How to Choose the Right Breast Implants for your Body

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Dr. Jude LaBarbera, MD Plastic Surgeon


How to Choose the Right Breast Implants for your Body

Choosing the right breast implants may be one of the toughest decisions to make as you approach surgery. You would have to analyze and consider several factors such as the shape, size, profile, and proportions of your desired end results. We are aware that the breasts are very sensitive organs in a woman’s life to the point that they dictate a woman’s social interactions, general life, and relationships. For positive results to be attained, it is highly advisable for patients seeking to enhance the appearance of their breasts to consult with a board-certified surgeon such as Dr. LaBarbera. The surgeon will help you achieve your desired goals and see to it that you have an amazing experience. There are two types of breast implants: Saline and Silicone implants. This article highlights considerations for choosing the best breast implants for you.

Listen to your Surgeon’s Advice

Most plastic surgeons are highly qualified professionals with years of experience in the field. What they tell you is all in your best interest depending on their test results and research. Though opinions differ from one surgeon to the other, always heed their advice.

Think Long-Term

Breast implants are considered generally safe and durable, though they are not meant to last for a lifetime. Before getting any breast implants, you should consider the duration you would want to have them in you. This includes asking yourself several questions such as whether you’d still be happy having them after 10 years if you would still love the look they would give you, how much would they impact your life 5 years from now, and so on. Do not choose a breast implant because of how big it would make your boobs look, and vice versa. Find the one that would please you 10 years down the line.

Consider your Body Measurements

Different people have different body measurements which show that there is a wide range of sizes to choose from. Depending on your body size, to include your breasts and chest’s width, it is ideal to select the implants that will completely blend with you and not overdo any part of your body. Remember that having oversized breast implants placed will put you at a higher risk of experiencing implant malposition over time.

Focus on Your Lifestyle

We all have lifestyles that dictate what we can and cannot do. While some prefer the daily morning runs, others would prefer the late-night pools, and others would choose to go for once in a while gym training. The right implants should definitely fit your lifestyle at all costs. From your wardrobe, work, sporting activities, travel, as well as friends and parties, if you are a fan.

Implant Size

Most women find the question about which implant size they would want challenging to respond to. This is because the implant size will greatly influence their final appearance. As a patient looking forward to getting breast implants, it is important to note that breast implants come in different sizes and that they differ from bra cup sizes. They are measured in volume (cubic centimeters) such that the larger the volume, the larger the size of the implant. Although two implants may have the same volume, they may be of different shapes and diameters. An implant with a wider diameter is much flatter and projects outwards compared to the one with a narrow diameter.

Body Shape, Figure, Weight, and Height

Your body shape and figure determine the kind of breast implants best for you. An oversized person with excess hanging skin and breasts would require a breast lift to be performed first in order to eliminate the excess skin, then the implants would be positioned so that the desired look could be achieved. For an individual with smaller breasts, she could either prefer implants that make the breasts seem firm, or she could go for implants that increase the volume of the breasts. In short, choosing the right breast implants considering your general anatomy prevents future complications such as back pain, shrinking, and rippling.

The Implant Profile

Implant profile refers to the extent to which an implant projects forward from the chest walls when in the standing position. A high-profile implant is full and curvy hence projects outwards more prominently, a moderate profile implant seems more real with a gentle slope, and a low-profile implant appears flatter with the appropriate volume intact. Note that implants may be of the same size, with the same diameter, and yet produce different levels of projection.

The Type of Implant

Breast implants exist in two types, that is Silicone and Saline. Silicone implants are commonly used because they are firmer and they give the feeling of natural breast tissue. They are filled with a cohesive gel that imitates the feeling of natural breast tissues compared to saline breast implants which have more fluid made of sterile salt. Both Silicone and Saline breast implants are considered safe for breast reconstruction and augmentation procedures depending on your surgeon’s view.

Age Consideration

As we age, the breasts naturally droop and appear flatter. This is why the best recommended time to get implants would be after you are done giving birth. Keep in mind that the breasts grow and shrink during and after pregnancy which makes the efforts wasted if you had implants before then. When you age, large and heavy implants cause the breast skin to droop faster hence losing its elasticity. For better results even as you grow old, have the right implants placed.

Consider your Existing Breast Tissue

The size of the implant you choose is also determined by the amount of breast tissue a person has. A patient with minimal breast tissue would require a larger implant while the one with larger breast tissue would require a smaller implant.


Breast implants are generally meant to assist the breasts to attain their desired look. They vary from one individual to another, in size, type, and the profile they would give. Before choosing the right breast implants for your body, consider the above points to help guide you in choosing correctly.