So you’re thinking about having a Breast Augmentation, you’ve researched your clinic and surgeon, so what happens next? It’s time to think about your implants. Your surgeon will be able to make very educated suggestions as to what can and will work but ultimately the decision rests with you. In some cases you will be limited to what the surgeon or clinic selects (or is able to provide) but it’s still good to be knowledgeable when it comes to all the possibilities.
If you’ve had a look at The Private Clinic’s Twelve Part Video Series on Breast Augmentation then you will have seen the chapter on choosing implants. If you haven’t seen it then they do recommend taking a look, it’s a thorough and comprehensive look at the entire patient journey presented by their Medical Director Mr Adrian Richards who is well regarded as one of the top breast surgeons in the country. But they’d like to take this opportunity to provide you with the relevant information here as well.
First you will pick your size, the whole purpose of the procedure is to make your breasts larger so it’s important that you choose the right size. Take your time with this and ask to see different size implants, you can try them on and get an idea of how they will look and feel. Discuss the size options with your surgeon and medical team. There are so many options but it is important to remember that implant sizes are not measured the same way as breast sizes. That is a common misconception, breast implants are measured on their volume in cubic centimetres ‘CC’. There is however a rough correlation: an increase of a single cup size usually takes 200cc of breast implant. Please note this equation does become skewed the bigger you go.
Next you will look at shape. The two different implant shapes are:
Anatomical aka Teardrop – Some even refer to anatomical implants as ‘natural’ implants this is due to their intended outcome and appearance. The teardrop tends to flatter the natural shape of a breast and is thinner towards the top looking like a teardrop.
Round – Implants that are round add volume to the entire breast and can result in breasts appearing more circular which is an aesthetic that works very well for some ladies but tends to (but doesn’t always) look less natural.
Both are popular and come with their own pros and cons, and it really depends on how you would like your breasts to look. Bringing in pictures of what you like (and what you don’t) will really help your surgeon pin down the exact look that works for you as you discuss it together; communication is everything.
The next step is to consider the implant projection, this is usually determined by the surgeon but at The Private Clinic they believe it is worth you knowing the options. They are firm believers in empowering their patients with knowledge so they understand exactly what is happening.
The projection of your implant is defined by the side profile view of your chest. There are three major projection types:
Low Profile – If you have a wide chest wall then you will want the implants wider with little projection off the chest.
Moderate Profile – Women who have a narrow chest will particularly benefit from a Moderate Profile, there is more projection than with the Low Profile option but there is no great increase in terms of width at the sides.
High Profile – For smaller or petite women, or ladies with a narrower chest wall, High Profile will be the best option. The narrow base ensures optimal projection.
If there is anything you’d like to discuss in more detail with your surgeon then it is best to do so without hesitation. At The Private Clinic they encourage you to come in for further consultations if needed and even get a second opinion if you are unsure of anything. You can also bring a loved one with you for support; it’s also good to have a fresh pair of eyes on the situation as they might remember to ask something that you forgot.
The Private Clinic have a rigorous vetting process and only work with the most respected and experienced surgeons. If you go to The Private Clinic you know you’re in the best hands for Breast Enlargement, Reduction or even Nipple or Areola corrections, as well as all general plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures.
For more info on implant sizes or if there’s anything else you’d like to know please have a look at their website or call them on 03339209135.