Breast augmentation revisions to change the size of breast implants are usually for increases in cc's, but there are a few reasons why you may choose to switch your breast implants for smaller ones.
Here's my top reasons why you may choose to downsize your breast implants...
My Breast Implants Look Or Feel Too Big
Big breast implants are not that easy to manage. The larger the breast implants, the heavier and more... cumbersome... they are.
It's actually pretty rare to think you've gone too large with your breast implants.
It's much more common to wish you'd gone bigger.
If after 6 months with your new boobs (by which point your breast implants should be mostly settled) you still think they're too big then it's time to touch base with your plastic surgeon. Let your surgeon counsel and support you.
Going back to the drawing board and selecting a new Boobie Guide will help you select your new ideal breasts. (To see a significant change in breast size a reduction of 100c of breast implant volume will be needed.)
My Breast Implants Are Not Compatible With My Lifestyle
Big breast implants can also mean difficulty finding bras, bathing suits and clothing to accommodate your girls. If it's more than an occasional wardrobe frustration for you downsizing your breast implants might make things easier.
And, if you lead an active lifestyle you may find that larger breast implants get in your way.
Yoga, aerobic activities, running, etc. can all be challenging for women with larger breast implants
Achieving a Natural Look with Breast Implants
Disproportionately large breast implants can cause neck, shoulder and back problems. Large breast implants can become even more problematic as you age. When menopause strikes our bodies like to gain weight in the breast area due to hormonal changes.
As the body ages some women decide to downsize their breast implants, opting for a more natural look. They just don't want big boobs anymore.
Some women even decide to remove their breast implants completely, but if this means you'll need a breast lift to keep your breasts looking youthful a smaller breast implant may be enough to keep your breasts looking beautiful.
What If I Don’t Like My Smaller Breasts?
Any breast augmentation takes an adjustment period... where you learn to accept (and hopefully love) your new breasts.
The main worry with a breast implant size reduction is extra skin. Skin recovery depends on genetics and age and younger women with healthy skin and no existing breast sagging obviously have the best chance of the breast skin tightening up around a smaller breast implant.
Always discuss these kinds of concerns with your plastic surgeon!
If you do switch out large breast implants, know that most women who downsize are happy with their new girls. And being happy and confident with your body is what really matters! :)
Thoughts from Dr. Ben WoodIf you find that, with time, your implants aren't fitting the proportions of your body the way that you would like, or interfere with your ability to do the things that you'd like to do, exchanging them for a smaller volume can be a very straightforward procedure.
Your breast tissue will typically adjust to the decreased size of the implants, and if there are other aspects like implant or nipple positioning that may need to be addressed we'll discuss those options as well.