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The Pros and Cons of Small Breast Implants

Anya Kishinevsky, M.D. Jul 14, 2017

A surgeon with a breast implantBreast augmentation surgery can have a dramatic impact on your appearance. Consistently one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures every year, breast augmentation can increase the side of the bustline, improve your confidence, and enhance your curves and contours.

Patients often contact our Fairfield plastic surgery center with questions about implant size. We'd like to take this opportunity to consider the pros and cons of small breast implants.

The Advantages of Small Breast Implants

Some of the most important advantages of getting small breast implants include the following:

  • Subtle Aesthetic Results – Compared to large breast implants, small breast implants are often able to achieve subtle and more natural-looking results.

  • Faster Healing and Recovery – Since placing small breast implants tends to be less invasive than placing large breast implants, patients often experience less post-operative pain and heal much faster after surgery

  • Smaller Surgical Scars – With small breast implants, surgical incisions tend to be smaller when compared to large implants, which means the potential for less visible scarring.

  • Reduced Risk of Complications – Patients who get small breast implants tend to have a lower risk of post-operative complications when compared to patients who get large breast implants.

  • Less Drooping and Sagging Later in Life – With small breast implants, there tends to be less drooping and sagging in advanced age, which means the breasts will appear perkier and firmer later in life.

The Disadvantages of Small Breast Implants

While there are numerous advantages to small breast implants, it's important to consider these two key disadvantages.

  • Results May Not Be Dramatic Enough – Some patients may feel like small breast implants do not achieve the right amount enhancement. Larger breast implants may be more ideal, particularly with patients who have wider or larger frames.

  • Need for Adjustment Surgery Later On – If a patient is dissatisfied with the results of their initial surgery, it's likely they will seek out a revision procedure later in life. This means additional surgery and an additional cost rather than achieving ideal results the first time around.

Are Large Breast Implants Better?

No, not necessarily.

While large breast implants may be ideal for some patients, many patients will benefit from getting smaller breast implants placed. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to breast enhancement. It's ideal to find the right size for you and your needs, which is what plastic surgeons should always strive for.

Tailoring Breast Augmentation to the Needs of the Patient

During the consultation process, we will go over all of your options for breast augmentation surgery, helping you make choices that help meet your aesthetic goals. This includes discussing the size, shape, and profile of breast implants as well as the ideal composition (i.e., saline or silicone) and placement of the implants. By tailoring all aspects of the surgery to you and your needs, we can achieve the most exceptional surgical outcomes.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation Surgery

For more information about breast implants and whether or not they are right for you, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters in much greater detail.

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