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  • What is the “breast footprint” and how does it affect the best implant size for you?

    The breast footprint is a term which Dr Dona uses to help explain the chest wall and how he chooses what size of breast implants is right for your body.In simple terms, the breast footprint refers to how much of the chest wall your ideal breast should occupy. For many breasts, your actual breast footprint is fine, but it is simply lacking in volume.

    However, in many women the actual breast footprint is not ideal for a number of reasons:

    • Breasts may be too narrow or constricted – either at the cleavage, or sideboob or both. This basically means a very narrow breast base.
    • Or, the lower breast fold could be too high


    A crucial part of your physical assessment is determining your ideal breast footprint. So in surgical planning terms, we need to find an implant that’s going to occupy your breast footprint to provide the ideal breast size and shape for your frame.

    One of the limiting factors for choosing an implant is how wide you can go. Ultimately you want an implant extending to your cleavage and also extending to your sideboob. The diameter of your breast footprint, or breast base width being another term, is one of the limiting factors for your implant selection.

    The breast footprint height is another limiting factor, which is important especially when looking at teardrop based implants.

    Dr Dona often describes the breast footprint like the boundaries of a property – you want to build to the boundaries rather than having a big property and a small building sitting in the middle of it.

    So once the breast footprint dimensions has been determined, we then need to establish the implant style – round or anatomical – and the implant profile – moderate, high or extra high. These are determined based on the look you’re trying to achieve.

    So when it comes to the implants, whilst the volume, or cc’s is important, the key is to ensure we find the right implant to suit your body, your frame, your breast footprint and of course, the look you’re after, and whatever volume that will be, will be right for you.

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