Breast Augmentation Sizes – What’s The Right Implant for Me?

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There are so many options for breast augmentation sizes. Your implants can be perfectly sized to even out your breasts and balance your figure. The key to getting beautiful, confidence-boosting results is to choose a size that fits your frame. Dr. Nadir Qazi and his team of plastic surgeons are experts at creating natural-looking results for all patients. 

How Does Breast Implant Sizing Work?

Natural breasts and bras are measured in cups with sizes ranging from AA to H. Breast implants are not measured in cup size, but in ccs (cubic centimeters). One cup size is usually between 150 and 200 ccs, depending on the fullness of the cup. For example, going from an A cup to a B cup requires 250 to 300 ccs of filling. Going from an A cup to a C cup is 300 to 350 ccs. When a patient is being fitted for breast implants, plastic surgeons usually take their height, natural shape, and body size into consideration.

Most patients know they want implants but are unsure what size would be right for them. The best way to choose an implant size is by having a breast implant consult at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic. Dr. Qazi and his team of plastic surgeons can help you determine the best size implant for your frame.

6 Things to Consider When Choosing Breast Augmentation Sizes

Every woman wants larger, fuller breasts. However, there is a point where the implant is just too big. Having oversized implants can lead to back pain, body image issues, and difficulty finding clothes that fit. The key to getting great implants is choosing the right size. Here are 6 things to consider when you pick your breast implant size

1. Your Height and Weight

For most bodies, the natural breasts are proportional to the woman’s body size. Petite women with narrow hips normally have small breasts to match. Women who are curvier or big boned often have larger breasts. This means that if a petite woman got large implants, they would not look very natural on her. Whereas the same size implants could work very well on a taller or curvier woman. 

Your height and weight is also important for the proportionality of your implants. If you are very petite and weigh under 100 pounds, then it is very easy for moderately sized implants to look large on you.

A great example of this is Dolly Parton, who is 5 feet tall.  Before her breast reduction, her cup size was a DD cup. Other celebrities with DD cups were Pamela Anderson (5’7”) during Baywatch, Jessica Simpson (5’3”), Christina Aguilera in 2008 (5’2”), and Tyra Banks (5’10”). The same size breasts look very different on women with different builds and different heights. If you are on the short side like Dolly Parton, implants will look larger on you than if you are 5’10” like Tyra Banks. 

2. Your Proportions

Height isn’t the only way to size your implants. The best breast implant size for your body is the size that balances your figure.

Women with wide hips and big butts often look better with larger implants than women who have narrower hips. Implants are also ideal for creating defined curves. Women with curvy hips may enjoy the shape of their hips, but may not like how their breasts don’t match the rest of them. Breast implants can look different on different builds, so you should examine before & after photos to get an idea of how you want to look.

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    3. Your Goals and Natural Build

    There are many reasons why women get breast implants. For some women, they’ve always wanted larger breasts. For others, they may have originally liked the size of their breasts, but have lost volume over time. When you breastfeed, start working out, or lose a lot of weight, your breasts can become smaller.

    If you want to rejuvenate your breasts and restore volume, you should use their original size as a starting point. This is a good way to gauge how your implants will look on you. Some women like to go a little bit bigger than their original natural size in order to feel more feminine. 

    4. The Width of Your Chest Wall

    This is a factor that not many women consider when thinking about breast implant sizing. It is not usually very noticeable, but everyone’s chest has a slightly different width. This is determined by your rib cage. The width of the chest wall is what determines the amount of cleavage on the chest. Women with large breasts and a smaller chest wall have more cleavage than women with smaller breasts and a wider chest wall. 

    When you have your consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic, a plastic surgeon will measure your chest wall. Based on this information, they can recommend a size of implant that will look the best on you. 

    5. The Placement of the Implant

    Implants can be placed either over the chest muscles or below the chest muscles. If you get implants under the muscle, you’ll have a longer recovery. However, implants look more natural with this placement, especially for women with very little natural breast tissue. When an implant is placed over the muscle, it will appear larger than if that same implant was put under the muscle. For this reason, some women are advised to go a little bigger if they want submuscular implants. 

    6. The Shape of the Implant

    You have 2 options for the shape of your implant: round or teardrop shaped. Both the traditional silicone and saline implant are round, which makes them ideal for a voluminous, perky look. Gummy bear implants are shaped like a teardrop, which makes them best for patients who want a natural look. Teardrop implants mimic the natural droop of the breast while round implants make the breasts defy gravity. 

    If you want large implants that also look natural, gummy bear implants may be your best option. Teardrop implants can look more natural than round implants of the same size.

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    What is the Most Popular Size for Breast Augmentation Now?

    The ideal size and shape for breast augmentation has changed significantly in the last 30 years. In the 90s and early 2000s, the goal was exclusively about size. Now, women value customization and want their results to look as natural as possible.

    The most popular size for breast augmentation is a C cup. Some women go for a smaller C cup, others go for a larger C cup. Many women want to be a C cup because it gives them nice volume and allows them to still find clothes that fit. The average amount of filling per implant is between 350 and 500 cc. 

    The Breast Augmentation Size Chart

    The amount of filling you will need to get to your desired size depends on the size of your natural breasts. When Dr. Qazi and his plastic surgeons determine the best implant size, this is the chart that they use:

    • A cup to a B cup is 250cc to 300cc. 
    • A cup to C cup is 300cc to 350cc.
    • A cup to D cup is 370cc to 430cc.
    • B cup to C cup is 250cc to 300cc.
    • B cup to D cup is 350cc to 400cc.
    • B cup to DD cup is 400cc to 450cc.
    • C cup to D cup is 300cc to 350cc.

    Generally, going up 1 cup size amounts to about 175cc per implant. However, there can be room for more or less filling depending on if you want a smaller C cup or a bigger C cup. The amount of filling also varies by the size of the natural breasts and if they are on the larger or smaller side of their cup size. It is also common for women to have slightly different implant sizes. Filling one implant more than the other is the best way to fix uneven breasts during the augmentation process.

    What is Considered a Large Breast Implant vs a Small Breast Implant?

    The Benefits of Small Breast Augmentation Sizes

    For the standard breast augmentation procedure, an implant would have between 350 and 500cc. If you get breast implants that have less than 250cc, it is considered a mini boob job. Most mini boob jobs involve implants that are sized between 150 and 200cc. Minis are ideal for athletes, petite women, and women who have always had a flat chest. The procedure has had increased popularity among lifestyle influencers, who want to still be relatable, but also look more feminine. 

    Mini breast implants don’t get as much media attention as the big ones, but there are many benefits to going smaller:

    • All your clothes and bras will fit the same, so there is no need to replace your entire wardrobe.
    • The results look more natural on petite women.
    • After a mini you can comfortably go braless or rock only pasties at a music festival.
    • Minis are a great way to feel more feminine, while still looking like you.
    • The recovery after a mini is shorter and easier than the recovery after standard breast augmentation.
    • Smaller implants do not disrupt the breast tissue as much as large ones, so there are fewer risks.
    • Smaller implants are not as likely to rupture as larger implants.

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      What is Considered a Large Breast Implant?

      Breast implant sizes go all the way up to 1200cc. However, it is very rare for women to get implants that large. A breast implant with 600cc to 700cc is considered a large implant. That is enough to take someone from an A cup to a DD, E, or F cup. 

      While larger implants are rare, it can be the right size choice for some women. One of the most important factors in choosing the right breast implant is your build. Women who are taller and larger than average often require larger implants to match their frame. It is also common for trans women to get slightly larger implants than cis women due to the fact that they are often a little taller. In a study of breast augmentation for trans women, the average implant size was 520cc. The women in the study had implant sizes ranging from 350cc to 700cc. 

      While large sized breast implants are not as popular as small ones, there are some benefits in going bigger:

      • Greater transformation.
      • A more striking profile.
      • Larger implants can help tall women feel more feminine.
      • Larger breasts are ideal for certain styles and cuts of dresses.
      • Having large breasts can help some women stand out in competitive industries like acting or modeling.
      • Outfits can be more fun with larger breasts.
      • Large breasts can help tall and curvy women feel more proportional.

      Breast Augmentation Sizes with Silicone and Saline Implants

      The age-old debate in plastic surgery is silicone vs saline for breast implants. Dr. Qazi and his team will tell you that saline implants are best for safety and silicone is best for feel. When it comes to size, the sizing for silicone, saline, and gummy bear implants is the same. 300cc in a saline implant will be the same as 300cc in a silicone implant. 

      The key factor for silicone vs saline implants is which type is best for which implant size. Silicone and gummy bear implants are pre-filled with gel that mimics natural breast tissue. This means that a larger incision is needed to place silicone implants. Plastic surgeons normally place silicone implants by making an incision at the crease of the breast. While this incision can be hidden and faded, it can still be visible to others.

      On the other hand, saline implants are placed in the chest and then filled up with a saline solution. Because of this, saline implants can be inserted in many ways that silicone implants cannot, like though the nipple, belly button, or armpit. These insertion methods reduce visible scarring. 

      Dr. Qazi and his team of plastic surgeons usually advise women to get saline implants if they want to go larger. The implants can be inserted and filled in place, leaving you with less risk of visible scars. 

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      What Breast Implant Size is Right for You?

      The best way to determine your perfect  implant size is to schedule a consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic. Dr. Qazi and his team of plastic surgeons are experts at sizing implants to match your figure and meet your goals. Our team specializes in natural-looking results. Whether you want a mini, a standard, or larger implants, come to Qazi Cosmetic Clinic in Newport Beach. 

      By: Dr. Nadir Qazi

      Dr. Nadir Qazi is a board certified physician specializing in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and an instructor for advanced injections and laser techniques.

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