Hi! I am Dr M Szalay.
I have performed about 1500 pairs of breast implants and I want to run through the 3 most common questions I am asked when I see a patient for the very first time.
- WHAT SHAPES ARE THERE?
Patients like to know what possible shapes there are and there are lots to choose from. In order to head in the right direction of what you are looking for, one of the first things I will ask you is:
Are you hoping to achieve a full look or more of a natural look?
If you say you are wanting a more natural look then what springs to my mind is teardrop implants, or alternatively, medium profile round implants. Both can give a natural look even though they have different shapes.
Teardrop implants are, as you might think, shaped like a teardrop so they are tapered at the top, and gradually rising to give more fullness down the bottom. Here are some images of teardrop implants as well as a patient I used a teardrop implant on.
Medium profile round implants provide more upper fullness than teardrops, but still look natural. Here is an image of a medium profile round implant and a patient I used this implant on.
If you compare the images, you can see that the breasts are slightly different in shape, but both still look very natural.
On the other hand, If you say you are wanting a full look then what I would be thinking about is a high profile round implant. Here is an image of a high profile round implant and 2 patients I used this type of implant on.
This brings me to the next most common question:
- WHAT DOES PROFILE MEAN?
Some people are a little confused by what the profile of an implant is and think it means where the implant will sit on your chest eg a high profile would sit up closer to the collar bone and a low profile down closer to the belly button. This is not the case.
Profile refers to how far forward the implant will project on your chest. Here is an image of medium, high and extra-high profile round implants next to each other and one of medium, high and extra-high profile teardrop implants.
As the profile gets higher, the breast will project further forward, in the direction of the arrow shown in this next diagram.
- WHAT SIZE SHOULD I GO?
A lot of patients are unsure what size to choose. It is a big decision so understandably you want to spend some time thinking about it.
When you come in for your consultation, I will spend some time doing some careful measurements and this lets me know the range of sizes that you are able to go. Then you can try on various sizes in front of a full length mirror and decide what you like. Some visual clues that can help you make your decision are your height, shoulder width, chest width and the width of your hips.
Some patients get confused when they look at images from the internet of sizes that other woman have chosen. It is important to understand that implants can look very different on different women depending on the factors mentioned above as well as the size of their breasts before they had implants. Here are 2 images of 2 patients that I used different sizes on (230cc and 320 cc) and yet, in proportion to the rest of the body, the patient with 230cc implants appears to have larger breasts.
The reason for this is that the women with 230cc implants is smaller and had relatively larger breasts prior to implants.
So, the best guide on size is really how the implant appears on you when you are trying it on in front of the the mirror. If, after making your choice you leave my office and see a woman on the internet who chose the same size and looks totally different, please don’t panic! Try and remember how you looked in front of the mirror during the consultation, You are more than welcome, of course, to come back to see me before your operation just to make sure.
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