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9 Things to Consider Before Getting Breast Implants

Selecting the appropriate breast implant size is a personal decision influenced by various factors, including breast measurements, desired cup size, breast characteristics, tissue, and chest wall. Our operating Doctors will conduct an assessment and recommend implant sizes that align with your frame and aesthetic goals, however the final decision is up to you.

 When it comes to defining a large volume breast implant, it’s essential to remember that the appearance of a specific implant size can differ significantly depending on a person’s body proportions. A 500cc implant on someone with a petite frame will have a distinct appearance from the same size implant on someone taller and more robust. 

It is important to weigh up the pros and cons as well as the risks and complications associated with larger implants which may include ptosis or sagging, nipple complications, stretch marks, thin skin, scarring, neck, shoulder and back pain and more. Below we talk about those risks and complications.

PTOSIS OR SAGGING

Ptosis or Sagging: Larger implants weigh more and may lead to accelerated skin stretching and sagging over time, potentially necessitating additional surgeries in the future. Following your post operative instructions, wearing your post op bra at night indefinitely and wearing a sports bra when exercising can help minimise this risk.

NIPPLE COMPLICATIONS

Nipple complication: Larger implants can sometimes put pressure on the nerves that supply the nipple, which may result in partial or complete loss of sensation. You are also at a higher risk when combining a mastopexy (breast lift) with larger implants for nipple necrosis.

STRETCH MARKS

Although genetics and weight gain play a significant role in the formation of stretch marks, rapid enlargement with bigger implants may result in the development of stretch marks.

THIN SKIN

Thin Skin: Larger implants, especially on a small-framed individual with low body fat, can stretch the breast skin thinly, causing potential skin rippling. Corrective procedures like fat transfer or PRP therapy may be required. However, this may never be ale to be fixed.

NECK, SHOULDER, BACK PAIN

Neck, Shoulder, Back Pain: The extra weight from larger implants may lead to discomfort or pain in the neck, shoulders, or back.

FITNESS AND EXERCISE

Fitness and Exercise: Consider how large implants might impact physical activities such as running and tennis, as they could make some exercises more challenging.

ALTERING YOUR SLEEPING POSITIONS

Altering Sleeping Positions: Sleeping on the stomach is generally discouraged for anyone with breast implants, and this is particularly true for those with larger breasts.

CLOTHES SHOPPING

Clothes Shopping: Finding well-fitting clothing, especially bras, can be more challenging with large volume breast implants, potentially requiring visits to specialty stores.

DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS

Individual Choice: Avoid comparing yourself to others or basing your decision on images seen on social media. Choose what you believe suits you best.

Before proceeding with breast implants, it is essential to have a thorough consultation with a qualified Doctor who can guide you through the decision-making process and ensure that you have realistic expectations and a clear understanding of potential risks and benefits.