One of our most frequently asked questions is how to choose the best breast implant size by our breast augmentation patients.
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Breast implants are measured by exact volume in cubic centimeters (cc’s), so while a cup size might give you a ballpark range of the overall breast size you are trying to achieve, they will not help you choose a specific breast implant size. In addition, bra cup sizes can vary wildly from retailer to retailer. What a cup size can do, however, is point your plastic surgeon in the right direction in terms of the overall look you are going for with your breast augmentation procedure.
Right Breast Implant Size For You: How to Choose
A great place to start your journey to understanding the types of breast augmentation. There are two main ways we achieve the breast augmentation results:
- Fat Grafting
- Implant Augmentation
If you’d like implants, you can choose from silicone, saline, and Ideal implants. We encourage you to come in for a consultation so you can feel each type and discuss the differences with one of the doctors to ensure you make the best choice for you and your lifestyle.
There is a slight variation in size availability for saline and silicone breast implants, however, in general, breast implant volumes range from about 120cc to 800cc.
In choosing an implant size, it also helps to remember that your skin must stretch to accommodate the implants you choose, so if you have poor skin elasticity or are prone to stretch marks, your cosmetic results may be best if you choose implants that will not put undue stress on your skin.
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Breast Implant Profiles
The implant profile affects the projection of your breast implants, and although they are not directly related to the implant size, it can affect how large or natural your breasts appear. Breast implants come in five different profiles: low, low plus, moderate, full, and extra full projections. The greater the profile of your breast implant, the greater the height of your breast side wall.
Many patients looking for bigger cleavage are less concerned that their implants look natural, and choose higher, fuller profile implants, as do patients with very narrow breasts.
Choosing a Breast Implant Size in Bethesda: Tools to Help Visualize Your Results
Implant sizing is helpful to some patients as they struggle to imagine how they would look with larger breasts. There are many tools Bruno|Brown Plastic Surgery can provide you with to help you visualize how different breast implant sizes would look after surgery, and, while none can offer an exact representation, they can still give you a general idea of the look and proportions different implants would create.
Our sizing kit allows us to determine the overall desired volume and an approximation of how you will look after surgery. We do our sizing with a fitted t-shirt to see a general idea of the effect breast implants would have.
A measuring tape can also be a great help. Having your surgeon take measurements of your chest wall dimensions will help you get a better understanding of your existing body proportions and how they would change with different breast implants. Your surgeon will provide you with appropriate context and a brief anatomy lesson during this stage of the decision-making process.
One of the best resources available to patients choosing a breast implant size is their surgeon’s breast augmentation before and after images. Looking at before and after photos of other patients who share a similar build, existing breast size, and desired breast size can provide some of the most useful direction to women considering implants. Review as many before and after photos as possible as you make your decision.
Input From Your Bethesda Plastic Surgeons
Drs. Bruno and Brown will be with you throughout the process of choosing the best breast implants for you and your lifestyle, however, the decisions about your implants will ultimately rest with you. Be sure to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who makes you feel comfortable asking questions and gathering all of the information you need to make an informed choice. Bruno|Brown Plastic Surgery has spent many years helping women in Chevy Chase, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. choose their breast implants and can offer you invaluable input, helping you feel confident in your decision and ensuring your expectations are met.
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