Breast Implants: How to Choose the Right Size
If you’re considering getting breast implants, one of the many decisions you will need to make is which size is right for you. While it’s fun to fantasize about what you will look like after having breast augmentation, and while the implant shopping process is a fun one, it also requires a little preparation. In this post, Dr. Johns helps break this process down with a few areas of consideration.
Think Cubic Centimeters, Not Cup Size
Breast implant sizes are measured in cubic centimeters (cc’s) and not cup sizes. Cubic centimeters is a metric volume measurement that defines the capacity of a breast implant. Silicone and saline implants range from 120cc to 850cc. Although this measurement is more accurate than cup sizes, it may be helpful to have in mind what cup size you would like so that your doctor has a closer idea of what size you are looking for. From that point, you can both decide on a measurement that is more accurate.
Base it on Body Frame and Proportion
Women who take their body frame and proportions into account have a better chance of picking implants that suit their body. Petite women, women who have narrower frames and slimmer women may do better with a smaller implant than taller women and women with larger frames. Aside from the aesthetics of having breast implants in proportion to the rest of your body, you should also question whether your smaller frame could support larger, heavier breasts without back and shoulder problems. On the flip side, do you think someday you will regret not getting larger implants?
Answer This: How Do You Want to Look?
Remember: Your body, your breasts. It is important to make a decision on implant size that is not based solely on what your significant other, your best friend or anyone else thinks. You will be the one living with the implants and so your desire trumps all other opinions. So think about why you are getting implants in the first place: do you want a subtle difference in size? Are you looking for a curvier, sexier physique? Do you just want to even out your proportions to help you look better in clothes? All of these questions are good to answer in order to pinpoint the look you want to achieve from breast augmentation surgery, which will have a bearing on the implant size you choose.
Take Your Lifestyle into Consideration
Avoid getting so caught up in the projected look of new breasts that you fail to take into consideration their effect on your functionality. For example, if you are a marathon runner, will too-large breasts prove cumbersome while running? If you are a swimmer, are you prepared for the added buoyancy and resistance of breast implants while moving through water? While these are not serious issues for most women, larger implants may have a greater effect for women who perform these exercises competitively or who include them as part of their daily routine.
Consult with Your Plastic Surgeon
If you need help choosing a breast implant size that suits your body as well as your desires in equal measure, talk to a plastic surgeon for help. Dr. Francis Johns is a board-certified plastic surgeon that has had years of experience helping women become happier with their breasts through the use of breast augmentation. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Johns, contact Artisan Plastic Surgery by calling 877-245-6467.