What Can I Do If My Implants Are Too Small?

Published on November 20, 2020 by

Breast augmentation can greatly improve a person’s confidence and self-esteem, but it’s important to take your time, do your research, and ask lots of questions in order to select the right implants before having surgery. This is not something you’ll want to rush into or take lightly. While breast augmentation has a high satisfaction rate, there are some patients who are not satisfied with their results because they chose implants that they consider to be too large or small for their frame, or they have concerns about the style, shape, or fillings. There are options available if you want to change out your breast implants and create a new look. Our Nashville-based cosmetic surgery team at Maxwell Aesthetics regularly performs breast revision surgery for patients who want to have their old implants replaced.

Dissatisfaction with implant size is one of the most common reasons for people to want a change after breast augmentation surgery, with their lifestyle, natural body shape, aesthetic preferences, and fashion trends potentially changing drastically in the years after their surgery. For example, the early 2000s was the era of big boobs. In other words, the exaggerated look for plastic surgery was in. These days, more women are opting to downsize with smaller, more natural-looking implants that don’t make it obvious that they’ve had plastic surgery.

Very large breasts can also make it difficult to exercise, meaning that they can get in your way if you have (or go on to have) a very active lifestyle. Furthermore, too-large implants can cause discomfort in the chest, back, and neck during intense activity.

Meanwhile, there are other patients who end up wishing they had chosen a larger size. Still others want to swap their silicone devices for saline, textured devices for smooth ones, and more. We recommend that patients wait for their body to fully heal and for any post-procedural swelling to go down before considering a revision.

It’s also important to remember that breast implants, though very durable, aren’t designed to last for a lifetime. Implants may stay intact for decades, but if you’re experiencing potential complications such as swelling, asymmetry, hardening, or changes in position, it may be the right time to consider having your implants exchanged.

Learn more about breast revision and other breast procedures from our Nashville-based cosmetic surgery team at Maxwell Aesthetics. Call us today at 615-932-7700 or submit a contact form to get started.