Why Smaller Breast Implants are Getting Bigger in Popularity

Fashion trends are always shifting, and the biggest one lately is going small; not just smaller clothing, but smaller breasts. Some of the most popular celebrity busts are shrinking: Pamela Anderson, Victoria Beckham, Tamra Barney, Heidi Montag are some examples of celebrities who have clearly had smaller implants or reductions done, but they are not the only ones. If you have been researching breast augmentation trends for yourself, you have probably seen some of the recent before and after pictures of these and other female celebrities who have chosen a smaller cup size.

For years, women undergoing breast augmentation surgeries have subscribed to the “go big or go home” and “bigger is better” mantras, but the celebrity trend of having bigger implants replaced by smaller breast implants—or having them removed completely—is starting to catch on with women across the country. Every day, I am working with…

  • Women who need to have their silicone breast implants updated and are opting for smaller replacements
  • Women who are getting implants for the first time who are choosing a more modest augmentation than they might have chosen in previous years
  • Women who previously had larger breast implants, but are now choosing to get them downsized as a matter of taste.

As a New York City Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, I talk to at least a dozen women each week who want breast augmentation surgery. They bring in magazine clippings of Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry and Meghan Fox—women with the most popularly-requested celebrity bust lines in breast augmentation surgery. During these initial visits, I’ve clearly noticed a decrease in the percentage of women requesting D and DD cups, but an increase in the percentage of women requesting beautiful, but more modest C and full B cups.

Factors behind the Smaller Breast Augmentation Trend

Of course, one of the important things I have to discuss with my patients is the fact that their breast augmentation really needs to “fit” them, whether it’s a considerable size increase, or just a modest one. And frankly, my patients are very savvy and already have a good idea of what type of augmentation will enhance their figure without looking awkward and unnatural. In fact, looking natural is one of the biggest reasons behind the “smaller is better” trend in breast implant surgeries. These are some of the things women are considering as we discuss their own breast augmentation possibilities:

  • Smaller breast implants appear more natural. The larger the breast implant, the more “artificial” it will look, particularly on a woman with a smaller frame. A smaller breast implant will have a more natural shape and texture while still being larger than the originals. Another thing that surprises many women who get larger implants is the stretch marks that might occur on the skin; the risk of needing to deal with stretch marks is dramatically reduced with smaller implants.
  • Enhancement without unwanted gawking. Many women want breast augmentations to enhance their overall appearance without drawing excessive or unwanted attention to themselves. They don’t want to hear the loud whispers of, “Those can’t be real,” or worse behind their backs. A smaller implant helps you avoid these awkward moments.
  • Thinking about the future surgeries. A smaller, more natural breast augmentation surgery is less likely to look “dated” years down the line when fashions change. One of the reasons I’m seeing an increase in breast enhancement procedures is that women are going back under the knife to have larger implants reduced to smaller ones. Of course, there is always the chance that a woman who got smaller implants may want larger ones down the line. But that is why I always spend a lot of time working with my patients before surgery to make sure we plan augmentation procedures that they will love for a long time to come.
  • Medical reasons for smaller breast implants. Smaller implants mean smaller incisions, smaller scars and fewer back problems—yes, back problems. Many women who request larger breast implants have to adjust to the new chest weight, which can cause muscle strains in the neck, shoulders and back.
  • Smaller breast implants enable more versatile clothing options. As I mentioned earlier, fashion is constantly changing; a smaller breast augmentation surgery will keep you within the range of normal for looking great in most prêt-à-porter clothing options as styles change.
  • Smaller implants don’t interfere as much with athletic activities. More and more women are concerned not just with staying in shape at a baseline level; many want to compete in serious athletic competitions of their choice. The smaller the breast implant, the easier it will be to find proper support wear and to engage in rigorous activity with minimal discomfort. And as I mentioned earlier, smaller breasts look more natural on slim, fit bodies.

In the end, our ultimate goal with any breast augmentation surgery is to help you look your very best. Don’t get your heart set on a specific cup size just because it looks great on Pamela Anderson or Jennifer Aniston, or even just your best friend. Your body is unique and we need to discuss options that will work best for your shape, your lifestyle and your desired appearance goals.

I suggest looking through our breast augmentation surgery FAQ and the other pages in our
library to learn more about the surgery and what is involved. You may also find out a lot by
visiting my Instagram page (@nycplasticsurg) and my Snapchat plastic surgery channel (@nycplasticsurg) where you can see the surgeries, office visits, recoveries and results, almost as they happen, on a daily basis. Of course, the best way to get started on your breast augmentation journey is to schedule an appointment for a consultation online or just call us at 212-289- 1851 today. We look forward to hearing from you.

Newest Implant Options for Breast Augmentation

Breast implants have evolved quite significantly since they were first introduced in the 1960s. They have gone from thin shells filled with liquid silicone that ruptured frequently and were thought to cause systemic health issues, to thicker shells filled with salt water that still ruptured but the salt water content was thought to be “safer” when a leak or rupture did happen. More recently in 2007, the FDA approved a newer generation of silicone implants. These newer implants had a silicon gel, not a liquid, and were thought to provide a safer and more cosmetic alternative to the older silicone implants. These implants were certainly a huge advance and the surgical results were tremendous. Little had changed since 2007 until very recently. Continue reading "Newest Implant Options for Breast Augmentation"

Top 3 Most Requested Celebrity Breasts

As a specialist in breast augmentation, I see over a dozen women per week requesting breast augmentation. Some want that very natural girl-next-door look, while others want that voluptuous curvy figure. No matter what they want, women undoubtedly will bring a photo with them to show me what they want – and what they don’t want. Continue reading "Top 3 Most Requested Celebrity Breasts"

Breast Enlargement – How to choose the size of your implant

Even harder than deciding to undergo breast enlargement with implants, is deciding what size implant to choose. The implants can range in size from very small to very large. Choosing the actual implant size can be an incredible source of stress for the patient, her family, and the surgeon.

There are several ways to choose a size – from photos of other patients, from computer imaging, and by trying on some implants. I feel that the best way to successfully choose an implant size is to try on the implants. I have all my patients come to the office a few weeks before surgery and bring the following items with them – a friend/family member/spouse, a bathing suit top, a tank top, a blouse, and a t-shirt. Continue reading "Breast Enlargement – How to choose the size of your implant"

What happens if my breast implants are too big?

Many women that undergo breast enlargement surgery with implants want to be very large. It is the responsibility of the surgeon to guide them and let them know if the implant size they are selecting to too big for them. What can happen if the implant is too large?

An implant that is too large can cause many problems. These problems may occur soon after surgery or may occur many years later. The incidence of infection, capsular contracture, and implant malposition increases as the size of the implant increases. Continue reading "What happens if my breast implants are too big?"

Did Taylor Swift get Breast Implants?

Pictures have recently emerged showing popular singer Taylor Swift looking more “endowed”. The singer is known for her long, thin body and her bustier appearance is spurring rumors that she has been surgically enhanced with breast implants.

While I have many celebrity clients (which I will never name), Taylor is not one of them, so I can only comment on the Taylor Swift Breast Implants photographs that have appeared on popular websites like Hollywoodlife.com. Continue reading "Did Taylor Swift get Breast Implants?"

Kristen Stewart’s New Breasts – Padded Bra or Implant?

Recent photographs of Twilight Star Kristen Stewart show her with a significantly larger chest. The actress has always been known for her petite figure, including her small breasts. Her new appearance has sparked rumors about possible breast implants. The classic question arises: Is it the result of breast implants or a padded bra? Continue reading "Kristen Stewart’s New Breasts – Padded Bra or Implant?"

Breast Implants for $214 per month – Financing your Plastic Surgery in NYC

There are countless procedures to improve your body, but because these are elective cosmetic procedures, they are not covered by insurance or flex-spending accounts. For obvious reasons, plastic surgeons require payment in full prior to the procedure and this can be in the form of check, cash, or credit card. There is another method of payment that is becoming extremely popular – financing. Continue reading "Breast Implants for $214 per month – Financing your Plastic Surgery in NYC"

Five Cosmetic Surgery Procedures to Get You “Bikini-Ready”

cosmetic surgery to get bikini ready new york cityThe temperature is rising and summer is approaching. Everybody’s mind is on the beach, fun, and sun. The problem is that you may not be “bikini-ready”. Here are five of the latest procedures from top New York City Plastic Surgeon, Matthew Schulman M.D., to help get you that perfect bikini body.

1. Botox-Assisted Breast Augmentation – Dr. Schulman has created a rapid recovery breast augmentation procedure using Botox. To eliminate those months of “high and unnatural” implants that results from traditional breast augmentation, Dr. Schulman carefully injects Botox into the chest muscle at the time of the augmentation. Continue reading "Five Cosmetic Surgery Procedures to Get You “Bikini-Ready”"

How to get natural-looking breasts with rapid recovery – Short Scar Botox-Assisted Breast Augmentation

As a specialist in cosmetic breast surgery, I perform a large number of breast augmentations. While over 300,000 breast augmentations were performed in the U.S. in 2011, not all of them were good ones. Breast Augmentations may appear easy to do, as evidenced by the countless poorly trained and inappropriate doctors trying to do this surgery. However, breast augmentation is very difficult to do really well and the revision rate for breast augmentation remains very high nationally. In my practice, I strive for natural-results, minimal complications, and a rapid recovery. I have created a technique for breast augmentation that I think helps me to achieve my goals. While perfection is impossible, I think I get pretty close. Continue reading "How to get natural-looking breasts with rapid recovery – Short Scar Botox-Assisted Breast Augmentation"

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