There is an ideal shoe size for your foot. Too small and your foot will be crammed and too large and your foot will not fill the shoe. The same thing is true with breasts: too large and it will look round and fake; too small and it will be loose and empty on the top. If you are reading this, it is probably because you thought the photos of my patients looked beautiful. The common denominator to the most beautiful breasts is that they were sized objectively
on the basis of measurements. Dr. Teitelbaum measure five things, and from that he uses a formula to determine the ideal size. This formula has been published and thoroughly vetted by top plastic surgeons. Dr. Teitelbaum even has a patent for an implant-sizing device based upon these principles, so he is thoroughly versed in making this determination.
This remains one of the biggest concerns of every augmentation patient, so it will bears repeating: there is an ideal implant size for you. You can go smaller, but you won’t be filled up. You can go bigger, but you will look round. Think of a soft-sided purse: if you put only a couple of things, it will collapse and lose its shape. If you shove a lot of stuff into your purse, it will always look round. With a breast, the shape changes as the volume changes meaning you cannot have
the same shape with any volume. If you want to look relatively natural, there is a limit to how large you can go. If you want to look relatively filled, there is a limit to how small you can go.
Sometimes Dr. Teitelbaum measures a patient and they want to look smaller than what anatomically is the ideal size for their breasts. That is okay, so long as they understand their breasts may not be totally filled up, and that they may be empty on the top.
At other times he measures a patient and they want to be larger than that ideal size. If they do go larger, they face two tradeoffs. The first is that they will look rounder and less natural. The second is that the size and weight of an implant that is too large for their tissues will more rapidly stretch their skin over time and compress their own breast tissue, leading to rippling, an implant that can be felt, and perhaps the need for a lift in the future.