It’s amazing that not a moment passes in my day when I am not confronted with polar opposite problems with breast enhancement patients—either breasts are too small or too large, what I refer to as Breast Size, the Yin and Yang of Plastic Surgery. Too small, and a woman doesn’t feel feminine enough. Too large, and her breasts become a burden to bear.
Then there is also the group in between consisting of those women who simply don’t like the shape of their breasts. “The size is ok, I just don’t like the way they look.”
We all seem to want what we don’t have. We just need to make sure that when we have a choice of size, we don’t go to the opposite extreme.
Hence, we have two very common plastic surgery procedures: a breast augmentation and a breast reduction. I consider both “happy” surgeries as most patients are very pleased when their breasts are “normal” sized after either of these procedures.
Breast reduction patients almost always prefer, and benefit from, smaller breasts. If the breasts are left too large, they will more than likely wish they were smaller. Breast augmentation patients are at times tempted to choose a size that is simply too large, with some patients regretting their choice of such large implants. I always preach moderation when it comes to breast implant size.
What breast size do you prefer? Are you happy with your breast size? If you have had a breast augmentation or reduction, can you share some of your experience with us?
Robert Caridi, MD