When planning for your breast augmentation, choosing the best implant size can be the most challenging part of your decision. Women generally think of the size of breasts by the cup size.  However, implants are measured in cubic centimeters and have nothing to do with cup size, which can be confusing at first. But selecting an implant size doesn’t have to be stressful.

Clear communication with Dr. Alderman about your desired results is the most crucial part of ensuring optimal outcomes from your breast augmentation surgery.  Knowing how to convey what you want will help relieve anxiety you might feel about the procedure. As a recognized expert in breast surgery, Dr. Alderman walks you through the process of matching your desired results to the right implant size. After having performed countless breast augmentation surgeries, Dr. Alderman has noticed that patients aim for the for the following:

“The vast majority of my breast augmentation and reduction patients are looking for a ‘C’ cup.  To me, that means that they want their breasts to be in proportion with their body.  However, I have learned over the years that patient’s version of a ‘C’ cup can vary dramatically! I love it when a patient brings me her ‘fantasy’ photos so that I can better understand her desired outcome. “

Breast implant sizes are available from 100 to 1,000 cubic centimeters. The most common sizes range from 300 to 400 cc. With so many breast implant sizes, finding the right one might seem tricky, but we’re here to help.

In this post, we demystify implant sizes and provide you with a guide to the different methods you can use to find the perfect fit for you. This way, you’ll have a better idea what to expect and the questions you need to ask during consultations and throughout treatment plan development.

Ways to Choose Your Breast Implant Size

Most women want their breasts to look and feel natural after augmentation. However, what may look perfect to you could seem unsatisfying to a different patient, and vice versa. Visual aids are the best way to define what your standards are for natural-looking breasts or to identify a specific look you want to achieve. You have a choice of several visual aids:

  • Photos: Pictures are one of the easiest ways to show Dr. Alderman what you like and don’t like. Bring in your own photos to share, but also look through our before-and-after photo gallery for pictures of patients whose body type is similar to yours and who have ended up with results that match to what you’re hoping to achieve.
  • Cup size: Referencing a bra cup size can be a starting point for you but keep in mind there is no parallel between your desired cup size and the size of your implants. Cup size can vary, and the result you’re pursuing may not even be the cup size you were expecting it to be. It’s also important to point out you won’t be able to jump from an A cup to a DD cup in one surgery. Your body and skin need time to adjust, so if you’re aiming for a major size increase, it’s best to increase your implant size gradually over the course of a few years.
  • Breast implant sizing: Fill plastic bags with measuring cups full of rice – one cup of uncooked rice measures about 235 ccs. Wear this bag in your bra to visualize how different implant sizes would alter your appearance or fit under your clothes. After wearing the bags in your bra, you will have a better idea of what size will suit you perfectly.

Finding the Best Implant Size for You

When you decide to get breast augmentation surgery, it’s vital to maintain realistic goals for outcomes. Bigger does not necessarily equal better if you select an implant size that is not well-proportioned for your body type. Women with a larger frame can easily carry larger, heavier breasts, while a petite patient who gets large breast implants may suffer from back pain and poor posture and opt for a reduction surgery or breast lift in the future.

If you choose an implant that is smaller than your ideal size, your results may not be what you expected, and you may be left with a profile that is not as perky as you hoped.

Childbearing and breastfeeding are other deciding factors for women who are choosing breast implant sizes. If you are planning to have children, you may want to delay your breast augmentation surgery, as pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause significant changes in the size of your breasts and skin elasticity.

Dr. Alderman is experienced in working with patients and helping them find the right breast implant size and shape. However, the ultimate decision on sizing will be yours. There are no right or wrong breast implant sizes. Your attitude and approach to embracing augmentation surgery will help you decide the right implant size for you. Ultimately, your breast enhancement procedure is an investment in you and your self-confidence, so approach it with a positive mindset, and you will be sure to love your results.