Breast Augmentation: Why Some Patients Regret Going Too Small

Breast Augmentation: Why Some Patients Regret Going Too Small

Posted on November 28, 2018

Breast Augmentation: Why Some Patients Regret Going Too Small

The decision to undergo breast augmentation is a big deal for many patients. In addition to researching the right surgeon and deciding implant type, the size of the implant is another important question patients must answer in preparation for their treatment. While many follow the mantra, “go big or go home,” others choose a conservative size for their procedure. Those that choose smaller implants, however, often feel underwhelmed with their results and end up back at their surgeon’s office for larger implants.

Why Women Go Too Small

At BHPS, we’ve heard multiple reasons why women feel underwhelmed by their augmentation size. Some of the most common include:

Concerns Over the Results

While breast augmentation is among the most popular cosmetic surgeries, there is still a sense of taboo for many patients over getting work done. For these women, fears of going large are compounded by worries that if they go too large, their new breasts will look unnatural, overdone, or fake. These concerns are often compounded with negative feedback from friends and colleagues about breast augmentation to the point where once-confident patients start second-guessing their choice in breast size and even reconsider surgery. As a result, many breast augmentation patients choose conservatively sized implants only to feel underwhelmed with their results.

Underestimating the Results

From a surgeon’s perspective, procedures are more than just changes to your appearance. They present an important opportunity to improve self-confidence. We have seen time and time again how dramatic breast augmentation can change a patient’s mindset and outlook – the trouble comes with helping patients recognize the full potential of their procedure beforehand. Often, patients underestimate the long-term mental benefits of the procedure and end up choosing smaller sizes only to realize that they’d feel even better if they had they gone larger. Many of our breast revision patients are women who have come to this conclusion and are ready to turn their self-confidence to the max.

Clothing Fit

When women choose breast augmentation as a way of improving their appearance and ability to wear certain clothing, even a small jump can make a big difference; going between 325CCs and 350CCs can cause a significant impact. Whereas some women may be worried that going too large will make them too top heavy, women who choose too small implants may find that their figure looks proportionally off or that they still haven’t achieved their dream of filling out their favorite tops and dresses. After going through the mental, physical and financial investment of surgery, this realization can be especially underwhelming.

Finding Your Right Size at BHPS

At our Beverly Hills surgical practice, our experts understand how life-changing cosmetic surgery can be, especially the concerns associated with breast augmentation. Luckily, amending too small implants is an easy procedure. Also called secondary breast augmentation surgery, breast revision can be performed to correct the results of prior augmentations. For women left unsatisfied with their results, this treatment is an excellent way of restoring lost self-confidence.

Whether you feel dissatisfied with your prior treatment or are still weighing if breast augmentation is right for you, our team is here to help. To learn more about breast revision surgery, call (310) 746-5475 to schedule your consultation with our Beverly Hills surgeons today!


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