Do I need a minimum body weight for breast implants?
I've seen certain celebrities or whatever that look like freaks when they're really skinny and have huge breasts that are obviously implants so I'm worried that I'll look as unnatural as they do. I don't want to--which is why I'm here. I'm 5'4" and weigh 105 lbs. I think I should be fine as long as I don't go for too great an increase in bra size. My weight is well distributed throughout my body. My current breast size is 34A and I'm thinking of 36C? Will that look too unnatural on my frame? What should I shoot for? Thanks for your help.
There's no minimum body weight for breast implants. Also, cup sizes are not standard among bra makers, so that's not the right way to measure for implants or describe expectations, since one person's C cup is another's D and a third person's B. Be sure to discuss your goals and concerns with your board certified plastic surgeon and consider the pros and the cons. Be certain your surgeon is properly certified. I've attached a link where you can start your search.
I feel like you are answering your own question! A good approach would be to target a reasonable degree of augmentation -going from 34A to a C cup (the 34/36 thing usually does not change as it's based on your chest wall, not your breasts, but the cup size changes with breast volume) is very appropriate and an extremely common scenario. In some ways, a thin, petite patient like you state for your body frame is a perfect patient for augmentation as long as, just like you said, an extreme augmentation is avoided. If your breast tissue is marginal in volume and you are thin and fit, you may not have a lot to "camouflage" your implants (even under muscle/dual-plane) and therefore might be more at risk for rippling, windowshading, and bottoming out of the implants.
One GREAT tool we have now for helping you sort through all this is to use surgical simulation software (Crisalix is our preferred one) in the office. We take a set of photos or use a scanning device right on an iPad and can simulate all of the following right on images of your body:
- Different brands of implants
- Different styles - silicone, saline, high profile, moderate+ profile, etc.
- Different sizes (cc's) of implants including all major manufacturers available in the US
- Performing a lift if necessary
- Going above (rarely) or under (commonly) the muscle
I've never seen something more helpful in consultation than this tool - check out our page at www.crisalix.com/timsayedmd or our virtual consultation page for more info:
We are located in Newport Beach and La Jolla, California and breast surgery is one of my ultra-specialties. Before and afters are available on our website. Of course, there are many qualified board-certified plastic surgeons like myself in this market and who will undoubtedly answer your question on Zwivel too. It's a matter, just like with your implants, having the "right fit." Our motto is Aesthetics Done Right, and we take it very seriously. Good luck in your research and please reach out with questions.
-- Dr. Sayed
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