A potential breast augmentation patient asks: “I’m worried that if I get breast implants they will give me a top heavy look (my friend calls it the stripper look!), so, I’m trying to figure out what size breast implants should I get. Is there a rule of thumb or tips for choosing breast augmentation sizes?”
Choosing breast implants that are large can indeed give you a top heavy look. The exact size to choose and the final look you want is of course a personal choice and everyone has a different opinion. Ultimately, it should be your decision. Nevertheless, in order to achieve a more natural or balanced look it is helpful to choose implants that are proportional to your breast and chest dimensions.
Matching the dimensions of the implant to the dimensions of your breasts (most importantly breast width) will offer you the best chance of achieving a proportional look. Your plastic surgeon can help you with this. At the time of the consultation an exam can be performed and breast measurements can be taken. These measurements can be compared to the dimensions of the implant choices to help determine a starting point for implant size.
You may then have the opportunity to try a similar sized test implant in your bra to get an idea of how large you’ll be. You may then choose to stay with that size or go up or down as your taste and desires guide you.
Seek the consultation of a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. They have a website listing all the certified plastic surgeons. Members of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery will all be board certified in plastic surgery and have demonstrated an interest and competence in cosmetic plastic surgery as well.