Difference between small breast implants and regular implants?

Why does it always seem like getting small breast implants is a different procedure than regular breast implants? Is is potentially more dangerous or something? It doesn't make sense to me. I am fairly tall but also a little on the heavy side. That's just my body type but it makes my breasts seem small in relation to the rest of my body. I would like to have an augmentation but don't want something that's going to make me look like an amazon. I've read about small breast implants, which seem to be what I'm really looking for, but I'm a little confused as to why they're called small breast implants instead of just falling under the same category as regular breast implants. Is there any reason why small breast implants would require a separate designation from regular implants? I don't get it.


F, 31, Delaware

Not sure either. Breast implants are breast implants regardless of size. Your surgeon will want you to select an implant that is right for your body size, shape, and soft tissue. Size can and should be entirely up to you as long as you are aware of the different shape you can expect from the implants. There are excellent 3-D imaging systems that can assist with your ability to visualize the size and breast shape your looking for. Good Luck!

Thank you for sharing your question.  There is no difference in the procedure when using a smaller or larger breast implant for Breast Augmentation.  I am not sure where you are seeing the separation between the two.  Your best bet is to have a few consultations with Board Certified Plastic Surgeons in your area.  They will measure your chest wall (where the implant will be placed), and show you a range of implant sizes that will fit in your chest wall space.  There is flexibility in which projection you and your surgeon choose depending on the look you are going for.  Most women want a natural proportionate look, while others desire smaller or very larger breast implants.  The procedure is the same for these different implant sizes.  I hope this information was helpful to you. 

Best Wishes, Dr. B.

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Hi Journess, 

These are all great questions.

First, we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your interest in our practice. At Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery we strive to provide the highest quality of care to all of our patients. Prior to scheduling your cosmetic surgery, it is very important to feel confident and comfortable with your surgeon. We would love to set up a consultation for you to meet with Dr. Malhotra.  To set up a consultation we charge a $50 fee that can be directly applied to your surgical cost.  During this consult Dr. Malhotra will give you his experienced advice, thoroughly educate you on the procedure, and answer any remaining questions. 

Currently we are running a special on our Breast Augmentation packages. The specials are as follows:

Saline Breast Augmentation: $5,600 (normal price) - $300 off = $5,300 special price

Silicone Breast Augmentation: $6,500 (normal price) - $300 off = $6,200 special price 

Our packages are “all-inclusive” covering Dr. Malhotra’s surgical fees, facility fees, anesthesia and anesthesiologist fees, cost of the implants, and one year post operative appointments.

In order to provide you with more information, and get specifics on your cosmetic surgery goals we ask that you contact our Ann Arbor Office at (734) 913-5100 or our Jackson office at (517) 789-9800.

Please take advantage of the Breast Procedures and Insider Tips pages on our website, Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery to further assist you in gathering information.  Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery also offers our patients two financing options If you are interesting in exploring these options visit our Financing page.

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