Choosing the Right Breast Implant Size

The decision to have a breast augmentation in Beverly Hills is highly personal. It isn’t just a financial investment. It’s an investment in yourself and your relationship to your body. As a result, it is practically impossible to mathematically determine the perfect implant size for any given woman. There are so many factors involved in choosing the right breast implant size.

Choosing the Right Breast Implant Size

Your height, shoulder width, and other existing proportions are relatively easy to quantify. Still, it can be harder to break down your physical activity and relative muscle mass into an easily applied formula. Even if you could punch those numbers into a machine, you would find that your own personal preferences would almost certainly alter your choice of breast implant size.

Considering Preference

Our definition of what makes breasts look natural is entirely subjective. Some women simply prefer a larger, rounder breast, and that is their prerogative. This means that your plastic surgeon at Gabbay Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills will be able to suggest possible implant sizes based on their experience with other patients. Still, their suggestions may not match your expectations.

Your surgeon understands this, so don’t hesitate to let them know if you want something different. There are health considerations that will prevent too large of a size, but you can compromise to find a breast implant that is right for you by trying on a few specialized bras to get a sense of the size of the implants.

Understanding Sizing

We have a rough idea of what different cup sizes look like depending on the manufacturer, but breast implants aren’t labeled by the increase in cup size. Instead they are measured in cubic centimeters (cc). Breast implant sizes generally range from 200 to 600 cc, but there are options outside of those parameters.

The increase in cup size will vary slightly based on your body build, but every 150cc to 200cc equates to about a cup to a cup and a half. Once again, trying on specialized bras at your plastic surgeon’s office can really help to give you a more realistic idea of the implant’s size. Unfortunately, these bras are incapable of replicating the daily pressure of wearing the implants all of the time.

Considering the Physical Toll

For women who want a larger implant size, it is really important to understand the strain they could put on your body. Just like large breasts, large implants are heavy. Maintaining proper posture and performing basic physical activities will require your back and shoulders to work much harder. You see for every 100cc you add to each implant, you’re asking your body to support an extra half pound of weight.

An extra two or three pounds may not feel like a lot when you’re trying on sizes, but it can take a toll over a full day at work and home. Therefore, women interested in larger implants should consider strengthening the muscles in their shoulders and back prior to surgery. Without the added support, they could face chronic back pain and a hunched posture, so if your plastic surgeon suggests a smaller implant, consider their advice carefully.

Making the Final Decision

When you’re ready to decide on the size of your implants, take some time to mull over your surgeon’s suggestions and your own experiences. Ask yourself how small you can go and still be happy with your results. Are you struggling to come to a conclusion? Then ask your surgeon to show you post-surgical photographs of women with a similar body type to yours. This will allow you to compare different aesthetic choices and determine what fits your goals best.

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