We have had many patients come back to us after having breast augmentation surgery asking if it’s possible to go larger.
The short answer is yes, it is possible to increase the size of your breast implant after you’ve had the surgery, but there are a lot of things to consider before doing so.
When we have a past patient that comes in asking about larger breasts after they’ve already undergone breast augmentation the first thing we do is show them their before photos. Once the patients see their original before photos when compared to how they currently look, it becomes more obvious how much larger their implants currently look.
After a longer period of time you get used to how the new breasts look and oftentimes forget about what you used to look like before the procedure. In some patients this leads to them almost think of their breasts as their own breasts without an implant in they come in wanting to be bigger. There are a lot of considerations that need to be discussed because the most important thing in what we stress of patients before their first surgery is that they should pick implant that fits her breasts and this will give him the best outcome the best experience and a result that truly gives some beautiful breast shape but doesn’t make them look too big or what a lot of patients call making them look “fat”. In most cases though, once we’ve shown the patient their original before photos they are more likely to see just how much larger and shapelier their breasts actually are and that’s where the conversation ends.
Of course, that’s not always the case though. There are still those patients that have their mind set on going larger no matter what we show them, and that’s totally fine.
We’re here to help you be the best version of yourself you can be, and if that means you’re still unhappy after your initial surgery, we can certainly help with that.
The reality is that sometimes especially people that are really petite they can only fit a certain size implant into the breast so if it’s one or two years later they do have the option to increase the size of their breasts in a reasonable way and sometimes this is desirable to the patient and very doable from the surgical standpoint.
Should You Increase Your Breast Implant Size After Initial Surgery?
As we stated above, the decision is truly yours and yours alone, but we as the surgeons with experience in this field will offer up our professional opinion on whether or not it’s a good idea.
There are some downsides to having your breast size increased after already having implants, the biggest one being that you’ll have to undergo another surgical procedure in an area where you’ve already had surgery.
If you’ve already experienced breast augmentation then you’ll know what to expect, but having a second surgery in the same place can be a little more uncomfortable. The surgeon will have to cut through scar tissue and areas of the muscle that have already re-healed, which can lead to a different recovery.
The anticipation of a second surgery may or may not cause an increase in stress since you already know what to expect. If you had a bad recovery experience, or post-op experience with your first surgery, then you may be more easily worked up going into the second one. Stress can also cause the post-op experience to be more difficult than it was previously.
Finally, the fact that you’re increasing the size of your breasts is going to feel different on your body than the first procedure, so just because you have experienced it before doesn’t mean that it will be similar.
Changing Your Mind After Plastic Surgery
The good news is that with breast augmentation, whether you change your mind and want to go bigger in the future, or you want to have your implants removed, the procedure itself is pretty straight forward.
Since it’s a foreign object being placed in your body, and not necessarily areas of your body being removed, then you can always opt to have the implants replaced or removed at your discretion.
Other cosmetic surgeries such as rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, otoplasty, and more, cannot be reversed as easily. If one of these procedures is performed incorrectly, or you’re not satisfied with the results, there are ways to try to correct them in order to get you closer to the results you were expecting, but you’re not really going to have these sorts of procedures reversed.
During our consultations we always make it a point to properly manage expectations from the procedures we perform. When our patients come in with unrealistic ideas on how their body is going to look after a procedure, it’s up to use to make sure to explain to them why those results are not possible.
Using 3D modeling and examples of past surgeries, we can better show the results on your actual body so you’ll have a better understanding of how you’ll look after the surgery.
If you have any questions about breast augmentation surgery or would like to setup a consultation, please contact us today!