Nearly 2 million people a year receive some kind of cosmetic surgery procedure, and breast augmentation is the most popular. In fact, breast augmentations are currently on the rise, with more than 300,000 performed in 2017.
If you’ve been considering breast augmentation but aren’t sure how to choose the best breast implant size, keep reading.
Explained below is everything you need to know about how implants are measured and what you need to consider when choosing the right size for you.
First, it’s important to note that breast implants are not measured the same way that bras are.
Instead of being measured with a number and letter (34C, 42DD, etc.), breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc).
Sizes typically range from about 150cc to 775cc.
The conversion from cubic centimeters to cup size also varies based on several factors, including your current breast size, height, weight, and build.
Everyone is different, and two women with the same size implants could end up with very different results. That’s why it’s important to choose the size of implants that works best for you, rather than just going with the size that a worked for a friend.
For example, a woman with smaller breasts and broader shoulders might require 450cc implants to take her from an A cup to a C cup. A woman with more narrow shoulders and a greater amount of breast tissue would require much less for the same effect, though.
Of course, there is no one “right” size when it comes to choosing breast implants. There are a number of factors that you’ll need to take into account when making your decision.
If you want a breast augmentation but aren’t sure how to go about choosing the right size, asking yourself these questions can be helpful.
This is one of the most important questions you need to ask yourself when trying to determine the right size of implants for your needs.
Do you want your breasts to look more natural, or do you prefer a rounder, fuller look?
Do you want a dramatic change, or just a subtle lift and size boost?
There’s no wrong answer here. But, it’s important to ask these questions and think about what you specifically want. Try not to let friends or partners sway your decision — after all, you’re the one having the surgery here.
It’s also important to take your specific body shape into account. Remember, the size of the implants you’ll need varies a lot depending on your particular build.
Ask your surgeon what size of breast implants will work best for your height and weight. Your surgeon will also take into account the width of your shoulders and hips, as well as your current breast size and the amount of breast tissue you already have.
Depending on your proportions, your surgeon may recommend a larger or smaller size implant to help you achieve the specific look that appeals to you the most.
Personality also plays a significant role in choosing the best breast implant size. For example, if you are an introverted person who doesn’t like to receive a lot of attention, you may not want to opt for a very large implant size.
On the other hand, if you don’t mind extra attention and want people to notice the change, a larger implant will make more sense for you.
Again, it’s essential to think about what you want and need. Don’t let other people persuade you to get implants that are larger or smaller than what you’re comfortable with.
Lifestyle matters, too. What do you do work and for fun? Are you an active individual who does a lot of running, jumping, or physical labor.
If so, breast implants that are too large could get in the way of these activities and a small or medium size or implant would work better.
You’ll also need to take your recovery time into account. Generally speaking, the larger your implants, the longer your recovery time will be.
If you can’t afford to take a lot of time off work, or if you don’t want to take a break from exercise for several weeks, you may want to opt for a smaller implant. You’ll still have to take time off, of course. But, the recovery time will be lessened a bit if the implants are smaller.
The answers to these questions can get you a long way when it comes to figuring out the right breast implant size for your needs. But, sometimes, you need to actually see what different implants will look like to help you make your decision.
There are a couple different tools your surgeon can utilize to simplify this process.
Most plastic surgeons will have breast implant sizers available in their office. This will help you visualize how different sizes and types of implants will change your appearance and fit under your close.
The visual results from these sizers are quite accurate. However, it’s still important to take into account the fact that implants inside your body will look different than the sizers placed on the outside of your body.
Many surgeons also offer 3D computer simulations to make it even easier for you to visualize the results of your surgery.
As with the implant sizers, the results from the simulations are quite accurate. However, the computer cannot perfectly measure or take into account differences like breast tissue volume and elasticity that will affect your end result.
Now that you know how to choose the best breast implant size, are you ready to move forward with your breast implant surgery?
If you live in the Columbia or Lexington, South Carolina areas and want breast implants, contact us at Simmons Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.