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Choosing breast implants is one of the biggest decisions when planning your breast augmentation. At my plastic surgery center in Charlotte, NC, I tell my patients that this is about more than just picking a cup size; it’s a process and your goals and expectations may evolve. Here are some tips to make your decision a little easier.

  1. Keep your lifestyle in mind. The size of your implants needs to fit your lifestyle. If you often do high-intensity workouts, long-distance running, or certain sports, you may want to steer clear of very large implants. Also, what type of clothing do you like to wear? Do you need more dramatic cleavage to fill out the tops and dresses you prefer? Or do you like to go bra-less? Do you want people to notice your newly enhanced breasts, or do you want to keep them under the radar? These are all important lifestyle considerations that should factor into your implant sizing decision.
  2. Consider shape and position along with size. Many women who undergo breast augmentation also need a breast lift to correct sagging, deflated breasts. This is often the case for women who’ve breastfed one or more children. When a surgeon removes excess, sagging skin and tissue during a breast lift, the result is uplifted, perky breasts that may be slightly smaller due to the tissue removal. You may want implants that simply re-create the look of your pre-baby breasts, or you may want to increase volume more dramatically. In either case, be sure that you wait at least 3 to 6 months after weaning your last child before undergoing breast enhancement so that your breast size has stabilized.
  3. Bring a friend to your consultation. It’s always nice to have a second opinion from someone you trust. Bring along a good friend or loved one to your consultation to get a different perspective on your implant decision. But remember, it’s your body, so it’s ultimately your decision.
  4. Consider the long-term. While breast implants—like most medical devices—are not designed to last a lifetime, you are going to have these implants for a long time. It’s important to take into consideration how they will impact your life over many years. Will you be happy 5 years from now with the look you’re choosing today? Try to choose implants that will make you happy now and in future phases of your life.
  5. Listen to the advice of your board-certified plastic surgeon. It is important to take your surgeon’s guidance to heart. He or she wants what is in your best interest and will be able to give you a recommendation that is based on their education and years of experience. There is no “perfect” size. Rather, there is a range of sizes that will work well.

Check out our photo gallery to get a good idea of your potential. If you want to discuss your options or are ready to take the next steps, request a consultation online or give our office a call.

  • Amanda H.
    2018-10-25

    A life enhancing experience and transformation into being the most comfortable I've ever been in my own skin! I wasn't unhappy with my body pre surgery, I stay fit and eat healthy. My body fat stays very low and with that, came very small breasts. I wanted natural looking results and that's exactly what I received. Dr. Augenstein streamlined his focus on my individual and unique expectations. He helped me achieve my ideal body image. I feel comfortable and confident with the level of knowledge his staff possesses. The facility is brand new with state of the art equipment. I will do business with Dr Augentein in the future. Amanda

  • Kimberly F.
    2018-07-07

    Dr. A is the best! I have a friend who highly recommended Dr. Augenstein and his practice. I felt completely comfortable discussing my concerns and what options I had to improve my body/self esteem. He took a lot of time explaining what he could do for me and made sure I didn't have any questions. The follow up to establish size, instructions, and answer any other questions was just as good as the consult. He was very informative and there is NO PRESSURE to even proceed with surgery. He wants what is best for his patients and my result is simply amazing. I am so happy with my decision to have the procedure done. He has been there for me even afterwards for any question I have. Please do your research before picking somewhere. Dr. A is the real deal!!!! And I can't forget to give a shout out the Jane and Jamie. The staff is top notch!!!! Thank you so much!!!

  • Ann D.
    2019-10-10

    Dr. Augenstein is truly the God of Breasts and plastic surgery in general. For years I was told by other plastic surgeons that I needed a breast reduction to get the look I wanted. One consultation with Dr. Augenstein, it was clearly explained that a different approach was needed for my issue. He demonstrated the reasons that I needed more of a lift vs a reduction. Plus, the price quoted for doing a complete mommy makeover, including liposuction with Dr. A was about the same price I was quoted for a simple breast reduction at other area providers. My results are to die for! My breasts didn't look this good during my teens years! They are perky and look like something you would see on a model. No implants used! I'm in my mid 40's and I can honestly say my breasts look better than 90% of the girls in their 20's, while still looking natural! I'm still waiting to see the end result of my tummy tuck and Lipo. It takes around 6 months to see the end result due to swelling. However, my husband and my mother are already impressed. I can see a big difference at 7 days post op! I will be using him for my Botox injections from now on as well. You can tell that he has an artistic vision when he works on you, as plastic surgery should be a mix of art and medicine.

  • 2019-08-15

    Dr. Augenstein is just simply amazing. He was very personable, funny, and of course an amazing aesthetic surgeon. So happy I found him! Jane, his aesthetician is fantastic! I had the best afternoon with her. They are both so caring and they genuinely listen to what you want. I found my spot from here on out! Couldn’t have asked for a better experience!

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Feb 23, 2019
by Amanda H on Aesthetic Surgery of Charlotte
Most comfortable I've ever been in my own skin!

A life enhancing experience and transformation into being the most comfortable I've ever been in my own skin!

I wasn't unhappy with my body pre surgery, I stay fit and eat healthy. My body fat stays very low and with that, came very small breasts. I wanted natural looking results and that's exactly what I received. Dr. Augenstein streamlined his focus on my individual and unique expectations. He helped me achieve my ideal body image. I feel comfortable and confident with the level of knowledge his staff possesses. The facility is brand new with state of the art equipment. I will do business with Dr Augentein in the future.