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How Do I Pick the Right Sized Breast Implants?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Once a patient has decided to undergo breast augmentation, there are still many other choices that need to be made. With all of the options available for breast implant size and type, it is important to spend some time thinking about what you want your new silhouette to look like. Fortunately, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales is a great resource to help with these decisions.

At Morales Plastic Surgery, Dr. Morales and his staff are very knowledgeable in topics such as the safety of breast implants and choosing implant size based on height and weight. Our goal is to provide the highest level of care through patient education to produce excellent results. To schedule your next appointment and learn more about breast implant size options, call our office in Houston, TX.

About the safety of breast implants

Breast implants are medically approved devices that increase breast size and help women feel more confident in their bodies. Although thousands of patients undergo breast implant procedures worldwide, it is still important to understand what a breast augmentation involves, including potential complications and follow-up care. The Food and Drug Administration recommends patients receive this detailed information from a board-certified plastic surgeon.

During your consultation in Houston, Dr. Morales will discuss the overall safety of breast implants as well as the benefits and risks involved. Breast implants are not always guaranteed to last a lifetime, so the implants may need to be replaced or removed at some point. If you decide to have them removed, you may need a lift to restore the appearance of your breasts. We also recommend routine examinations to make sure the implants are still functioning as they should.

Types of breast implants

Before choosing a breast implant size, it is essential to take a close look at the material utilized in breast augmentation surgery. Saline and silicone implants have been widely used for the purpose of breast augmentation since the 1960s. Since then, the technology behind these devices has only gotten better. The material does play a significant role in the final outcome, which is why Dr. Morales will go over the following types of breast implants with you at his office in Houston, TX:

  • Silicone implants: These are designed to look and feel just like natural breast tissue. Silicone is normally used to reduce the risk of rippling and downward displacement. Unlike saline, these implants may require a longer scar and can rupture without being detected. Patients must be at least 22 years old to receive silicone breast implants.

  • Saline implants: Although they feel less like natural breast tissue, saline implants do have a lower rate of revision surgery when compared with other options. These implants also do not require an MRI to detect a rupture. Unlike silicone, saline implants tend to be heavier, which means they have a slightly higher rate of downward displacement.

Choosing breast implant size

Once we review the different types of breast implants offered, Dr. Morales can help you with choosing a breast implant size to suit your cosmetic goals. First, patients should know that implants are measured in cubic centimeters (ccs) and not cup size since there is no standard measurement used by bra manufacturers. This means that sizes can range from 100cc all the way up to 800cc or more. However, bigger is not always better in the long run. If you express your goals clearly with Dr. Morales, he can guide you toward choosing the implant that best complements your body.

Choosing implant size based on height and weight allows us to deliver natural results that are proportionate to your body. To begin the process, Dr. Morales considers factors such as your frame and current breast volume. Lifestyle factors are also important when it comes to choosing breast implant size. So if you lead an athletic lifestyle, certain exercises after breast augmentation could be a little more difficult to perform. Smaller implants may provide more functional results since they are less likely to interfere with these activities.

Choosing the right implants at Morales Plastic Surgery

Breast augmentation is a significant cosmetic procedure, which is why Dr. Rolando Morales reviews every part of the process with patients in his office. Our goal is to achieve the best aesthetic shape while considering your frame and unique goals for surgery. Choosing implant size based on height and weight is just one of our areas of expertise. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation at Morales Plastic Surgery to learn more about breast augmentation at his practice in Houston, TX. We offer a wide variety of cosmetic services and products designed for each patient on an individual basis.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.