In decades past, the general attitude towards breast augmentation was “go big or go home.” Fast forward twenty years, however, and things have changed—a lot. Today, women are increasingly opting for small to mid-sized implants, and here’s why:
- The hourglass is in.
Though no one would deny that breasts form a vital part of a woman’s silhouette, they’re no longer expected to take center stage. Instead, women are seeking a more balanced body. They’re pairing lower body exercises with a pair of “C” or “D” cups (depending on their height and build type) in order to create the perfect hourglass figure. Gone are the days of 5 foot 3-inch starlets carrying around F-cups (and looking painfully top-heavy as a result).
- Small implants can make a big difference.
When getting breast implants, it’s very important to remember that your natural breast tissue will be adding to their size. A little, in other words, goes a long way; many women are surprised to see how an implant that fit in the palm of their hand can lend such a noticeable boost to their bust. What’s more, appropriately-sized implants often dramatically improve the shape and perkiness of the breasts. They make breasts rounder and push them slightly higher on the chest, a look that most women consider very aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, unlike very large implants, smaller implants won’t emphasize natural irregularities in the breast; e.g., they won’t make uneven nipples look more uneven or exaggerate the amount of space between the breasts.
- Small implants usually look more natural.
Breast implants need to work in harmony with the patient’s natural breast tissue. As such, the size of the implant chosen should reflect the amount of natural breast tissue the patient has. Trying to stretch a small amount of existing skin over a very large implant is usually a recipe for obvious-looking breast augmentation. Most small-breasted patients are more satisfied with a moderate increase in size.
All of this is not to say that a woman with small breasts cannot achieve a large cup size if she wants to, but it takes more work. She’ll need to find a very skilled plastic surgeon and probably work up to the larger size gradually, i.e., she’ll start with mid-range implants and give her breast tissue some time to expand before trying large ones.
- Activity levels are easier to maintain with smaller breasts.
Women are more active now than ever before, and for good reason: We’ve become much more aware of the health benefits associated with cardiovascular exercise. Additionally, we know that diets simply don’t work. The best way to stay slim is to eat a healthy diet centered around whole foods and make physical activity a priority. All of this has, however, changed our preferences when it comes to breast implants.
As any naturally large-breasted woman will tell you, big breasts and exercise do not make comfortable companions. This undeniable reality has led more than one celebrity to “downsize” her implants, and women from all backgrounds are discovering that even mid-sized implants can feel cumbersome when playing sports or engaging in HIIT routines. For these women, small implants are the perfect compromise: They create a beautifully feminine shape but they add less than a pound of additional weight to the chest.
- There are fewer risks associated with smaller implants.
Breast augmentation is a relatively safe procedure, but as with any invasive surgery, there are complications to consider. Fortunately, choosing a smaller implant size mitigates many of the risks associated with breast implant surgery. Smaller implants are associated with a lower risk of scarring and a reduced chance of eventual sagging (because they add little weight to the breasts). Additionally, unlike large implants, small implants are not connected with a significant risk of post-surgical skin thinning or sensation loss. Small implants don’t put much pressure on either the breast skin or the nerves in the nipples, so they don’t place undue stress on these regions. Patients who choose smaller implants are therefore much less likely to need revision surgery later in life.
When it comes to breast augmentation, bigger clearly isn’t always better. There are, however, some exceptions to this rule. Women with especially large chest cavities, for example, often require larger implants to achieve a natural looking result. As always, the only way to determine what’s right for you is to visit the office of a board certified plastic surgeon. He or she will be able to assess your body type, the amount of natural breast tissue you have, and a range of other relevant factors—putting you solidly on the path to achieving stunning results.