Women asking for larger breast implants
12 October 2009
UK surgeons say that the size of breast implants women ask for has
increased in the last decade. However, the experts say big is not always
Roy Ng, cosmetic surgeon for The Firm, formally branded as Mybreast,
has noticed this increase in women wanting larger implants. "Seven years
ago the average implant size women were asking for was about 240cc but
today the average is between 270cc and 310cc. This represents an average
increase of between 15 and 25 per cent."
Mr Ng says many of his patients want a natural look but then bring in
photographs of large breasted women who they want to emulate, which
contradicts their 'natural' vision. "Only a small proportion of patients
want the obvious looking implants — but the average size being demanded
is definitely increasing."
Fellow cosmetic surgeon at The Firm, Nilesh Sojitra, has noticed the
increase as well, saying his average implant request is from 300cc to
320cc. However, The Firm's experienced cosmetic surgeons say that bigger
is not always best.
"We're trying to change the way people are thinking about breast
surgery," says one of The Firm's founding surgeons, Patrick Mallucci.
"There is a very fine line between enhancement and distortion, and
it's easy to cross that line. It's very important that people realise
going too big can create an unnatural looking breast as well as
distortion and long standing breast tissue damage.
"Patients may not understand, before their consultation, that there
may be a limit to the size that they can have without risking damaging
At The Firm, founders of Mybreast, BAAPS surgeons focus on choosing
an implant according to what's appropriate for each individual, given
their natural size.
"Not every implant will be appropriate for every individual," says
Patrick Mallucci. "We are trying to educate people that big is not best,
it's about shape and is centered around the particular individual."
The larger the implant women have, the higher the risk of drooping
breasts and wrinkling as well, the surgeons warn.
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