Breast Implant Sizes

Choosing to undergo breast augmentation is a major step. However, once you've decided to pursue the initial surgery, there are still plenty of choices to be made. One of these choices is the size of the breast implant. Because implants come in different materials and are measured in cubic centimeters, or ccs, choosing the right size is significantly more complicated than selecting a cup size. While discussing your thoughts on sizing with your doctor is important, being generally informed about breast implant sizing can help you make the right decision. Below are some general considerations for reviewing breast implant sizes and choosing the right one for you. 

First, Decide on Your Material

While this consideration is not directly connected to choosing an implant size, choosing your material is an important first step that can help you narrow down your size choices. And since certain types of implants project more than others, picking your material type first lets you decide which before and after pictures to look at. For instance, saline implants will generally look different than silicone ones. Since many factors go into this choice, it's important to discuss your thoughts on material types with Dr. Feagin or Dr. Owen.

Know How Breast Implants are Sized

Once you've chosen your material, you can move on to choosing your size. As noted above, breast implants are measured by volume, in ccs. There are 30 ccs per ounce. Breast implant sizing charts include sizing by volume, but many also mention the diameter of the implant and the projection, or how much it sticks out. 

Choosing the right size is somewhat complex. Some people who go into breast augmentation always believe that bigger is better. However, certain breast implant sizes work better on certain body types, and this is where a doctor's expertise comes in. Since Dr. Feagin and Dr. Owen have performed many of these surgeries, they can help guide you in terms of what diameter, projection, and overall size works best on your physique.

Try Them On

Your doctor can give you some general guidelines as to what breast implant sizes are most likely to give you good results. However, because you are the one changing your body, it's vitally important that you choose a size you are comfortable with. Depending on the implant size and type, there may be office samples available for you to try on. While placing an implement under a bra may not be exactly like a surgically-placed implant, they can help give you a general idea of what that particular implant size might look like on you. 

Of course, most offices don't have samples of all implant sizes on hand. If this is the case, you can make your own rough stand-ins for implants. To do this, you'll need a measuring cup, uncooked rice, and hose you don't mind cutting up. You then can measure out rice in the volume of the implant size you are considering. 

Then, by filling up the hose with the rice any topping it off, you have an approximation of the size of implant you're considering. You can try these approximate models on just as you would those in an office. 

Look at Before and After Pictures

Before and after pictures can be an excellent way to see how women with similar body types to you look after having implants placed. If the pictures note what size implant was used (as the ones below do), they may help you make a decision about what size to choose. 

In short, although choosing the right size can be a daunting task, there are plenty of tools you can use to assist in your decision. As always, being honest about your expectations for the surgery can help Dr. Feagin and Dr. Owen fully understand what results you would like to achieve.

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