We’ve all heard the common adage that “bigger is better,” but when it comes to breast implants, that might not be the case anymore. You may be tempted to go all out when considering a breast augmentation for the first time, but a closer look reveals that modestly sized implants can have transformative, natural-looking results.
But the advantages aren’t just related to aesthetics - there are some additional benefits of smaller implants that might surprise you. Discover why more and more women are opting for smaller implants when making the decision to enhance their breasts.
There’s no doubt that breasts serve an important role for a woman’s beauty and sense of femininity, but larger breasts don’t necessarily enhance all women’s bodies in an ideal way. In many cases, a little goes a long way for breast augmentation, and just a small increase in size can lend a noticeable difference to a woman’s bust. As a result, many women find that smaller breast implants often look more natural.
Here’s why: it’s not just about breast volume; projection matters, too. Certain types of implants can make the breasts look more projected all the way around by adding volume to both the top and bottom portions of the breasts. So, when you combine this effect with implants that are already large to begin with, you might end up getting more than you bargained for in terms of the overall aesthetic. Some women forget to take this into consideration when choosing their implant size. After all, you want people to notice you – not your enhancements.
Many women cite their active lifestyle for the reason they chose smaller breast implants. As women with naturally voluptuous figures know, larger breasts can make it uncomfortable - or even painful - to engage in certain forms of exercise, especially running and other vigorous activities. When you’re sprinting down the track or swinging a tennis racket, it’s not exactly convenient to have to constantly rein in “the girls.” This is not only distracting, but it can affect your athletic performance as well. For women who enjoy an active lifestyle but still want to enhance their breasts, small implants are an ideal solution. This way, you can still achieve the feminine curves you desire while being able to comfortably partake in your regular activities.
In addition to aesthetic reasons and lifestyle compatibility, there are also fewer risks involved with smaller breast implants. When thin women who have very little breast tissue opt for large implants, this can cause complications like thinning skin and even loss of sensation. Likewise, since larger breast implants weigh more, they are more likely to eventually sag over time.
Larger and weightier implants may also lead to a higher risk of scarring and stretchmarks because of increased tension on the skin. Some of these complications can be fixed, but many women suffering from similar problems choose to undergo breast revision surgery to have their implants replaced.
While cleavage-baring tops and clubwear might be the fashion staples in your wardrobe right now, you probably won’t dress like that forever. As we reach different stages in life, our clothing choices often change as well. And for those looking to climb the corporate ladder one day, image can be almost as important as your skillset. Many women find it difficult to appropriately dress a large-breasted figure, especially in the corporate arena where the accepted style is more conservative.
Smaller breast implants will allow you to look your best while still maintaining a chic, seamless image as you age. So, if you’re considering a breast augmentation, it’s best to think long-term. Make sure you’re picking an implant size that’s compatible for the boardroom and beyond - not just spring break in Cabo.
How Do I Know Which Size Implants to Get?
As we’ve learned, smaller-sized implants can produce stellar results, but now you’re probably asking yourself: “How do I know which size is right for me?” Here’s a simple little trick you can do at home that allows you to “test drive” different sizes:
The Rice Bag Test
The “Rice Bag Test” is frequently recommended by plastic surgeons to women who are considering breast augmentation. Here’s what you’ll need to begin:
- A pair of pantyhose or nylons
- Measuring cup
Measure your rice according to these proportions:
- 1 ounce = 30cc
- 1 cup = 240cc
- 2 cups = 480cc
Once you’ve gathered your materials, follow these steps:
- Cut off the bottom part of your nylons so you have about 12 inches of length starting from the foot portion.
- Fill the foot of the stocking with rice, and tie a knot on the open end of the stocking. This will be your “implant.”
- Place your test implants in a non-padded bra, paying careful attention to how they look and feel, and how your clothes look over them.
- When you want to try a new size, just dump out and remeasure.
While of course this isn’t 100% accurate, it’s one of the best ways to get a better idea of how a certain size will translate to your body. When you’ve identified a size you like, feel free to bring your test implants to your breast augmentation consultation. Your surgeon will be able to recommend a corresponding implant size to help you achieve the best results for your frame.
Ultimately, smaller implants can have a big impact, and a modest increase in breast size might be exactly what you need to achieve an ideally balanced figure. Ready to see for yourself? To schedule your consultation for a breast augmentation, contact the specialists at Summit Medical Group’s Plastic Surgery Center.