Choosing the Right Size Implants
Breast augmentation can provide a woman with small or unevenly sized breasts a fuller, firmer, better-proportioned look through the placement of saline or silicone implants in the breast. Patients may elect to undergo breast augmentation for many different medical and aesthetic reasons, including balancing breast size, compensating for reduced breast mass after pregnancy or surgery and correcting a congenital breast defect. A breast augmentation procedure can allow patients to enjoy great-looking, natural-feeling breasts that are one or more cup sizes larger after the operation.
One of the major factors to determine prior to the surgery is what size implant to choose. Most women interested in having breast augmentation do so because they want to increase the size and overall volume of their breasts. But it is important to maintain a realistic expectation of what will be an appropriate size and projection based on that particular patient’s body type and amount of existing breast tissue. Oftentimes, revision breast augmentation procedures are performed because a woman chose too small or too large an implant for her initial surgery.
Implant Sizing Options
Breast implants are not measured in the same way as a bra size. Therefore, while a patient can tell their surgeon that they would like their augmentation to result in a 36D chest, the actual implants do not come in bra sizes. The doctor will have to use this information about a patient’s desires in combination with the type of implant selected, optimal placement and a range of other factors to determine what size implant will provide the patient with the breasts she is seeking. Showing the surgeon photos of other women with the breast size a patient is interested in can be very helpful.
Implants, whether saline or silicone filled, are measured by their volume in cubic centimeters, or cc’s. A larger implant will have a greater volume, which means a higher cc count. There are implant offerings anywhere from 120 cc’s all the way up to 850 cc’s. Those patients who are starting out at a smaller size naturally may need a higher volume of cc’s to increase their breast size than a woman with larger natural breasts may require.
However, not every sizing option will look appropriate on every woman’s body. Plus, other factors come into play such as whether the patient wants a natural appearance with an increase of one cup size or she would prefer a more substantial augmentation. The placement of the implant and the amount of space between the breasts naturally will affect the outcome as well. Ultimately, the decision on what size to choose comes down to working within the constraints of what will work best for a patient’s unique body while taking into consideration her specific goals for the surgery.
Profile Affects Size
The profile of the implant is another aspect that may affect the number of cc’s required to help the patient obtain the appearance she desires. The profile refers to the amount of projection that the implant will offer a woman’s breasts. A low profile might be best suited to those patients who do not want their augmented breasts to project too far out from the body. A moderate profile implant provides more projection than a low profile option. The moderate implant can fill out the breast nicely and provide volume. A high profile implant offers a greater amount of projection. This can allow for a woman with less breast tissue to have a relatively small implant yet still obtain a fuller shaped breast. The implant size that is being considered should be determined hand in hand with the profile in order to maximize the patient’s satisfaction.