The Perfect Fit: Determining Your Breast Size
In theory, choosing the size of your implants should be pretty simple. All you have to do is decide on what bra cup size you want to be, and then easy peasy, right? Well, there’s a lot more involved than that. For one thing, bra cup sizes vary from brand to brand, so a cup size is actually pretty hard to accurately translate to a plastic surgeon. Other things to consider are the types of implants, your body type, and what type of lifestyle you lead.
Measurements, Measurements, Measurements
Here are few criteria used to help decide what size of implants are the right size:
- Chest Width
- Shoulder Width
- Hip Width
- Current Breast Volume
- Body Frame Size
Obviously, there’s a lot that goes into getting the perfect aesthetics for breast augmentation. You should also keep in mind the size of your actual breasts, because you need to pick implants that are smaller or the same size as the width of each breast. It’s also important that you consider the amount of tissue available from each breast, after all, there needs to be enough tissue and skin to cover the implants. Remember that there are three ways to measure implants: diameter, volume, and profile—and you need to find the right combination of the three that fits your body perfectly.
The Rice Test
Feel like doing a little experiment? One way to translate your desired breast size with the volume of breast implants is by using a bag of rice; basically, you fill a sandwich bag that’s been twist-tied and place it a sports bra you’re wearing. Fill the bag with as much rice as it takes until you get to a size you want, then measure the rice and find out approximately what volume of implants gets you similar results:
1 cup = 236cc
1/2 cup = 118cc
3/4 cup = 177cc
2/3 cup = 156cc
1/3 cup = 78cc
1/4 cup = 59cc
1/8 cup = 30cc
Bigger Is Better, Right?
Breast enhancement is all about increasing volume, improving the firmness of your breasts, and improving your cleavage. But everything in moderation; it’s not just about going big or going home. Keep in mind that big breasts can lead to things like back and neck pain, and it’s possible that a larger implant might hinder your movement. You want a breast size that you’ll be comfortable with for a very long time. Another thing to think about: if you’re an athlete or love to exercise, you should make sure that your new breasts don’t get in the way or make it difficult for you to be active.
Take Advantage of Technology
Our imaginations are great, but when in doubt, let technology help you visualize what your new implants will look like. CARE Plastic Surgery is one of the few practices that have 3D imaging technology that lets patients simulate what their new implants can look like. You can choose from different implant types, different sizes, and even different surgery techniques.