Small Breast Implants for Subtle, Natural Looking Breast Augmentation

A woman is happy about her subtle breast augmentation.

Breast augmentation can work for Denver women of all shapes and sizes. But some patients–especially those who have smaller frames–may worry that surgery will give them an obvious, top-heavy look. But the great benefit of breast augmentation today is that it is entirely customizable. Those who prefer a smaller cup size are easily accommodated with low-profile, small breast implants that create subtle, natural-looking breast augmentation results.

While oversized implants were trendy in the past, patients today shouldn’t be afraid to ask for a subtler option. This blog post will explain how women can create a flattering, proportional figure.

Leaving the Heavy-Breasted Look Behind

Breast augmentation remains one of the most popular plastic surgeries in America. It is an excellent way to achieve a curvier, more feminine body shape in a single surgery.

In decades past, higher profile breast implants were the popular trend. Women often requested D cups or more—no matter their natural body size or shape. Unfortunately, choosing breast implants that don’t match your body type can have unintended consequences. Some patients like these from 10 or 15 years ago might now experience rippling, implant movement, or sensation problems, causing them to seek out breast revision surgery to reduce the size of their implants.

Picture of woman's bare torso showing her breasts with large implants and after implant exchange with smaller implants and a breast lift.
The petite patient shown above had 530 cc breast implants placed by another plastic surgeon but found that they looked unnaturally large and out of proportion with her smaller frame. She came to Dr. Vath for a breast revision. She is pictured on the right after a breast implant exchange with smaller implants and a breast lift.

Embracing Natural Beauty

Between these medical issues and societal trends, a more natural, subtle look is now a common choice among patients. Many women ask for a B or C cup, preferring to go up only 1 or 2 sizes. This choice can help prevent medical issues, and it strengthens the longevity of surgery results.

Woman's bare torso showing breasts before and after small implants.
This small-framed woman wanted to increase her size from a B to a small C cup, choosing 280 cc silicone gel implants. She is pictured 6 months post-op on the right with a natural-looking, subtle size increase.

Breast augmentation is not a “one size fits all” procedure and should always be adjusted to best match the patient. There are multiple breast implant options that women can decide between and customize. Those who want understated results may prefer choices such as:

  • Size: Patients can opt for a smaller implant that pairs well with their existing breast tissue. Read our related blog post to learn more about choosing the right implant size for you.
  • Shape: Teardrop-shaped implants create a gentle curve that mimics the shape of natural breasts.
  • Material: Cohesive gel “gummy bear” implants are made of thick, gummy-like liquid that has a smoother feel than saline implants.
  • Placement: Placing the implant underneath the chest muscle can add gentle volume and hide the appearance of the implant.

When you come in for your pre-surgery consultation, you will be able to “try on” actual implants in a specialized bra. You can also use our state-of-the-art Vectra 3-D imaging system to see a virtual preview of what you will look like after surgery.

When working together with a board-certified plastic surgeon, you can find the best combination of surgery details to create natural-looking, attractive breast augmentation results. Tell your doctor about your lifestyle and long-term goals so they can help guide your implant selection process.

Browse our before-and-after gallery to see other real examples of breast augmentation patients. If you have more questions about breast implants, request a consultation at our Denver or Golden, CO, practices.

6 Responses to Small Breast Implants for Subtle, Natural Looking Breast Augmentation

    • KBlatherwick says:

      Hi Alexis,

      The comprehensive quotes below include all of your before and after care, implants, garment, surgeon’s fee, operating room and anesthesia.

      Saline: $7,110 – 8,270
      Silicone gel: $7,910 – 9,070
      Form Stable (“gummy bear”): $9,160 – 10,320

      We will be able to give you a definite price quote when you come in for your consultation.

  • Mary says:

    I’m looking to remove my implants and get a breast lift and reduce the size of my areola, (having had a few breast implants and going larger stretched out my areola.

    • KBlatherwick says:

      Hi Mary,

      This is a procedure that all of our surgeons perform on a regular basis. Please feel free to call us at 303.278.2600 to schedule a consultation

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