Is Bigger Better? Your Guide to Breast Implant Sizes

When considering breast augmentation, choosing the size of implants requires more complex thinking than just “bigger is better.” Most women who opt for a breast augmentation actually don’t want (or need) the largest size of implants possible. Instead, it depends on the woman’s aesthetic goals. Expert surgeons recommend a breast size that is proportionate to the woman’s body.

During the initial consultation with the plastic surgeon, the patient will discuss her goals and expectations for the breast augmentation procedure. The surgeon will then assess the patient’s figure and breast tissue to suggest a size that will provide balanced results. Ultimately however, choosing the breast implant size should be personalized for the patient. It is important to pick the final size based on what the patient truly wants, and not what others think is best for her.

If you’re thinking of getting your own breast implants soon, here is a simple guide to help you select the best size for you:

Determine Your Goal

Most women who go to the clinic for breast augmentation already have a goal in mind. In order for you to pick the right breast implant size, you must first settle on your own goals. Do you want a dramatic change? Or do you want to have larger breasts that look natural? Asking yourself these questions will help you decide what implant size is best for your breast augmentation.

Your Body Type

Women have different body types. Some are petite, while others are taller or curvier. To choose the right implant size, it is important to consider your body type. Petite women are generally recommended to choose implants in the lower range, since bigger implants may not be proportional with their smaller figures. Taller women typically get larger implants because they look more proportionate to their bodies.

Measurements in CC

When choosing an implant size, you should know that sizes come in cc and not in cup sizes. Bra measurements are not reliable because they vary depending on the manufacturer. It is the same reason why breast implants come in ccs, which stands for cubic centimeters. To avoid confusion, stick to using cc when referring to the volume of implants.

Rice Test

A rice test can be truly helpful when communicating your aesthetic goals to your surgeon. You can do it by filling two sandwich bags with rice and placing them inside a bra that’s approximately the size you want for your new breasts. The next step is to modify the amount of rice in each bag by filling the bags carefully until it reaches the size of breasts you desire. Empty the bag into a measuring cup, and then you can convert the measurement into a volume using the measurements below.

1 cup     =             236 cc

½ cup    =             118 cc

¾ cup    =             177 cc

2/3 cup =             156 cc

1/3 cup =             78 cc

¼ cup    =             59 cc

1/8 cup =             30 cc


Let Us Help You Choose the Best Breast Implant Size for You

If you’re still uncertain about the right implant size for you, our highly trained medical staff is happy to help you with your decision. Contact us today, and we’ll help you pick the breast size that is most suitable for you.