When it comes to choosing your breast implant size, the first thing to remember is that all bodies are different. Some women are taller or shorter than others. Chest sizes vary.
Some women have longer torsos and shorter legs. Others have longer legs and shorter torsos. Shoulder widths vary … and the list goes on.
Because of all this, it’s often more important to consider other qualities of a breast implant type instead of just looking at size.
While size does ultimately matter, other factors like base width, projection, and fill type will also influence the way your breast augmentation results look in the end.
If you are planning a breast augmentation in Houston, you probably have loads of questions about how to determine the best size for you. You might be wondering “what size implants should I get?” Below, we’ll take a look at the top considerations to make regarding implant size.
What Breast Implant Size Should You Get?
Before we get into the details, let’s first discuss choosing the right breast implant size.
How Are Breast Implants Sized?
Breast implants are sized by cc’s (cubic centimeters). One cc equals roughly 0.3 ounces. It’s important to note that breast implant size is not the same as cup size.
What Are the Most Common Breast Implant Sizes?
The most commonly used breast implants in breast augmentation range in size from around 200cc to 400cc. However, breast implant sizes can be as small as 100cc or as large as 850cc — sometimes bigger.
Breast Implant Size Considerations
It’s important to be careful and work closely with your board certified plastic surgeon to choose the right breast implant size for your breast implant surgery. Here are some questions to consider as you think about the optimal breast implant size for your body and preferences.
1. What’s your body frame?
If you’re after natural-looking breasts with implants, the best thing you can do is consider your body frame. Everyone has a different body frame, and you naturally want an implant and breast size that is going to complement yours.
If you are tall with broad shoulders, a larger implant is going to look more natural on you. If you are petite, you’ll probably want smaller breast implants. It is also important to consider implant shape and how this will factor into what you are looking for.
2. How broad is your chest?
The chest wall will have a lot to do with how big your breast implants are. Dr. Steinberg will measure this and other parts of your body as you discuss optimal implant sizes at your consultation appointment.
What we’re considering when looking at the chest wall is how big the base of the implant should be. In other words, if you were to lay an implant on the table, what would the diameter be?
A larger diameter means a larger breast implant base, and this generally looks better on someone with a broader (wider) chest wall.
Petite and slender women with a smaller chest wall generally need a smaller base with their implants. Otherwise, the edge of the implants would end up in the armpit areas, which isn’t a good look on anyone.
3. What’s your lifestyle?
Nearly everything about your body and much about your lifestyle will be affected by having breast implants. For example, if you regularly play sports or exercise vigorously, this is something to consider.
That’s because, in some cases, it can be uncomfortable to do these things with large implants.
How you dress will be affected as well. If you’re looking forward to wearing certain styles of dresses and tops, think about this as you choose your implants. Some women prefer to go without a bra, which is another consideration.
4. Do you have breast asymmetry?
Certain women are looking for a way to create more symmetry with breast implants.
Sometimes, after breastfeeding several children, for example, one breast may be slightly smaller than the other. Some women are even born with asymmetrical breasts.
If you would simply like to even out your breasts, consider whether you’d like to bring one up to the size of the other or have a breast reduction on the larger breast.
As a side note, in some cases, a breast lift may be a better solution for someone with asymmetrical breasts.
5. Are you trying to get back to a breast size you used to have?
Especially after having children, some women simply want to reclaim the size their breasts used to be. If this is the case for you, be sure to talk about your ideal bra cup size, and bring some pictures of yourself that you would like Dr. Steinberg to reference.
This is the easiest way for her to discern what is the most common breast implant size for you.
6. Are you okay with people noticing your breast size change?
After you heal, will you be okay with people coming up to you and asking if you’ve had breast augmentation?
Some women want to be able to augment the size of their breasts without anyone really knowing they’ve had a breast augmentation. Of course, there’s a fine line here.
You may want people to be able to see the improvement you’ve achieved with breast implants, but you also might not want your breast augmentation to be super-noticeable. This is something to think about as you consider how much larger you’d like your breasts to be.
7. Do you prefer saline or silicone implants?
Your plastic surgeon will tell you that there are pros and cons to both saline and silicone implants. Today’s silicone implants tend to be far safer than those from 10 years ago, for example. Likewise, silicone implants don’t attend to ripple as badly as some saline implants.
Of course, saline implants tend to be less expensive than their silicone counterparts. And, they also have the added benefit of making any leaks abundantly evident (they simply deflate, and it’s easily visible). Not to mention you can have breast implant explant revision surgery.
Ultimately, Dr. Steinberg can help you decide what’s best for you and your breast augmentation surgery.
8. How do you want your breasts to look 5, 10, or 20 years from now?
Lastly, consider how long you would like to have implants at a given size.
You may be comfortable thinking about yourself 20 years from now with the same sized breasts. On the other hand, some women don’t like the idea of having very large breasts as they age, so they decide to keep their changes more modest.
Questions and Answers
What is the standard size of implants?
In various classifications, implants ranging from 4 to 4.8mm in diameter are widely regarded as the optimal choice for a broad spectrum of medical applications, including cosmetic procedures. Conversely, implants exceeding 5.0mm in diameter are traditionally labeled as “thick.”
What is the most popular breast size?
Slightly more than half of surveyed women considered a C cup as the ideal size, with approximately 26 percent expressing a preference for a B cup. Nearly 2 percent indicated that an A cup was their favored breast proportion.
How much does the average breast implant cost?
The most recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons indicate that the mean expense for breast augmentation surgery is $4,516. It’s important to note that this average cost represents only a portion of the total expenditure, excluding additional expenses such as anesthesia, operating room facilities, and other related fees.
Book Your Consultation Today: Find your Implant Size
Would you like to learn more about what is the most common implant size? The absolute best way to make this decision is to speak directly with Dr. Ashley Steinberg.
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