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Navigating Your Options: How to Choose the Right Breast Implants

doctor showing breast implant options to patientBreast implant surgery is a personal and complex decision. Whether you are seeking implants to enhance your natural beauty or resolve a medical issue, one of the questions most frequently asked is, "What breast implant size is right for me?" 

There is no one-size-fits-all answer, so it is important to allow yourself time to identify your personal preferences and surgical goals. The answers to these questions are yours alone, but a supportive physician can provide the expertise and information needed to ensure long-term happiness with your breast implant surgery. 

At the Plastic Surgery Center, our board-certified plastic surgeons and compassionate staff are committed to providing you with the knowledge and confidence to determine which breast implant option is best for you. The information below can help start the conversation. 

3 Steps to Finding the Perfect Implant Size

  1. Consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. An experienced surgeon will explain all your options and provide personalized advice based on your body and goals.

  2. Focus on your desired image rather than cup size. Cup sizes vary a lot between brands. Instead, look at before-and-after photos of results you would like for yourself.

  3. Consider the implant characteristics below and discuss them with your surgeon. An expert can help pick an implant size that complements your body's natural proportions.

Key Factors That Impact Implant Size

Cubic Centimeters (cc) vs Cup Size: Your surgeon will talk about implant size in ccs rather than cup sizes. Roughly 150-200cc = 1 cup size increase.

Profile: The profile is how much the implant projects off your chest. The same cc implant will look different on wider vs. narrower breasts.

Breast Width: Your natural base breast width impacts the ideal implant width. A 300cc implant may look more projected on narrow breasts and less projected on wider breasts.

Breast Shape: Teardrop, round, smooth, textured - the implant shape can alter size perception. Your surgeon can recommend the best shape options for your goals.

Check out our breast size chart with examples to learn more about your options. 

Preparing for a Consultation and Sample Breast Fitting 

asian woman discussing breast implant procedure with nurseThe best way to visualize your perfect implant size is to schedule a consultation. During your initial visit, your surgeon can provide a computer rendering or sample fitting to showcase what a specific implant size will look like on your frame. This helps take the guesswork out of picking your ideal implant characteristics.

Clearly Communicate Your Preferences
It is important to express your desired outcome clearly to your surgeon. Discuss the size you envision, considering factors such as the proportion to your body frame, your lifestyle, and your personal preferences. Your surgeon will assess your body proportions, including your chest width, existing breast tissue, and body shape. Based on this, they will recommend implant sizes that would create a balanced and natural appearance. 

Consider Your Lifestyle and Activity Level
Your lifestyle and activity level may influence your decision. If you are involved in activities such as sports or weightlifting, you may want to choose a size that allows for ease of movement and does not hinder your active lifestyle. 

Your plastic surgeon will offer their professional opinion based on their experience and knowledge. They will consider your desires, body proportions, and potential risks or complications associated with larger implant sizes. It is important to listen to their advice and consider the pros and cons of different options.

Other Factors That May Influence Breast Size
Your anatomy, existing breast tissue, and chest wall shape may also impose certain limitations on the size of implants that can be used while maintaining a natural and proportionate look. Your surgeon will guide you on the appropriate range of sizes for your specific case.

After carefully considering all the factors, you can make an informed decision in collaboration with your surgeon. It is important to choose a size that aligns with your aesthetic goals, complements your body proportions, and provides the desired outcome while considering long-term satisfaction and potential lifestyle considerations.

Trusting yourself, relying on your surgeon’s expertise, and maintaining open communication throughout the process will help ensure you choose the right breast implant for you. 

To learn more about breast implant procedures or to schedule a consultation, visit the Plastic Surgery Center.