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Choosing The Right Breast Implant Size

What size do I want?

That’s the most common question patients ask, and it is also one of the hardest to answer. If you choose something too small or too big, then you most likely won’t be happy with the outcome of your breast augmentation surgery.

The overwhelming majority of our patients choose an implant size that improves their body contour, making it more proportionate. A harmonious balance is the key to achieving a natural-looking result, but how do you determine what size can do that for you?

Factors That You Should Examine To Help You Pick The Right Breast Implant Size

  1. 1. Lifestyle

    Are you into physically active and into sports? Larger breast implants could get in the way of your performance.

  2. 2. What is your natural body type?

    Are you full-figured and have a good amount of your own natural breast tissue? Bigger implants may create a better proportion as supported by your larger body frame. However, if you are naturally thin and have little of your own breast tissue, larger implants might increase your risk of developing undesirable side effects like stretchmarks and visible rippling. It will also make you look too “top heavy”. While you can still get larger implants if you’d like, you should be aware that there is more of a likelihood that these “telltale signs” of breast augmentation will occur.

  3. 3. Natural, or enhanced?

    Some patients prefer that their breasts look enhanced. These patients tend to choose a larger size.

Testing Sizes

The Rice Test

This is one of the easiest ways to see what implants size works best for you. Get a small bag constructed out of thinner plastic and without pointed corners. Fill it with as much uncooked rice grains as you’d like to achieve your desired size. Then squeeze out any air and seal it with tape, trying not to add unnecessary bulkiness. Place each baggie into the sports bra you’re wearing, patting them down a bit to “mold” them to the shape of your breasts. Once you’re sure you like what you see, take them out of your bra and pour the rice of one baggie into a measuring cup, and mark the amount.

Breast implant sizes are measured by cubic centimetres, more familiarly known as CCs. Here is a general idea of how many CCs there are at certain levels of the measuring cup.

1 cup = 236cc
1/2 cup = 118cc
3/4 cup = 177cc
1/4 cup = 59cc
1/3 cup = 78cc
2/3 cup = 156cc
1/8 cup = 30cc

Visualizers and Digital Imaging Software

If you aren’t a pro at photoshop, there are easy-to-use visualizers readily available. You can visit LoveYourLook.com, an official website by Mentor. Mentor is a leading breast implant manufacturer in North America. Their visualizer allows you to upload a photo of yourself and modify it according to a variety of breast implant types and sizes, then print out your results.

The other leading breast implant manufacturer is Allergan, who offers a “3-D simulator” on their Natrelle.com site. This allows you to see how different types and sizes look on a given model.

Please keep in mind that digital imaging software, like the Rice Test and any other size selection tool, is designed to give you a general idea of what your results might look like. You shouldn’t assume that the results of your test will be exactly how you’ll look like.

Talk to your Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr. Guirguis applies specific measurements based on your body contour to determine suitable breast implant sizes for you. It’s great to bring in a general idea of what size you’d like to be, but Dr. Guirguis can also help by choosing something that will achieve a proportionate result based on his years of experience as a cosmetic breast surgeon.

Book your private breast augmentation consultation to find out the best breast implant size for you. Call (705) 302-0142 to book your appointment.

More Information About Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation
Getting Ready For Your Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift
Choose the Right Bra After Your Breast Augmentation
Risks and Complications Associated With Breast Augmentation

Breast Implants

Choosing The Right Breast Implant Size
Round Breast Implants and Anatomical Breast Implants

More Information About Breast Lifts

Breast Lift
Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift


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