Can Breast Implants Be Too Big?

When selecting the size of your breast implants, it’s important to have realistic expectations regarding what size is best for you. We encourage patients to think about how the size of their new breasts will impact their lifestyle and post-procedure appearance. Specifically, we warn patients that choosing implants that are too large for their frame or body might in fact lead to some unwanted problems in the future.

Here are some concerns related to choosing excessively large breast implants:

  • Petite patients with overly large breast implants can suffer from chronic back pain.
  • Large implants make any revisional breast surgery that may be needed more complicated. The large implant requires the creation of a larger breast pocket, which can be difficult to reduce should the patient want to later remove or decrease the size of their implants.
  • Larger silicone implants typically require longer incisions than smaller implants, resulting in more visible post-procedure scarring.
  • Rippling of the implant may be more visible as natural breast tissue is less able to cover the implant.
  • The risk of capsular contracture is higher as overly large implants may stretch or distort natural breast tissue.
  • Larger implants have a higher risk of becoming displaced compared to smaller implants.
  • There is an increased risk of post-procedure loss of nipple sensation with larger implants.
  • Patients with larger implants may experience a faster rate of breast drooping, potentially requiring breast lift procedure to address.
  • The formation of stretch marks along the breasts are more likely.

Try Before You Buy

One of the best ways to avoid choosing breast implants that are too big in relation to your body frame is to try different sized implants on for size during a consultation. During a breast surgery consultation in Gainesville, Dr. Allison will listen to your goals and evaluate your needs to help you choose the right breast implant size for you. Contact Dr. David W. Allison today at 703-754-8228 or mdallison.com to learn more or to schedule an exam.