How does Dr Dona determine the perfect implant to suit my body and the look that I want?
To determine the implant that’s right for you, a careful physical examination is required to determine what is technically possible on your frame, and then make sure that is then adjusted to precisely match the look you’re after.
One of the key variables of breast implant planning is its width. So when it comes to determining the implant size for you, the diameter of your breast footprint, or your breast base width, is the maximum implant width we can go. Of course, this is adjusted a little depending on how much cleavage and side boob is wanted.
So for example, if someone has a breast base width of 13cm, then technically, this is as wide as we can go with our implant selection. Choosing an implant wider than this is technically not going to be possible for that person’s frame.
The other issue is profile, or how far forward they project. So implants can have a moderate, high (otherwise known as full) or extra high profile (also known as extra full).
The round extra full profiles are generally for those people who are happy to let people know they have augmented breasts.
The moderate profile is a softer look and generally suited for someone who has nice breast shape, but just want a soft/natural enhancement.
The round full profile is somewhere in between, basically someone who wants a little bit of upper pole fullness and projection, but doesn’t want to stand out too much from the crowd.
Of course, for any given volume, the projection of one implant brand may be labelled high profile, but for a different brand that same level of projection may in fact be called extra high profile. So it can get a little confusing!
Also, for those who want an extra large full look, but have limited breast base width, certain brands of implants come with a much narrower diameter for very large volumes.
When it comes to teardrops, these issues with regards to variable widths and profiles are exactly the same. Of course, the shape is very different with the bulk of the volume down the lower half of the implant with a gentler taper at the top half. This helps create a far more natural look in those wanting that, without that upper pole fullness. The only additional variable with the teardrop implants is the breast base height because some brands of anatomical implants have heights which differ from their width. That is, they have an oval shaped base and not a round base. So measuring the breast base height is also important with assessing someone’s frame.
A final note is that the difference in breast implant sizes between adjacent sized implants is negligible. So don’t get too hung up between one implant size and the next one bigger or smaller.
In the end, an experienced and skilled surgeon will know what’s going to work with you and help you understand breast implants.