Some women that get breast implants decide they want a larger size after they’ve had their implants in for a while. But how would you go about increasing the size your breast implants?
According to Dr. Steven Wallach, there are many patients that seek revisions of their breast augmentation. Often times, patients come in because they have small implants and they want larger implants for a more dramatic body figure enhancement.
Dr. Wallach feels that exchanging a small implant for a larger sizer is easier than going from a larger implant to a smaller implant. If a woman with small implants does not have any significant sagging of the tissues, then it is possible to put a larger implant in. Sometimes it’s difficult to predict how much larger, many times Dr. Wallach will have patients do a baggy test with the implants they already have in. This is an at-home test that helps decide a volume patients will be happy with. During this test, the patient gets a plastic bag that can twist-tie. Then the bag is filled with either rice or water, which is measured out to a suggested volume. Patients can then put the bag into a loose fitting bra (one they may want to fill), and see if that’s the volume for them. This is an effective way to achieve a rough estimate of the final implant volume.
Typically, increasing breast implant size can be easily done if the patient does not have a capsular contracture, or any other implant issues related to the previous surgery. Implant revision can often be done with a simple exchange, along with a release of the capsule to allow the larger implant to fit comfortably. In some cases where the pocket is too large, reduction of the soft capsule may be necessary, commonly referred to as a capsulorrhaphy. In any case, Dr. Wallach’s goal is for you to be ultimately happy with your final results, with the goal to provide a natural looking result for his patients.
Dr. Wallach offers various breast surgeries, including breast implants for breast augmentation. Make an appointment with Dr. Wallach today to answer any questions you may have.