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Breast enlargement: how big should you go?

Breast Enlargement: How Big Should You Go?

There are many psychological, and some physical, benefits to having a breast enlargement. Besides reconstruction and corrective surgery to fix abnormalities, women opt to have breast surgery for cosmetic reasons in order to improve their appearance. In this way, breast enlargement may boost self esteem and help a woman feel happier about her body. 

This leads to a tough question that requires careful consideration: how big should you go? If you choose a breast size that is too large you may ultimately need surgery later to downsize. On the other hand you may regret not going larger and feel dissatisfied with the result, so it’s important to make the right choice.


This article is written by Jackie Griffiths, a freelance journalist who writes health, medical, biological, and pharmaceutical articles for national and international journals, newsletters and web sites.


Breast enlargement considerations

There is much to weigh up in considering breast enlargement. If you’re thinking about going as large as possible to get your money’s worth: think again. This is impractical and you will probably end up going back under the knife for a reduction. Similarly, if others are encouraging you to go large, but you are unsure, remember that you are the one who has to live with the results, no-one else. Some women may complain after a breast enlargement that they wish they had opted for a bigger size, but this shouldn’t affect your decision. You might not feel the same as them at all.

The majority of women who have a breast enlargement request an increase of two cup sizes. Often they choose a mid to large C cup, with the minority opting for a D cup. Staying within your natural size range is key to maintaining a balanced physique.

Your plastic surgeon will help you calculate the best size taking into account your height, shoulder width, and waistline. But first, think about the following factors and how larger breasts will affect your life:

Frame size

Decide what frame size you are – and ask someone else for a second opinion. This will help determine if you can get away with a large bust. For instance, if you have a small or petite frame having very large breasts will get you a lot of attention and it will probably be quite obvious that you have had a breast enlargement.

The aim of breast enlargement is to achieve a balanced overall look. If you’re going for an hourglass figure, you will want a bust size the same size as your hips, which ideally is 9 to 10 inches bigger than your waist. However, not all women are blessed with small waists.


Consider how much existing breast tissue you have and whether the implants used in breast enlargement will go over or under the chest muscle wall. If you have very little natural breast tissue, hiding the implants will be a problem and contour irregularities will show up. Going under the muscle will help, but the implants may tend to “jump” during exercise, caused by the compression of the implant by the pectoral muscle.

Similarly, if you have thin skin and go for a considerable upsize, the skin will thin out even more and sag faster than if you had gone with smaller implants.


Take a look at your lifestyle – what you do for a living and what hobbies you enjoy. Having larger breast implants can negatively affect your performance in all kinds of sports, such as tennis, scuba diving, biking, horse riding, golf, ballet, and much more. If your bosom is too large, there is no sports bra that will adequately support you.

Breast enlargements may also affect your career. If you’re a businesswoman and can’t hide your new implants under a suit, be prepared to be the talk of the office for a while. The best way is to transition slowly with padded bras or silicone enhancers, and after surgery save the low-cut tops for the weekends.

Psychological effects of breast enlargement

If you get embarrassed by people staring at your breasts, you should definitely think twice about going for breast enhancement. You must choose the size that is right for you, both physically and mentally. What’s more, if it matches your body frame, the overall look will be perfectly natural and is less likely to attract looks.

Be aware that women with large breasts complain they make them feel heavier, or even fat, no matter what their body shape. This is often the main factor (besides premature sagging and discomfort) for having a breast reduction.


Profile of the author

Jackie Griffiths

Jackie Griffiths writes journal and newsletter articles for companies and non-governmental organisations across the UK. As founder and senior writer at Freelance Copy, she writes top level content for websites and print across a broad range of sectors including health, medical, biological, governmental, and pharmaceutical.


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