How to Choose the Right Implant Size for Your Breast Augmentation?

It’s often the case that making the decision to have breast augmentation surgery in New York City in the first place is “the easy part.” Deciding on the size of the augmentation, on the other hand, can be a bit more of a challenge.

Of course, this decision doesn’t have to be stressful. Undoubtedly, you want to spend time thinking about it and investigate your options. But there’s no reason to let yourself be consumed with anxiety. Breasts implants are available in a variety or sizes, from very small to very large, so with the help of a skilled board certified plastic surgeon, you can get exactly what you want.

The guide ahead will help you make a well-informed decision that you’ll surely be happy with when you see your results.

 

 

Tips for Choosing the Right Size for Your Breast Augmentation

 

1.      Start with your own measurements.

It’s important to get exactly what you want out of your new breast implants, but you also must work with the body you have. In other words, you need to choose an implant size that matches your body size and shape.

This means starting with your own measurements. What is your current cup size? Band size? Bra size? Are you small framed? What is the width of your chest frame? Do you have large hips? Ideally, you’ll choose a breast implant size that is complementary to your overall frame.   During your consultation, your board certified New York City plastic surgeon will take measurements of your breast width. This will help you in your decision.

 

2.      Understand the “Look” you are going for.

You should be aware of the ultimate “look” you want to achieve. Are you going for “curvy” or “voluptuous”? Or are you hoping for an “athletic” appearance?  This will also help guide you to the appropriate breast implant size. Smaller implants tend to look more “natural” and “athletic”, while larger volume breasts implants will give more curves.  Again, this is a very broad generalization and you must consider your body measurements as discussed in #1.  This means that if you have a board build to begin with, you will likely be able to still achieve a natural appearance with a large implant. Very narrow body types or very thin women, may still look overly curvy with even a small implant.

 

3. Understand the limitations of your own breast tissue

If you’d like your new breasts to be much bigger than your current size, remember that you still must consider the limitations of your breast tissue. After all, your breast and skin still have to accommodate the implant. There’s no way to stretch the breast tissue beyond its limits, nor would you want to try. Implants that are too large for your own breast tissue can cause long-term damage to the tissues and place you at increased risk for implant-related complications or the need for future surgeries.

At your consultation appointment, your surgeon will address this issue by assessing the amount of breast tissue you have available to possibly accommodate larger implants. Your surgeon will perform a “pinch test” by pinching your breast tissue and skin, in order to determine how large an implant you can hold. In some cases, you can “work your way up” to a larger cup size by starting with one surgery that takes your cup size from an A to a C, for example, and then waiting a few more years before moving on from a C to a D or DD, for instance.

 

4.      Look in Magazines and Online to see what type of results you want…or don’t want.

Just as you might take a picture of a celebrity’s hair style and take it to your salon, you can find pictures of celebrities’ overall shapes and take them to your plastic surgeon for reference when it comes to the breast implant size you want to try.

Go online or flip through magazines to find someone who has a similar overall body shape to you. If you like the way their breasts look, this may be a good model to shape your new implants on. The pictures should also greatly help your surgeon determine the best course of surgery to undergo. For example, in some cases, a breast lift New York City  may also be warranted while it won’t be necessary for other women. Keep in mind though, that everyone is different and it is often impossible to totally replicate a look you see in a photo. But again, surgeons will find this helpful since it is easier for patients to show what they want with photos then explain what they want in words. You should also include photos of results that you do NOT want. These photos are equally helpful to your surgeon.

 

5.      Remember that bigger implants can be heavy.

If you’re thinking about getting implants on the bigger side, don’t forget that they’re going to be heavier, and sometimes the weight can be significant. Some women who get very large implants end up complaining of back, neck, and shoulder pain. After all, the heavier your breasts are, the more weight your spine needs to support. Indeed, back, neck, and shoulder pain, are a primary reason for breast reduction surgery. Furthermore, breasts that are heavy tend to cause problems with ptosis (drooping caused by aging) or sagging later on because the weight of a large implant will stretch the breast tissue.

To rule out any potential problems with excessively heavy implants, Dr. Schulman routinely tells his patients to try out some differently sized implants before taking the plunge on a chosen pair.

You may be able to take a sample pair of implants home with you. You can then try them out by wearing them for a few days.  You can wear them in your bra to work or out to dinner at night with your favorite outfit and set of heels. If it’s uncomfortable to wear the larger pairs or if you don’t end up liking the size you’re wearing when you look in the mirror, this is a good way to find this out before getting the actual surgery.

 

 

6.      Forget about the volume number.

A lot of women are obsessed with the volume or number of “CCs” of their future implants, but this number is rather irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.

To clarify, all breast implants are measured by their volume in CCs or cubic centimeters. When an implant has a higher number of CCs, it’s going to be bigger and make your breasts appear larger as a result. The truth is, however, the exact number of CCs doesn’t really matter as much as you may think. Once you start talking volume changes of at least 50 CCs, then yes, someone will be able to tell the difference. But if you’re trying to decide between a set of implants that are 350 CCs vs. a set of implants that are 330 CCs, this is really not an important difference that will be noticeable by anyone except your actual plastic surgeon and yourself.  The difference is only 1-2 millimeters and virtually undetectable to all but a trained surgeon.

Also, modern breast implants come in a variety of shapes and profiles. This means that there are important characteristics besides just volume. Some implants are wider and flatter, while others are more narrow and project more……even if they are the exact same volume.  These nuances are part of what your surgeon will discuss with you.

 

7.      Meet with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for breast augmentation in New York City.

All of the above tips are great places to start when it comes to choosing the ideal implant size for your breast augmentation surgery. But the very best way to find an optimal implant size is to meet with your plastic surgeon for an in-office consultation. The best New York City breast augmentation surgeon will spend a significant amount of time with you, helping you to determine an optimal implant size for your desired results.

At your consultation appointment, be sure to speak up and be vocal about what you want. Your surgeon will not only assess your body to determine the optimal size range of implants that will be available to you, but they’ll also speak with you about your specific needs and desires. Tell them what you want in your new breasts, and show them any pictures that help exemplify what you hope to look like when your surgery has healed.

Your surgeon will be able to tell you what your options will be and can guide you through what to expect before, during, and after your surgery as well. Dr. Matthew Schulman of Schulman Plastic Surgery is available to consult with you about your upcoming breast augmentation surgery any time you’re ready. Dr. Schulman is one of the leading plastic surgeons in New York City and is board certified, specializing in breast augmentation.

 

 

Are You Considering Breast Augmentation Surgery in New York City?

Dr. Schulman has extensive experience providing amazing breast augmentation surgery outcomes for his patients. He’ll give you exactly the breasts you’ve always dreamed of having.

The ideal breast augmentation New York City women want needs to be efficient and to meet all the goals of the patient. Recovery time should be as short as possible, and the process itself should be safe, efficient, and effective. These are all things that Dr. Schulman offers at his New York City practice.

Are you ready to take your body to the next level and get the brand-new breasts of your dreams? Call Schulman Plastic Surgery at (212) 289-1851 today, or contact us online to schedule your breast augmentation surgery!

Clearing up the confusion versus Liposuction and Tummy Tucks

Many of our patients have the questions regarding liposuction and tummy tucks. These two procedures are commonly confused and they are very different. In order to get the right procedure for your needs, it is important to understand the difference between liposuction and tummy tucks.

Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction: What’s the Difference?

The biggest similarity between liposuction New York City and a tummy tuck is that both procedures aim to improve the appearance of the midsection. Still, each procedure is also distinct.

For instance, liposuction is the removal of actual fat deposits from the abdomen. The procedure involves a plastic surgeon making small incisions near where the fat is to be removed. The surgeon then inserts a thin tube called a cannula which is used to break up the fat and then removed though suction. The removed fat is either discarded or re-injected in a fat transfer procedure. The fat can be re-injected into the buttock, hips, breasts, face, or even hands. Liposuction can remove fat from the abdomen, sides, back or any area where you have unwanted fat.

A Tummy Tuck, or abdominoplasty, deals more with the skin and underlying abdominal muscles. During a tummy tuck, an incision is made in the bikini line and the abdominal skin is elevated. Sutures are placed in the abdominal muscles to tighten them. These muscles commonly stretch apart with aging, weight changes, and pregnancy. Suturing the muscles together can give a flat abdomen. The excess skin is then removed and the skin is put back together. The scar will be well hidden beneath underwear or a bikini.

 

 

So how do I know which is better for me?

Your plastic surgeon will help you understand whether a tummy tuck New York City or liposuction is the best operation. In general, if your issue is excess fat, but your skin is not loose, then liposuction may be what you need. If your skin is loose or hanging, or your muscles are separated (giving you a “pregnant” appearance), then a tummy tuck may be better.  Remember, lipo is for fat, tummy tucks are for skin and muscle. It is important to select the right operation so that you get a good result.

Can Liposuction and Tummy Tuck be performed together?

Absolutely! In fact, it is common for liposuction to be part of your tummy tuck. This is because most people have excess fat AND excess skin.  Oftentimes, the only way to get a great tummy tuck result is to do liposuction at the same time. Sometimes, your surgeon may recommend a staged approach, in which liposuction and tummy tuck is done in separate operations. This may be recommended for safety reasons or in order to improve your cosmetic results.

 

 

What is “Lipo 360”?

“Lipo 360” is a newer term that refers to liposuction in a 360 degree direction (or all around your torso). Some may refer to this as circumferential liposuction. This means that liposuction is performed on the abdomen, flanks, and back.  This allows improvement is your entire torso since it is usually necessary to make the back look better to make the front look better. It provides a much more complete improvement. Not all surgeons are experienced with this procedure since it involves multiple areas of liposuction and re-positioning the patients during the surgery. While some surgeon may say that they will lipo your “sides/flanks” during the procedure, you need to clarify if they will be turning you over in order to do this, since you will get a much better result when the liposuction is performed from the front AND the back. This is what truly differentiates Lipo 360 from standard liposuction. If you excess fat on your abdomen, flanks, and lower back, then you are probably an excellent candidate for Lipo 360. 

What Is a Tummy Tuck 360?

 

A tummy tuck 360 is similar to liposuction 360 in that this procedure improves the appearance of the abdomen from every angle. Like liposuction 360, a tummy tuck 360 removes the excess skin in the front, sides and back. This will involve removing the skin on the front, as is done with a standard tummy tuck, AND removing the skin of the lower back and upper buttocks. The scar will go all the around, like a belt, but is completely hidden under bikini or underwear. The other advantage of this procedure is that you will get improvement in the appearance of your thighs, hips, and buttocks. It is the surgical equivalent of “pulling up your pants” and is a great option for people who have lost a significant amount of weight. A Tummy Tuck 360 is also referred to as a circumferential tummy tuck, lower body lift, or “around the world”. It requires an experienced body contouring surgeon with exceptional skill.

The recovery for a Tummy Tuck 360 may be slightly longer than for a traditional tummy tuck, so this may be a factor in your decision.

Also, if you have had a previous standard tummy tuck, you may benefit from a surgery to remove the skin that is still present on your backside.

Can fat transfer be combined with Liposuction, Lipo 360, Tummy Tuck, or Tummy Tuck 360?

Yes, fat transfer can be combined with any procedure. It is very common to use the fat that is removed during the procedures and re-inject it into specific areas of the body. Commonly, the fat is added to the butt and hips. This can be a very powerful was to reshape the body, by using your own tissue instead of implants. Sometimes people seem to lose their curves after procedures such as liposuction or tummy tucks. By adding fat to specific areas, we can put the curves back and give a much better appearance.

Schedule Your Liposuction or Tummy Tuck Consultation Today!

Both liposuction and tummy tucks can be life-changing procedures for those looking to improve their profiles and physiques. At Schulman Plastic Surgery, Dr. Schulman uses advanced techniques that New York City men and women trust. As a board certified plastic surgeon, specializing in body contouring, Dr. Schulman has performed an extensive number of procedures for his highly-satisfied patients. He often combines procedures such as liposuction, tummy tucks, and fat transfers, making him one of the most sought-after plastic surgeons in New York City.

To book your liposuction or tummy tuck consultation today, give us a call at (212) 289-1851, or contact us online!

Top Questions to Ask Your Breast Surgeon

Are you considering breast augmentation surgery?  Often called a “boob job,” breast augmentation is the enlargement of your breasts through the transfer of your own fat or the placement of saline or silicone breast implants.

Before undergoing breast augmentation in New York City, you will have a consultation with surgeon so that you can be properly evaluated.  It’s not a bad idea to schedule consultations with two or three different surgeons, so that you can get multiple options about what is best for you. At these appointments, you will be examined and have the opportunity to ask questions. The answers you receive will help you select the right surgeon for you.

Below is a list of the most important questions to ask your plastic surgeon before undergoing breast augmentation.

 

 

1. Are you board certified in Plastic Surgery?

The plastic surgeon you choose should be certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Many patients simply assume that all plastic surgeons are board certified, however, this isn’t necessary true. In order to be board certified, surgeons must undergo years of training, difficult written and oral exams, ongoing education by attending national meetings and educational courses, maintain admitting and operating privileges at a nearby hospital, and operate in fully accredited surgical facilities. You want to select a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and not a “Cosmetic Surgeon”.

2. What is your training and experience?

It’s important to only put your trust in a surgeon with adequate training and experience. In addition to choosing a surgeon who is board certified, you should look for one who has several years of breast augmentation experience. Ask them about where they went to school, where they did their residency, and how long they’ve had their own practice. In general, you want to select a surgeon who has done “several hundreds” of the procedure you are requesting.

3. Can I see before and after pictures from previous patients?

All plastic surgeons should have a gallery of before and after pictures from their previous patients. Take a look at these pictures, and look for those patients who have had the breast augmentation procedures you’re looking to have.

Examine the photos with care. You should look for after photos that look like something you would be satisfied with as a patient. You also need to to understand that every patient is different so pay attention to the before photos as well. If the before doesn’t look like you, then it is not fair for you to expect to look like that particular after. It’s important to remember that every plastic surgeon has a distinct aesthetic to their work. In other words, not every plastic surgeon will facilitate the same outcome, even when they’re given the same patient goals. Before and after photos can be a great way to see how your procedure will likely turn out when working with a particular plastic surgeon.

4. What individual procedures would you recommend for my augmentation procedure?

Depending on your goals for surgery, breast augmentation may include a single procedure or several procedures.

For example, some women choose to get breast augmentation as part of a “Mommy Makeover New York City” procedure. A Mommy Makeover is a potentially full-body makeover meant to address physical issues that may occur during aging, pregnancy, weight changes, and breastfeeding. If you choose to have a Mommy Makeover, breast augmentation may be part of this procedure. Other singular procedures that may be involved include tummy tucks, liposuction, or buttock augmentation.

You may also do better with a breast augmentation (implants) and a breast lift New York City. The breast augmentation procedure can make the breasts appear fuller and better shaped while the breast lift can eliminate excess skin and make the breasts appear perkier and less droopy.

Ask the potential surgeons you are speaking with how they would approach your individual procedure. From surgeon to surgeon, you may hear different approaches that can help you decide which is best for you. Does your surgeon prefer saline or silicone implants? Is fat transfer an option for you as an alternative to implants?

5. How long is the surgery?

Breast augmentation as a procedure is a fairly standard surgery. Most of the time, the augmentation itself takes just over an hour. But naturally, you’ll want to get a time estimate from your surgeon. There are various factors that will influence the overall time, such as your breast volume, the thickness of your skin, your body type, and the type of implant selected. Of course, the surgery time will also depend on whether you’re going to have other procedures at the same time such as tummy tuck, liposuction, or Brazilian Butt Lift.

6. Where is the surgery performed?

Your surgery may be performed in a hospital, an ambulatory center, or an accredited office operating room.

7. What nearby hospital are you affiliated with?

If your surgery is not being done in a hospital, it is important to ask what nearby hospital your surgeon works at. This is so you know where you will be sent in the rare event of an emergency. Your surgeon should have admitting and operating privileges at a reputable, nearby hospital.

8. What should I expect during my recovery from breast augmentation surgery?

The recovery period for breast augmentation surgery should be relatively easy. Naturally, if you plan on having more procedures (tummy tuck, liposuction, etc.) at the same time, your recovery will be more extensive. A simple breast augmentation, however, should allow you to be back at work and carrying out light activities within a relatively short period of time. Your surgeon will be able to tell you exactly how long you need off from school or work.

There are also ways that your surgeon can speed and recovery. Dr. Schulman, for example, offers Botox-assisted breast augmentation to some patients. The addition of a small and precise amount of Botox can make recovery easier and quicker.

9. Will I have any scars from the procedure?

Ask your surgeon what types of scars you can expect from the procedure. Naturally, some scarring is inevitably with this type of surgery. However, a good surgeon will know how best to minimize scarring and create a smooth and natural appearance you can feel good about. The specific scars may vary depending on exactly what you need done and your surgeon should be able to draw those scars on you, so you can see exactly how long they will be and where they will be located on your body.

10. How do I pick the size of my implants?

Does he or she pick the size for you or do you pick it yourself? Your surgeon should certainly guide you, but your selection should be a personal one. You want to be sure that you are clear about your implant size. This is usually done prior to surgery since you don’t want to wake up from surgery and wonder what size implant was used. Ask your surgeon how he or she specifically makes this size determination.

11.What if I am unhappy with my results?

You should be aware of what will happen in the event you are unhappy with your results. Each surgeon should have a “revision policy” and you should ask about this. If you need a revision procedure, how are the fees determined? Is there a certain amount of time you must wait before undergoing a revision? This revision policy should be provided to you in writing.

12. How much will my breast augmentation surgery cost?

After your consultation, the surgeon’s coordinator will be able to give you an exact price for your procedure. This price will depend on several factors, including the specific procedure your need, the time in the operating room required, anesthesia and facility fees, and post operative care. It should go without saying that you should never choose a breast augmentation surgeon just because they offer the lowest price. In fact, if you receive an estimate that seems unusually low, you should see this as a red flag. Keep in mind that the surgeon will likely choose to not discuss price with you during the consultation, since surgeons prefer to have medical and surgical discussions with you, and leave the financial discussions to their coordinators.

 

 

Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation Today

Dr. Schulman is a New York City board certified plastic surgeon, operating one of the top practices in New York City. If you are considering breast augmentation, contact Dr. Schulman today to schedule your consultation!