired projection, available skin for projection and current breast base dimensions. These "biodimensional" implants are also cohesive gel, carry a lifetimer warranty against manufacturing defects, and can be used for greater choice and accuracy.
Skin laxity is determined at the time of consultation, and if enough laxity is already present, then the projection achieved with the extra high projection biodimensional implants may be greater than the projection from expandable options. The exact method best suited to you will be discussed during the consultation and a decision will be made together on how best to take things further.
Breast enlargement surgery is also known as breast augmentation, breast enhancement, inserting breast implants, and having a boob job. Currently, the most common means of breast augmentation is by inserting breast implants into the chest to make the breasts appear larger.
In the future, plastic surgeons may be able to grow fat cells and implant them into the chest wall, but currently this is not performed for thin women who are looking for cosmetic enhancement. Usually both sides are, but sometimes only one side needs to be treated if someone has two breasts that are very different in size.