Breasts: How Big Can You Go?

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Breast augmentation surgery is the most popular cosmetic enhancement procedure for women, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. This is an immensely satisfying procedure when women have realistic expectations-namely, how large of an enhancement is safe and reasonable.

The average increase is one to two cup sizes, and the typical goal is to bring proportion to a woman’s figure or to replace volume lost after pregnancy and breastfeeding. But women who are looking for a major increase in size or dramatically large breasts face the very real potential of added risks: unnatural appearance and a higher incidence of capsular contracture (the hardened scar tissue that can form around the implant).

Determining how large you can go requires taking into account the amount of natural breast tissue you have to cover the implant, your physical frame, and your chest wall. The profile (projection), width and volume of the implant will determine the final appearance. Placing the implant your doctor recommends for you in a bra is a good approximation of what you’ll look like in clothing after your surgery.

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