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Eyeballing Breast Enlargement Surgery

Eyeballing vs. Accuracy & Measurements

Why measure your breasts? Can't an experienced, artistic surgeon just "eyeball" and determine what you need?

No matter how many thousands of breasts a plastic surgeon has examined, no surgeon can be as accurate "eyeballing" your breasts compared to precisely measuring your breasts.

It's very easy to fool even the most experienced eye – we do it all the time in courses that we teach to surgeons! A caliper and tape measure give us precise measurements that are far more accurate than simply looking at your breasts.

No woman has two breasts that are the same. Small differences are normal, and many go unnoticed without measurements.

No surgeon can ever make two breasts exactly match, but adjustments are more accurate using precise measurements compared to "eyeballing"!

A surgeon can only work with the tissues that you bring the surgeon to work with! Without measurements, how can the surgeon know precisely what you're bringing to work with? The answer is, the surgeon can't-at least not as accurately as if the surgeon measured your breasts!

Measurements of your breasts tell a surgeon precisely how much skin you have to work with, and help the surgeon know how much that skin was stretched if you've been pregnant.

Measurements can tell a surgeon how much implant is required for the best aesthetic result, and how much implant might cause problems long term.

Measurements can tell a surgeon what your tissues will allow you to have without unduly stressing your tissues, and what is necessary to adequately fill the skin envelope of your breast for an optimal result!

When you have an examination by a surgeon, notice how precisely the surgeon measures your breasts, how detailed the records are that the surgeon uses, and how thoroughly the surgeon explains to you what the measurements mean in terms of your options and the tradeoffs of those options.

Measuring the thickness of your tissues, especially in the upper breast, tells us whether you have options of placing your implant over the muscle as well as under the muscle.

If your tissues are thick enough to cover the upper implant without risking a visible upper edge of the implant, we can offer you the options of over the muscle. If you tissues are too thin by measurement, you would see the edge of an implant if it were placed over the muscle, so placing the implant under the muscle is preferable.

Please choose from the sections below to read more about The Best Breast:

1999 CosmetXpertise. All rights reserved.
John B. Tebbetts, M.D.

The information in this section of our web site is from the book The Best Breast: The Ultimate, Discriminating Woman's Guide to Breast Augmentation by John B. Tebbetts, M.D. and Terrye B. Tebbetts, and is included on our web site with Dr. Tebbetts' permission. You can visit their web site at You can purchase The Best Breast book at or Barnes and Dr. Desman urges you to read this book**! It is a tremendous resource for you.

**Dr. Desman has no financial interest in the referral or sale of this book.

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