Are Your Breast Implants Too Big?

The vast majority of women who undergo augmentation are happy with their results but there are those who aren’t, especially those who end up going too big or too small. Going too large can cause your breasts to look fake, but so can going too small. “I like to use sizers, which are like bra inserts, so patients can see what they may look like if they augment their breasts,” says Torrance, CA, plastic surgeon Linda L. Swanson, MD

Implants that are too big can cause a wide array of issues. The breasts can sag later on because the implants are too heavy, the breasts can become too wide, the skin and tissue can stretch out, and asymmetry can occur. Working out, running, and swimming can be bothersome, and it can be more difficult to find supportive bras and tops. Physical pain, such as shoulder and neck pain, can occur as well.

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If your breasts are too big after your augmentation (wait at least six to 12 months to make sure all the swelling has gone down and your breasts have matured into place), you may want to consider having them removed and replaced with smaller ones. “A lot of doctors don’t perform breast lifts when that’s really what is needed. Instead, they think that using a really big implant will solve all of the patient’s breast problems. But that’s not the solution if the nipples are too low. The patient will simply end up with large breasts that still appear saggy and need a lift,” says Dr. Swanson.

"If you feel that your breasts look fake or unnatural following an augmentation, they can best be corrected by returning to the original anatomy and size, and design a procedure that corrects any changes that produced the result that appears fake.” says Peoria, IL, plastic surgeon John Eric Lomax, MD.

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