The Pros and Cons of Small Breast Implants By Oren Zvi Lerman, M.D. on July 09, 2017

Holding a breast implantIf you want to look your best, enhancing the shape and prominence of your curves is a great option to consider. There are few better options to enhance curves and contours than breast augmentation surgery. During breast augmentation surgery, implants are placed to increase the size and enhance the shape of the breasts.

Patients at our Manhattan plastic surgery center often have questions about the size and type of breast implants that are right for them. Some consider getting small breast implants rather than large breast implants. Let's consider the pros and cons of this decision and what options may be most ideal for you and your needs.

The Advantages of Small Breast Implants

There are many compelling reasons why someone may opt for smaller breast implants:

  • More Natural Appearance – If you get smaller breast implants, there's a greater chance that the results of the surgery will appear more natural. This is particularly true for skinny women and women with certain body types.

  • Smaller Incisions and Less Scarring – Placing small breast implants will typically involve smaller incisions. This means less visible post-operative scarring.

  • Faster Recovery Times – Placing small breast implants will typically mean less invasive surgery, which translates into faster recovery times and healing.

  • Less Post-operative Pain – Since the surgery is less invasive and involves smaller incisions, patients typically experience less pain as they recover from surgery.

  • Fewer Stretchmarks in the Long Run – Large breast implants can stretch out the skin and lead to stretchmarks over time. This is much less of an issue with small breast implants.

Given these advantages, it's no surprise that many patients and surgeons may want to play it conservative when it comes to breast augmentation surgery.

The Disadvantages of Small Breast Implants

Even though there are some clear advantages to getting smaller breast implants, there are some important disadvantages to consider. These are as follows:

  • Results May Not Be as Dramatic as Hoped – Many patients how to dramatically increase the size and shape of their breasts through surgery. This is simply not possible with small breast implants.

  • Patients May Want Larger Implants Later – When patients don't achieve ideal results in the initial surgery, they may wind up undergoing another surgery later on to achieve their aesthetic goals. Additional surgery means added cost when more ideal results might have been achieved the first time around.

Given these disadvantages, you can understand why being too conservative about breast augmentation surgery can result in many drawbacks and frustrations.

Tailoring Breast Augmentation Surgery to Your Needs

Given the pros and cons above, it's important to us that we discuss all implant options with our patients before performing breast augmentation surgery. During the consultation process, we will go over the risks and benefits with regard to the size and composition of the breast implants, answer all questions and addressing all concerns.

We want to help you make the ideal choice for your aesthetic goals. By developing a treatment plan with your needs in mind, we can increase the likelihood of ideal outcomes and better patient satisfaction.

Learn More About Breast Implants

For more information about breast augmentation surgery and whether or not it's ideal for you, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The team at our practice is here to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

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Dr. Oren Lerman

Oren Z. Lerman, MD

Dr. Oren Lerman performs a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures with a specialty in reconstructive breast surgery. In fact, he is the director of breast reconstruction at Lenox Hill Hospital's Institute for Comprehensive Breast Care as well as the Microvascular and Cosmetic Breast Fellowship. In addition to the hospital, Dr. Lerman is affiliated with:

  • The New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons (Past President)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery (Diplomate)
  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery

You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Lerman by filling out our online form or calling (212) 434-6980.

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