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F.2.A.4 - How much can my breasts be enlarged? What is the limit of this? Why is it limited?




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This article is from the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery FAQ, by mooncrow@lava.net (Robert Green) with numerous contributions by others.

F.2.A.4 - How much can my breasts be enlarged? What is the limit of this? Why is it limited?

The degree of enlargement is based on the anatomy of the patient's
body more than any other factor. Saline-filled implants require
placement underneath the muscle layer of the chest to achieve
a natural result in most patients. The implant must be covered
by the muscle layer, and this coverage determines the maximum
volume of the implant.

The width of the patient's chest, as well as the locations of
nerves in the chest and abdomen limit the maximum volume of an
implant that can be used, because the total width of the implant
must fit underneath the muscle without intruding into the nerve
bundles, otherwise numbness of the breast and/or nipples would
result.

For some patients, placement of the implant may be possible on
top of the muscle layer, providing they have a sufficient amount
of breast tissue and fatty tissue to give the implant the coverage
needed to achieve natural results. Your surgeon can help you
determine the best size of implant for you at the time of your
consultation.



 

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