Selecting the size for your new breast implants can be a difficult task. Many women allow this decision to “stress them out” because they fear making the wrong decision. I will start out by saying that while the decision is important, it should not be a major source of anxiety regarding your breast augmentation.
Many women are too focused on the volume number (or “cc”) when the truth is that there is very little noticeable difference between close volumes – only your plastic surgeon (maybe) will be able to tell the difference between a 330 cc implant and a 350 cc implant after it is implanted. In general, people only notice volume differences of at least 50 cc.
Understanding Breast Implant Sizes
Here are a few guidelines to help you choose your Breast implant size.
- Determine your personal preference of implant size – This is done by looking at magazines and photographs in order to determine “how big” you want to be. You should find 3 photographs: “just right”, “too big”, and “too small.” You should bring these photographs with you so that your surgeon will have a sense of what you are looking for.
- As breast implants get larger, they also get wider – This concept is important in choosing a size breast implants that fits your body. If you are very small framed, then large breast implants may be too close to each other in the center or may protrude off the side of your chest. Your doctor will measure the width of your chest to determine you “base diameter.” This will help him guide you towards a size that fits your body shape and size. Breast implants are now available in several different shapes such as low projection and high projection and moderate profile implants. This gives you added ability to have an breast implants that fit your body.
- You may not be able to be as large as want – It is not possible to make a big jump in breast size in all women. This is because there may not be enough natural breast tissue (breast and skin) to allow for a very large increase in size. Your doctor will examine you to be sure, but size increases of more than 2 full cup sizes may not be safe. If you are an A cup, and desire to be a DD, this may not be possible in a single breast augmentation surgery. You may have to increase to a full C, than a few years later (after your tissue has stretched out) have the implants increased in size to a DD.
- Small volume differences may not be noticeable – Most people only notice volume changes of at least 50 cc, so if you cannot decide between a 330 cc implant and a 350 cc implant, so not stress because the difference will be difficult to tell once they are placed. When trying different sizes, you should increase and decrease by 50 cc volumes
- Larger implants are heavier – As an implant gets larger, it also gets heavier. This means that very large implants may result in shoulder and back pain, similar to the complaints of women requesting breast reduction surgery. Also, heavier implants may increase the likelihood of future breast sagging, or ptosis.
- Take your time – You should not feel rushed or pressured into choosing your implant size. Your surgeon should allow you time to “try on” the implants and examine yourself in clothing. It is best to try them with a simple, non-padded, non-push-up bra, and a tight t-shirt. This will give you the best idea about your post-operative result. Many surgeons will also allow you to borrow the sample implants so that you can see how you feel about the size of the implants over a few days. I routinely tell my patients to wear the implants for a few days, go out to dinner, visit friends, or wear them to work – this is the best way to determine how you feel about the size.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Breast Implant Sizes
Choosing the right breast implant size is a highly individualized decision that should take into account the personal preferences and lifestyle considerations of the patient. It’s essential to understand that what may be the ideal size for one person may not be suitable for another, as each patient has unique aesthetic goals and lifestyle requirements. Here’s why personal preferences and lifestyle considerations are crucial in determining the appropriate breast implant size:
Every person has their own aesthetic goals and desires when it comes to breast augmentation surgery. Some may prefer a more natural look, while others may desire a more dramatic or voluptuous appearance. The desired breast size should align with the patient’s personal aesthetic goals, and the implant size should be chosen accordingly. A patient who prefers a subtle enhancement may opt for a smaller implant size, while a patient who wants a more prominent change may choose a larger size.
The patient’s existing body proportions, including their height, weight, chest width, and breast base diameter, should be considered when choosing the right breast implant size. The goal is to achieve a balanced and harmonious appearance that complements the patient’s overall body shape. For instance, a petite patient with a narrow chest may require smaller implants to avoid an overly unnatural look, while a patient with a broader frame may need larger implants to achieve the desired proportion.
The patient’s lifestyle and daily activities should also be taken into account when selecting the breast implant size. For example, a patient with an active lifestyle may prefer smaller implants that do not hinder their physical activities or cause discomfort during exercise. On the other hand, a patient with a more sedentary lifestyle may be comfortable with larger implants. Additionally, the patient’s profession, fashion preferences, and social activities may also impact their choice of breast implant size.
Breast augmentation can have a significant impact on a patient’s self-confidence and body image. Therefore, it’s crucial to consider the psychological well-being of the patient when choosing the right breast implant size. It’s important for the patient to feel comfortable and confident with their decision, as it can affect their overall satisfaction with the results of the procedure.
Breast implants are not permanent and may require replacement or revision in the future. Considering long-term factors, such as potential aging, weight changes, and future pregnancies, is crucial in determining the appropriate breast implant size. Choosing an implant size that aligns with long-term considerations can help minimize the need for revision surgery or further adjustments in the future.
The personal preferences and lifestyle considerations of each patient are crucial factors in determining the appropriate implant size. It is imperative for patients to openly communicate their aesthetic goals, lifestyle requirements, and personal preferences with their board-certified plastic surgeons.
This ensures that the breast augmentation procedure aligns with their expectations, resulting in a successful outcome that enhances their overall well-being. Open and honest communication with the surgeon is key to achieving the desired breast size and appearance, tailored to the patient’s individual needs and preferences.
Questions and Answers
What is the ideal breast implant size?
The ideal breast implant shape and size is one that matches the diameter of the natural breast or is slightly smaller/narrower. If the breast implant diameter is wider than the breast, it may cause the implant outline to be visible, which is not desired. Therefore, it’s important to choose an implant size that aligns with the patient’s natural breast width to achieve a more natural and aesthetically pleasing result. This consideration helps to ensure that the implant blends seamlessly with the patient’s existing breast tissue, creating a harmonious and balanced appearance. Consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon can provide expert guidance in determining the appropriate implant size based on the patient’s unique anatomy and desired outcome.
What is the most common implant cup size?
In the United States, breast implants are available in a wide range of sizes, typically ranging from 100cc to 800cc, with the most common sizes falling within the 300cc to 400cc range.
What is the average size breast implant?
The typical implant size commonly falls within the range of 300 to 360 cc, which is often sufficient to achieve a fuller shape without appearing overly dramatic on most women’s frames. This size range is often chosen to provide a natural-looking enhancement that complements the patient’s existing breast tissue and body proportions.
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