Breast augmentation—choosing the right breast implant size

Choosing the right breast implant size?
Breast Augmentation has become the most common plastic surgery procedure performed in the United States. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a total of 300,378 breast augmentations were performed in 2017 alone!
If you are one of the many patients thinking about getting breast augmentation, the first question is usually: What size should I get? The selection of the correct sized breast implant depends on a few things.

Implant Diameter
First, the diameter or width of the breast implant should closely match the width of your natural breast. This is a measurement that your surgeon should make. Keeping this relationship in mind will lead to the most natural breast augmentation. A narrow implant will not fill out the breast. Too wide an implant will push out from the normal footprint of the breast and may appear unnatural or cause complications.

Implant Volume
A common misconception is that breast implants are sized by bra cup size. In fact, implants are sized by their volume in cubic centimeters (cc). Conventional breast implants range in size from 120cc to 850cc. Using cup sizes can make things confusing since each country and bra maker have different ideas what one cup size is. But in general, for the average sized woman, 175-200cc will increase your breast one cup size. A much better way to determine the size you want is to discuss with your surgeon the look you want to achieve. When visiting the office for your consultation, there are sizing implants that you may try on to get a sense of how they look and feel.

The final measured part of the implant, after the width and volume, is the projection. Projection is how far from the chest the implant sticks out. Different model breast implants will have different projections. Choosing the projection depends on your anatomy, your desired look and cleavage, as well as the other measurements we have discussed.

While there are a few things to consider when selecting your implants, the process should be exciting. The ideal implant size is the one that makes you feel happy and confident in yourself!

We’re growing—please help us welcome Dr. Justin R. Fernandes

We are growing at Dr. Beverly Shafer’s Office: welcome Dr. Justin Fernandes

What an addition he is: Boston area native, completed his surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Lahey Clinic—and is excited to serve the North Shore.

He has a lot of interests: cosmetic surgery, body contouring, and breast reconstruction; non-invasive rejuvenation, microsurgery, and even facial transplantation.

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