Are Very Large Breast Implants Right for you?
Are bigger breasts always better? Find out whether big breast implants suit your body type and cosmetic goals
Bigger breast implants can help your breasts appear fuller, rounder, and well-defined. Aside from increasing your sex appeal, bigger breasts can also give you a boost in self-confidence. If you want to achieve your desired breast profile, you can undergo breast augmentation. During your consultation with Dr Gittos, you may ask whether going for bigger breasts through this procedure will suit your body type and cosmetic results. While bigger implants may seem enticing, size does not always matter – there are things that you need to consider with overly large breasts.
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In most cases, implants are considered ‘large’ when they are above 350 cc’s. However, most Specialist Plastic Surgeons have the view that ‘less is often more’ – and more likely to be long-lasting with fewer complications – in terms of choosing moderate or smaller-sized implants compared to super-sized breast implants. They also note that anything above 275 cc to 300 cc could be considered large for some individuals (and for an extremely petite person, even a 200 cc implant might be considered very large for their overall body proportion balance).
Motiva Breast Implants are available in a range of sizes to suit every breast – up to a very large 880cc breast implant.
What are the Reasons for Choosing Larger Breast Implants?
For some, going up one or two breast sizes may be aesthetically pleasing. Because breast augmentation is an extremely personal decision, there’s a reason behind this body enhancement. The common reasons for choosing larger breast implants are:
- Advice from friends: Your friends may tell you to opt for bigger breasts because it’s aesthetically pleasing and more noticeable. While some of their opinions may matter, it’s you who will still decide regarding your desired breast profile.
- Fashion trend: Bigger breasts are “in” that‘s why there is an increase in the number of breast augmentation procedures in the past few years. For instance, you may notice that most swimsuit models and showbiz personalities have larger breast size – this has become a social norm and it’s influencing how people perceive one’s body.
- Psychological reasons: If you are born with a small breast size, you may resort to options that can provide you with the ultimate cosmetic solution to your problem. Undergoing a body transformation can be an achievement for some patients and it’s a significant boost in their self-esteem.
What are the factors that you need to consider when planning to have Overly Large Breast Implants?
Your surgeon will assess and discuss with you the following factors during your breast implant surgery consultation:
- Chest size
- Distance between your nipples
- Height of your torso
- Location of the implants
- Position of your breast with regards to your rib cage
- Shape of your rib cage
- Size of your hips
- Size of your natural breasts
- Skin elasticity
- Your existing breast tissue or composition
- Your intention and plan for your breast shape or size
- Your lifestyle or profession
- Your overall body shape proportion
- Your overall height and weight
What are the Disadvantages of having Bigger Breast Implants?
- Bigger breast implants are heavy: It’s common to gain a small amount of weight following your breast augmentation surgery because a foreign object is implanted in your breasts. As a result, it may affect your activities of daily living. Specifically, it may prevent you from doing vigorous exercises such as running, jumping, or stair-stepping. Therefore, it is best to ask and lay down all your concerns to your breast surgeon during your consultation period to determine the best breast implant size for you.
- Body movements can cause your breasts to sag over time: When performing your daily routine, gravity forces the implants and your natural breast tissue to move away from your chest in a downward motion. Over time, this stretches and weakens the breast tissue that causes your breasts to sag. Therefore, the bigger your breast implants are, the faster your skin loses its elasticity.
- Bigger breast implants can look unnatural: While a bigger breast profile can make you more noticeable, it can lead to the perception that your breasts are fake and unnatural. It may become too obvious that you had breast augmentation surgery to improve your breast size.
- Bigger breast implants are more prone to rupture: Unlike smaller breast implants, bigger breast implants are more prone to rupture. When a leak occurs, it may not be noticed immediately until symptoms start to occur. As a result, you may need to undergo corrective/revision surgery, later on, to improve your breast profile and prevent complications. This is because the material from the implant can interact with the surrounding breast tissue and spread to local lymph nodes.  Your surgeon may recommend breast implant removal in case of this complication.
- Back and neck pain associated with breast implants can be a problem: Bigger breast implants can cause added tension on the muscles of your back and neck due to their heavy weight. As a result, you may experience muscle pain in these areas from time to time.
- Shoulder grooves from bra straps are common: Due to the weight of your breast implants, your standard bra may not support the implants which in turn create shoulder grooves.
- Wrinkles or ripples around the breast area can occur: Bigger breast implants stretch the breast tissue in order to accommodate them. Over time, wrinkles and ripples can develop around the breast area.
- A change in lifestyle is recommended: If you are an athlete or are physically active, then you may need to change your lifestyle after your breast augmentation. You may need to limit activities that put added pressure on your breasts to reduce the incidence of breast sagging and implant rupture.
If you want to learn more about the right breast implant size that will suit your body anatomy, cosmetic goals, and lifestyle, schedule a consultation with one of our highly trained breast surgeons now.
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About Dr Mark Gittos FRACS (Plast) – New Zealand Plastic Surgeon
Practice locations in Herne Bay Auckland, Northland and Bay of Plenty – Kerikeri, Whangarei, New Plymouth & Tauranga
Dr Mark Gittos is a leading Specialist Plastic Surgeon and operates a practice in Herne Bay, Auckland and in the UK. The practice focuses on both surgical and non-surgical procedures, each designed to help restore, improve or change a physical characteristic or problem. The first step in every case is to talk through your personal requirements and explore all the options, before deciding on the most effective solution.
Dr Mark Gittos offers high quality, natural-looking cosmetic surgery results and is highly experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4000 Surgeries in the last 26 years. With worldwide expertise Dr Gittos is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men & women.
Naturally, before any treatment is begun, we will explain clearly the advantages and risk factors; so that you have the information you need to make an informed decision that is best for you. Visit the practice to find out more.
Please NOTE: Dr Gittos only performs surgery on non-smoker patients with a BMI less than 30. To check your BMI please visit the NZ Heart Foundation website. For help giving up smoking before surgery visit the Smoke Free website
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What to Bring to your Plastic Surgeon Consultation
- Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
- Dress in simple clothes as you may need to undress for examination
- Bring your medical referral and any relevant medical documents or test results
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