How do I choose the right implant?

Choosing the right breast implant size for my patients is key to being able to deliver the results that my patients expect.  Oftentimes, women look for examples in women who are unlike themselves. They hear from their friends how large of breast implants they should have. Women look to me for guidance in understanding what they want and giving them the best options in implants that will achieve their goals.

What most women don’t know before they come in is that the right implant size for each patient is completely unique to their anatomy and goals. I prioritize a complete discussion regarding breast implant sizing technique for each individual patient. During the sizing process I take measurements of the breast width and nipple position and fully assess the skin and existing breast tissue. Once this is completed, I utilize an advanced 3 D modelling visualization system called the Vectra that helps predict the appearance of the patient after breast augmentation is completed.

We review the implant styles and profiles that are ideal for achieving the goals of the patient. There are certain measurements that will narrow the range of implants that would be appropriate for patients given goals of being modestly or more fully enhanced. The base diameter (width) of your breast will determine the width of breast implant appropriate for size. The amount of soft tissue you have to place over the implant also plays an important role. Placing implants that are inappropriately sized can lead to complications and outcomes that are aesthetically and functionally undesirable such as implant migration, over stretching of skin which in extreme circumstances lead to stretch marks.  In nearly all cases, with this fine attention to the sizing process at The Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery, patients are thrilled with their outcomes.

For more information please call our office at (503) 646-0101, and one of our patient services specialists will be happy to assist you.

Written by: Dr. Rachel Streu, FACS