Why Are More Women Getting Smaller Breast Implants?
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While many women assume breast augmentation means significantly large breasts, small breast implants have become an increasingly popular option for women. Culture shapes the popular aesthetic goals of the time, and right now, women have a wide spectrum of breast goals.
More surgeons are coming to the aid of women who need the support of more diverse breast size and shape options, and the growing trends seem to show that the future of breast augmentation is more inclusive
Below are some of the reasons why there may be an uptick in requests for small implants.
Easier on an Active Lifestyle
For highly active women desiring breast augmentation, small implants can be a useful option. Chest exercise can be challenging with large implants (depending on whether the implants are placed above or below the muscle), and can even cause mild pain or discomfort for women who are very physically active.
While chest exercises are certainly not off-limits with breast implants (even some women weightlifters have breast implants), the larger the implants, the more chest exercises become precarious to the wellbeing of the implant’s integrity, shape, and structure.
If chest exercises are not limited, the pressure of the pectoral muscles against the implant can result in misalignment and asymmetry. Such complications can typically only be resolved with breast revision. Small implants may better allow patients to exercise their chest without an increased risk of unwanted repositioning.
Changing Beauty Standards
Women with diverse backgrounds and personal experiences are beginning to shift the conversation around beauty standards, and if history is a guidepost, beauty standards will continue to adjust. With this shift, some women are finding fulfillment with their smaller, more natural-looking implants. As life changes, so do our ideas surrounding beauty and what it means to be attractive to ourselves and those around us. Beauty for some women matures into a deep appreciation for their natural breast size or a breast size that more closely fits their proportions.
This desire for subtle breast augmentation is also creating a rise in natural breast augmentation, where fat is harvested from the body and used to increase the size of the breasts without implants. This technique cannot achieve the same volume increase as implants but can add subtle fullness.
Physical and Aesthetic Comfort
Smaller breasts sometimes result in a more natural-looking physique, which can make a woman more comfortable in her skin as she goes about her day-to-day life. The weight of large breast implants can potentially cause a strain on the back or shoulders if there is not enough support provided by your body’s physique (although this is usually only seen with significantly oversized breasts). Chafing under or between the breasts can result in more physical and mental strain if gone unchecked.
Women with proportional implants to their bodies often display a greater sense of comfort by having breasts that do not allow size-related issues to surface. In turn, a more joyful and healthy lifestyle becomes available.
How Can I Learn More?
Dr. Chiu can help you find out more about breast implant options after proper evaluation and consultation. Even if you do not have a clear understanding of what you desire when it comes to breast implant size, Dr. Chiu’s years of experience and professional wisdom can help. Contact Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. at (310) 736-6810 to schedule a consultation. We are happy to offer a variety of financing options upon approved credit.