Lately, many plastic surgeons have been noticing a shift in the wind when it comes to breast augmentation. Instead of requesting noticeably larger augmentations for their breasts, many women are choosing smaller, more natural-looking implant sizes—and some who already have implants are even downsizing. As recently as ten years ago, getting breast implants generally meant getting large breast implants. Today, however, more women are choosing just the opposite. Hollywood, as is often the case, may have something to do with this new trend—a number of female celebrities have either exchanged their large implants for smaller ones (like Denise Richards, Victoria Beckham, and Pamela Anderson) or gotten modestly sized implants to begin with (like Kate Hudson).
For some women, however, choosing smaller implants may have less to do with what’s currently “in” and more to do with comfort. Some of the reasons women might wish to keep their implant size on the petite side to begin with include wanting to look and feel more natural and comfortable and wanting to make sure their active lifestyle isn’t impeded by their implants. Large breasts can also cause lower back pain in some women, in which cases breast reduction is the easiest, most effective resolution of the issue.
Smaller breast implants are a matter of personal preference, of course; and for some women, bigger is the more appealing choice. As our technology continues to improve, however, we are becoming more able to provide women with a wide range of augmentation choices. If you’re thinking about getting breast implants or reducing the size of your current implants, feel free to schedule a free consultation at the San Francisco Plastic Surgery & Laser Center—we would be more than happy to talk you through the process and help you choose the option that’s right for you!