April 23, 2012
-- Have you ever seen pictures of Angelyne, the Hollywood Billboard model whose face and gargantuan breasts were plastered all over Hollywood starting a little over twenty years ago? Or maybe you remember the craze over Salma Hayek’s breasts before she decided to play Freida Kahlo (where the unibrow took center stage for a brief moment;) it’s possible that you heard our husband make a sideways comment about Kim Kardashian’s bustline while flipping through channels one Monday evening. Since you’re already in the market to get breast implants anyway, why not go for breasts as big as theirs? Why not larger?
“When considering matters of the body, the “bigger is better” mentality should be finely tempered with the knowledge that your body might well not be able to handle oversized implants,” said Dr.Sompob Sansiri, the lead plastic surgeon at SP Clinic.
While those D-, E-, and even G-cup images seen online, television, and in print might sometimes seem like a good model to use when considering your own breast augmentation, it’s also a great idea to consider your own body types and proportions as well. A moderate breast augmentation–
one that enlarges the breast one to two sizes– is far more advisable than an increase of much more than that, at least in the first surgical session.
But what if, one might ask, you’re so tired of being small-breasted that you really just want the largest imaginable? Since breast augmentation is elective, you might think that, considering that you’re paying for a service and it’s your body, you should have complete control over the size you want your breasts to be. To a certain extent, it’s true that your breasts, being your own, should be the size that you want; on the other hand, the surgery itself puts the body under quite a bit of strain, and the final result will depend not only upon the size of the implants you and your physician agree upon, but the recuperation time and possible adverse side-effects of the procedure afterward.
Your body might not be able to handle an extreme augmentation physically, and, aesthetically speaking, there’s a good chance that your desire for enormous breasts (after having lived with your small-to-average-
sized breasts for your entire life prior to the procedure) might not end up having the final result that you wanted while considering sizes before the procedure is done. Earlier in this post, we made reference to billboard model, sometime actress, and Hollywood caricature Angelyne. Not only is her augmentation grossly disproportionate to her body, but the primary cause of her double-edged fame– a series of handbills and billboards plastered across Hollywood that focused primarily on her bustline– have been accompanied by an extreme secrecy around medical problems that have undoubtedly arisen from her augmentations, though it’s been widely speculated that they have been numerous and ongoing.
“In order to avoid any future complications after your own breast augmentation surgery, it’s important to both be careful in thoroughly checking your prospective plastic surgeon’s credentials, but to keep in mind as well that your consultation process should be an open dialogue wherein you and your physician frankly and openly discuss the risks and benefits of whether your desired breast size is advisable given your body type and overall health before the procedure takes place,” added Dr.Sompob Sansiri.
Qualified and ethical physicians will be able to guide you through this process and work with you so that the balance between the desires you glean from celebrity photos (if that’s your primary aesthetic reference) and the limits and assets of your own body as it already exists are met. Chances are good that the right physician will be able to work with you so that both of your goals are met during this process.
Women of all shapes and sizes have been known to desire breast augmentation, and it’s our job as cosmetic surgeons to be able to make those desires realities. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that our expertise is a mixture between aesthetic and physical limits and, as such, the relationship between physician and patient in these matters are extremely collaborative. Part of the joy of this work is to be able to give patients the looks they want in the safest way possible.