Smaller is Beautiful: Trends in Breast Augmentation
It’s a bit strange to think about trends in body types—as if it’s as easy to change your shape as it is to match your hairstyle or wardrobe to the fashions of the day. Of course, people can choose cosmetic surgery nowadays, and they do so by the millions annually. Some are hoping to rejuvenate, others to change a part of their body that impacts their self-esteem, and some to get a look that’s currently popular.
Today’s top cosmetic surgeons in NYC and across the country are noticing a trend that makes a lot of sense: the move toward smaller breasts. Hundreds of thousands of women who feel they are under endowed opt for breast augmentation each year, and some still elect to “go big.” But generally plastic surgeons tend to be using smaller implants now, whether they’re performing revision surgery or first-time enhancement.
If you’re thinking about breast augmentation, here are some questions you can consider to help you choose your implant size.
Will I Look Natural?
Most people would probably agree that women look best when their breasts are within a size range that makes sense for their frame. Too small may contribute to a lopsided, pear shaped appearance; too large may make a woman seem top heavy.
When selecting breast implants, the right size range is based on a number of factors and will vary from person to person. Body frame is especially important. Even a very tall woman may want to stick to a smaller size if her torso is narrow, for example. Generally speaking, not many women look natural with breasts spilling over the sides of their rib cage. Your plastic surgeon can explain how to choose the right implant dimensions to avoid this.
What’s Best for My Health and Comfort?
Large breasts can put strain on the body. If they are big enough, this can mean neck, back and shoulder aches. Some people find they are uncomfortable with certain types of exercise if their breasts are extra large. And occasionally, a woman will chose large implants without realizing the amount of extra attention she may experience in public. A seasoned plastic surgeon can help steer you to implants that should not result in unexpected complications.
Will I Need Additional Surgery?
Breast implants can last for many years or even decades. During that time, the body ages and skin loses elasticity. Breasts eventually sag no matter what size they may be, but larger breasts become droopier sooner.
Patients can always opt for breast lift surgery—around 130,000 choose this procedure each year, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. And, at that time, implants can be downsized if a woman desires. But additional breast surgery can be delayed or possibly avoided when smaller implants are used for the initial breast augmentation.
To get the best results from breast augmentation surgery, your choice of plastic surgeon is all-important. A top cosmetic surgeon here in NYC or elsewhere will accommodate your size wishes as long as he or she feels your goals are appropriate and the surgery makes sense. But be advised that the days of DD or larger breasts seem to be on the decline. Not sure you agree? Compare photos of celebs like Victoria Beckham and Pamela Anderson from years ago and today. You’ll see!
We would be delighted to consult with you about breast augmentation and any other cosmetic procedure you may have in mind. Give us a call at 212-570-6080.