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How to Choose the Right Implant Size

Breast Implant Size

When it comes to breasts, there’s no one-size-fits-all formula. Some women are perfectly happy with smaller breasts and wouldn’t dream of having larger ones. Other women tend to think the bigger the better.

When you’re considering breast augmentation, it can be difficult to determine what size is best for you.  In many ways, you won’t really know until months after the surgery if you’ve gone too small or too large. While there are no guarantees, there are a few things you can do to help you get the right implant size, the first time.

Try Them Out

One of the best ways to see if a particular implant size is the right option for you is to give that size a test ride. After your consultation, your plastic surgeon will give you a pair of implant sizers to slip into your bra, so that you can get a sense of how implants of a certain size will look and feel.

A great thing about implant sizers is that they give you an "in real life" idea of the way you’ll look with implants. You might want to bring along a few different styles of shirt, such as a work blouse, a low cut T-shirt, and a relaxed fit casual top, to get an idea of how your breasts will look under each style.

When trying on the sizers, don’t limit yourself to one size. It could be that the first size you try on is the one for you. But, it’s still worth it to try sizers that are one or two sizes smaller or larger than what you want, just to make sure you’ve chosen the right size.

Don’t just walk around in the implant sizers, try out any activities you’d being doing in your regular life, to see if they are comfortable. You might try sprinting up and down the hallway, for example, or doing a few yoga poses, to get a sense of whether or not implants of a certain size will interfere with your activities.

Finally, it helps to the opinion of a person you trust and who knows you well. Bring along a close friend and get her input about how the sizers look. She might agree that you’ve found the perfect size or let you know if she thinks they aren’t proportional to the rest of your body.

Forget About CC’s and Cup Size

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the numbers when you are thinking about implant sizers. For example, your friend might have gotten 350 cc implants and she might look fantastic. But, what works for one woman size-wise might not work for another. If your friend is larger or heavier than you, those 350 cc implants might be ideally proportioned to her body, but not to yours.

Some women focus on cup or bra size, as that’s often used as a guide for how big or small a person is. For example, it’s generally assumed an A cup is very small and a DD cup is quite large. Again, it’s about proportion. An A cup on a larger body looks smaller than an A cup on a small frame. DD cups might look too big on a petite woman, but perfectly proportional on a curvier woman.

It’s also worth noting that cup sizes aren’t standard. You might have found this to be true in your own life — you’re a 34C at Victoria’s Secret, but a 36C in Wacoal, for example.

Material Matters, Too

Size matters, but so does the material of the implant. While both silicone and saline implants are safe, they both produce slightly different results. Generally, silicone implants have a more natural and a softer feel than saline implants. They are also less likely to cause puckering or rippling of the skin when inserted. But, saline implants are typically filled after insertion, meaning the surgeon can make a smaller incision and can more precisely fill the implants. If you have asymmetrical breasts, saline implants might help you achieve better symmetry more easily than silicone.

You want to be happy with the results from your surgery the first time, so that you don’t have to undergo a repeat procedure to enlarge or reduce the size of your breasts. Trying implants out for size and knowing what you’re looking for will help.

So will working with one of Houston’s leading breast augmentation surgeons, Dr. Paul Vitenas. Dr. Vitenas performs more than 400 augmentation surgeries every year. To learn more about your options, call 281-484-0088 for a consultation today!