How to Choose the Right Breast Implant Size
Choosing the right implant brand and size is one of the major decisions women have to make when prepping for a breast augmentation procedure. Implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and models to suit varying preferences. To find the right one, you have to integrate your goals and expectations, the surgeon’s advice, and your long term goals .
In this post, we explore key considerations for choosing a breast implant size, and additional tips that can make a difference.
Factors to consider when choosing the best implant size
Should I go for a C cup breast implant or a D cup size breast implant?
Where do I get a breast implant size calculator?
If you are asking these questions, then you are looking in the wrong place. Finding the best breast implant is more about looking into your body measurements, shape, and dearly-held expectations. Here are the 4 most important considerations that will help you find a size that clicks with your goals.
- Body measurements – bra cups are usually sized in A, B, C, and up. On the contrary, implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc). There’s no way to directly map a bra cup size to implant size. There is a rule of thumb though: for every 150 to 200 ccs of implant, your breasts will increase about one to one and a half sizes. Keep in mind though that not every patient’s body will be able to handle extra-large implants. So there are other factors that come into play. To start with, body type and width of natural breasts are important metrics that have to be factored in to find the ideal implant size.
- Body shape & frame – naturally – larger breasts weigh more. If you have a smaller frame, these can take a toll on your entire body. Selecting an implant that is too large in size can also lead to physical symptoms such as fatigue, as well as back and shoulder pain. You do not want to have a breast augmentation only to request a reduction later. Generally, high profile implants tend to work great for women with a small frame because they are narrower in width. Low volume options may be ideal for women with a larger frame and broad shoulders in order to create an even proportion.
- Lifestyle factors – the size of your breast implants needs to fit your lifestyle. Larger implants may not be ideal for women with physically demanding jobs, or athletes. Here’s why; the larger the implants, the more tiresome (and possibly painful) it is going to be while lifting weights, working, or running. Also, think about the kind of clothing (including swimsuit tops, bras, shirts, and dresses) that you wear. Is it going to be compatible with larger breast implant sizes?
- Your personality – are you the kind of person who likes to draw attention, or are you quiet and reserved? Illuminating your personality can help shed light on the best implant size for you. Keep in mind that the larger the implants, then the more attention you will draw. Maybe just a slight increase in size (enough to enhance your body contour) is all you need. Or maybe more is better for your needs.
What size breast implant? 4 important tips
- Bring a friend along – it is always a good idea to have a second opinion from someone that you trust. So make sure to bring your best friend along to your first consultation with the plastic surgeon. While the decision is yours and yours alone, they may say something that can broaden your perspective and help you make a more enlightened choice.
- Consider the long term – one of the worst mistakes you can make when choosing a breast implant is to think about the short term. Keep in mind that your implants will be in place for years (or even decades). You want to choose a size and shape you are sure will meet your long-term aesthetic goals. Think about how the choice you are making will impact your life over many years. Will you be happy 5 years down the line with what you are choosing today?
- Consult your board-certified plastic surgeon – breast augmentation Arizona specialist Dr. LaBarbera has a wealth of experience performing implant-based procedures. He has worked with countless women and can help you make the best implant choice. Your surgeon also wants the best for you and will give a recommendation that is well-informed.
- Be true to yourself – do not base your breast implant size based on an actress that you saw on TV. Their body – and perhaps their goals – may be very different from yours. Don’t base the choice on how one of your friends looks either. Go for a size that accurately represents your lifestyle and personality. Take into account all the factors and tips above and give yourself time to ponder and decide.
Choosing an implant size is a highly individualized affair. We are all distinct individuals with very different goals and preferences. You should never agree to undergo breast augmentation surgery if you are not confident that you will like the new size and shape of your breasts. If you have any doubts about the implants or the procedure itself, give yourself time so you can gain more clarity. Despite what your friends may recommend, or what your surgeon may say, you have the final say in the matter. If you have anymore questions on choosing the right breast implant size, please reach out to Jude LaBarbera MD Plastic Surgery of Phoenix.