10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Breast Implant

6092372602_6269917565Breast implants are a constant source of controversy on the news. You see celebrities getting them put in all the time. Others are trying to rejuvenate their lives and repair relationships with them. If you’re considering breast implants, ignore everything you see in the media. It’s worthless and does nothing but cause a lot of confusion.

These are ten things you should consider when choosing an implant for your breast augmentation.

1.      Bra Size
Bra sizes differ all the time. You can’t figure out what bra sizes mean for your augmentation simply because they differ between manufacturers. It depends on the type of fabric, the rest of your body shape, and any padding within. Never ask for a specific implant based on your bra size. It’s inaccurate and could mean you get a smaller or bigger size than you expected.

2.      Look at Everything
Your hips, back, shoulders, and buttocks all influence how your breasts look. Measure the rest of your body and take into account how these will be affected with a specific implant size. You don’t want to have a pair of breasts which are disproportionate to the rest of your body.

3.      Public Perception
The perception of your new breasts in public will always influence how you feel about them. If you’re someone who regularly wears cocktail dresses, a large pair of breasts might not suit the dress. Professions like law don’t necessarily have any influence on the size of your breasts, so you’re free to go for a larger size if you desire.

In a conservative community, larger breasts might be frowned upon. Everyone’s situation differs slightly.

4.      Exercise
Your bra size can seriously limit your amount of physical activity. Any change in your breast size will always feel different, but if they’re too big they can be cumbersome and difficult to get to grips with. Take a look at your life and your future plans. Are you likely to get involved in sports and regular exercise anytime soon?

Your surgeon can tell you more about the potential effects on exercises, in relation to certain type of implant.

5.      Make and Model
There are so many different types of implant. You have to consider more than the size. The profile will influence the base diameter, for example. Another consideration is its effects on you in the next few years. The difference between saline and silicone are major considerations. Most surgeries specialise in one type, but they have other types in case patients want something different.

6.      Following the Crowd
A lot of cosmetic surgery ideas spread due to word of mouth. Some women decide to get a certain type of implant because one of their friends has the same one. What looks good on someone else won’t necessarily look good on you. Your body is different and it has different needs. Copying someone else can easily lead to a disproportionate chest, and in some cases back pain.

7.      Implant Sizers
Use implant sizers to give yourself an idea of what the breasts will look like in post-op. Bring a tight sports bra to compress and hold them in place. They do sit lower on the bra than breast implants, but it still gives a good idea as to what they’ll look like.

And for a little bit of background, sizers are simply gel cushions in roughly the same shape as a breast.

8.      Bring a Trusted Friend
There’s a lot of information given during the consultation. Bringing a friend increases the amount of information soaked up. They can also provide an insight into how sizers look and advise you. Make sure they aren’t pushy and they’re good listeners, though. Whilst you might ask for some help, this is your decision and nobody else’s.

9.      More Appointments
The initial consultation isn’t the be all and end all of the consultation process. If there’s something you don’t understand, feel free to return to your surgeon. They will be more than happy to have more appointments with you. Don’t enter the surgery unless you feel absolutely comfortable with the procedure.

10.  Your Decision
Nobody should make the decision for you. It’s up to you which implant you choose. The surgeon should have some input, but it shouldn’t be left up to him. It’s often based on personal preference, and your tastes might not be necessarily what his tastes are. Consult with your friends and family, but ensure you’re happy with the decision and you aren’t just ‘going along’ with someone.

Click here to find out more about breast augmentation and getting a consultation to discover what the surgery entails and how it could benefit your life.


Victoria Heckstall is a freelance writer who loves sharing her expertise through her articles.

3 thoughts on “10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Breast Implant

  • August 19, 2013 at 8:36 am

    To have best results for implants, we need to consider a few important things before the procedure. This article is very informative for those women wanting to have breast implants.

  • August 8, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Thank you for these great and useful tips, Victoria! I’m also considering breast augmentation and that’s why I’ve already booked a consultation with Dr. Jerome Edelstein. This surgeon is very good and professional and I’m sure he will help me choose the right breast implants for me. I’m really eager to undergo this cosmetic procedure and have bigger and sexier boobs! :D

    • August 8, 2013 at 5:56 am


      I am glad that you were able to find my article beneficial to you.


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