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How big of an Implant can I get?

This is a fairly common question I field when I meet with women considering a Louisville Breast Augmentation. The answer depends on a few issues. Skin quality, breast size, chest wall shape and size, and the breast base width are all important issues we need to consider.

The skin is my first consideration. No matter what the implant size, at the end of the day we are adding weight to the breast when the implants go in. So, if you have good thick skin without stretch marks that has withstood pregnancies, we can use more implant. On the other hand, if your breasts are covered with stretch marks and the breast droops we have to be a bit more careful to avoid the “rock in a sock” look.

Breast size and chest wall dimensions are next. The biggest issue here is to keep the implant from being too far under your arms. If you have a narrow chest or a smaller breast, you may want to consider a smaller implants. The reason why is that as the implant size increases so does the diameter of the implant. As the diameter gets larger there is more breast out laterally that your arm will bump into. A lot of women do not like this, especially those that exercise a lot.

Base diameter is also a key issue. You will want to choose an implant that fits within the starting dimensions of your breasts. If you choose an implant that is wider than your breasts you run the risk of having a “stacked ring” look where there is a stepoff because the implant base is wider than your breast width.

These are the issues I consider when we discuss size. Ultimately, you will decide on what you want to do, but I will defintely make recommendations based on the things I’ve described above.

Lee Corbett, MD


All posts on this blog are authored by Southern Indiana cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Lee Corbett. Dr. Corbett specializes in breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast reductions.

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