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Size

How Big (or Small) Should I Go?

Dr. Loftus feels that getting the size right isn't just important, it is critical. On this page, she will share some important insights on size selection.

Deciding upon the right implant size can be the most challenging part of planning for this operation. This is because cup size is not standardized. It varies among bra manufacturers and also among a single manufacturer’s products. For example, the cup of a 32C bra is smaller than the cup of a 34C bra, when made by the same company, even though both are "C" cups. However, a 32C made by one bra manufacturer may be larger than a 32D made by another company. This can be very confusing. So telling your surgeon which cup size you desire may be of limited help. Some surgeons may ask your desired cup size to get a general idea of your goals. Do not misinterpret this as a guarantee of final size.

Typically, implant sizes range from 6 to 21 fluid ounces, or 200-700 ml, although larger and smaller implants are available. As the volume of the implant increases, so does its diameter and projection. See this printable pdf file for details about implant size, diameter, and projection for both saline and silicone implants. This file shows details about saline and silicone implants made by one of the major implant manufacturers. All manufacturers make implants which are similar in specifications to these, although some variations do exist.


Letting Your Surgeon Decide Size: Is It Really a Good Idea?

There are few advantages to letting your surgeon select size. The main advantage being that your plastic surgeon can use your measurements to select implants that are proportionate to your body. The disadvantages are that you might instead want to be either larger than or smaller than what your plastic surgeon considers proportionate. Plus, some women’s breast diameters are not proportionate to the rest of their bodies, which creates another opportunity for getting the size wrong. Finally, some plastic surgeons tend to make all of their patients a size the plastic surgeon feels is aesthetic, without consideration that not all women share the same ideas for breast aesthetics.

Alternatively, selecting a size yourself can be a daunting task, as you most likely have never done this before. Perhaps the best option is for you to have an idea of the size you want to be (in mls, not cup size) and then let your plastic surgeon guide you within that range. Your input is needed, as I have observed that (for example) multiple women with similar bodies and breasts may all select different sizes, and will all be pleased with their selections, even though they all selected different sizes.

Communication is critical. The more honest you are with yourself and your plastic surgeon regarding your desired size, the more likely you will be pleased with your result. But remember, final breast size and cup size cannot be guaranteed.


Adjustable Implants

Because of the difficulty in selecting implant size, some surgeons use adjustable saline implants. Adjustable implants have a small port (for adding or removing saline) that is placed under the skin near the breast. After surgery, your surgeon can easily and painlessly add or remove saline from your implants. The disadvantages are numerous. Your desired size may still not be achieved. Your surgeon will have at most a 50 ml leeway in adjusting the volume. Adding or removing 50 ml only alters breast size by about 3 tablespoons. So you and your surgeon must still identify an implant size that is close to your desired size. Other disadvantages are that this is only an option with saline implants, and you will eventually require another operation to remove your ports. Because of these disadvantages, most surgeons do not use adjustable implants.


More Info on Implant Size Selection

Dr. Loftus has very detailed opinions on the issue of implant size, as she feels that size is among the most important decisions you will make. Be absolutely sure to visit her blog called Size Matters to get her insight on this important issue. Watch our video about choosing implant size. Of course, you will want to look at some Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos, too.

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About Dr. Loftus


Dr. Loftus is a female plastic surgeon who is considered a national authority on plastic surgery, having appeared on numerous talk shows as an expert. Her book has become a best-selling book on plastic surgery and has earned her the reputation as a vocal advocate of patient safety, satisfaction, and education in plastic surgery. No wonder her patients have such great things to say about her…
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2139 Auburn Avenue, Suite 201
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