If you are considering breast implants, often known as a breast augmentation procedure, you might feel overwhelmed at the idea of choosing the right implant size for your body. Add in the variety of breast implant types and breast implant shapes, and picking the right one for you can seem tricky.
At your pre-operative consultation with Dr. Ortiz, you will be able to see, feel, and try on different implant sizes and shapes to help you make your decision. In the meantime, here are a few things to consider before your consultation.
How to Choose the Right Breast Implant Size
Implant Size is Not the Same as Cup Size
While Dr. Ortiz can make recommendations about what implant size will get you to a certain cup size, implants are measured differently than bra cups. Implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc) and for every 150-200 ccs, you can expect to go up one or one and a half cup sizes. This varies based on your body’s measurements and the brand of bra that you wear. (Cup sizes aren’t always consistent among brands. What is a 36C in one brand could be a 34D in another!)
Most implants fall in the 300cc – 400cc range but implants from 100cc – 800cc are available in the US.
Take Your Frame Into Account
Most women want their implants to look natural. The key to natural-looking implants is choosing a size that fits your frame. A short, petite woman can achieve a full, natural look with a smaller implant size than a taller woman with a larger frame.
Choosing a size that compliments your frame can also save you from back and shoulder pain linked to breasts that are too large.
Consider Your Lifestyle
In addition to your body type and frame, you’ll want to consider your lifestyle. Think about how active you are. While it’s possible to continue playing sports, running, or exercising heavily with larger breast implants, it might not be as easy or as comfortable as it would be with smaller implants.
You should also take your personal style into account. Augmentation will affect the way your tops, dresses, and swimsuits fit. If you like to go without a bra or enjoy wearing tops and dresses that make it difficult to wear a bra, smaller implants are likely the best choice. If you prefer dresses or tops that require bigger breasts to fill them out, you might be more comfortable with larger implants.
Another lifestyle factor to consider is how comfortable you are with people taking note of your new figure. If you’d like to keep the fact that you have had a breast augmentation under the radar, a smaller size is the best choice. If you’re comfortable with people noticing your increased breast size, you’ll probably be able to go a little larger.
Think About the Future
Most breast implants last 10-20 years before they need to be replaced. When choosing your breast implant size, think about your life in 5, 10, or 20 years. Do you think your implants will still fit your lifestyle?
Learn More About Breast Implant Sizes When You Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Ortiz
At your consultation, Dr. Ortiz will discuss which breast implant size will fit your frame and help you get the figure you’ve always dreamed of. Call us at (919) 532-2270 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your first appointment today!