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Breast Implant Sizing: Cup Size and Expectations

Breast Implant Sizing: Cup Size and Expectations

When many women visit their cosmetic surgeon for a consultation to receive breast augmentation surgery they refer to the cup size to describe how much larger they want their breasts to be. While this will certainly help to guide the surgeon there are many other factors that contribute to a result that will exceed expectation and this includes symmetry, shape and balance. Besides, breast cup sizes are not standardized, and what is considered a C for one manufacturer may only be a B in another.

Cosmetic surgeons deal with sizing in cc’s, which stands for cubic centimetres. This is a far more precise unit of measurement than cup size, and when a patient is visiting a physician for a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure, precision is of utmost importance.

Meeting Breast Implant Expectations

A patient’s implants must be proportionate to her body. In the consultation the surgeon will take measurements such as height and weight, and measurements of the chest and breasts. The surgeon’s goal will be to take the patient’s expectations into consideration, and to match her with implants that will be balanced, shaped for her frame and symmetrical.

For a comparison between cc’s and cup size it can be estimated that 250 cc’s is the equivalent of one cup size. When it comes to a patient’s breast augmentation meeting expectations is the surgeon’s primary concern, and the patient can help her doctor to understand her wishes. Women can consider the following questions in addition to cup size or cc volume to help the doctor understand her goals:

  1. Do you want round or teardrop shaped breasts?
  2. Do you want a more subtle natural look or are you looking for an obviously augmented look?
  3. Do you want the push up bra look or just regain your shape after weight loss, childbirth or surgery?

The answers to these questions will provide clarity for the surgeon and will assist the doctor with achieving the desired result.

Meeting Breast Implant Expectations

A patient’s implants must be proportionate to her body. In the consultation the surgeon will take measurements such as height and weight, and measurements of the chest and breasts. The surgeon’s goal will be to take the patient’s expectations into consideration, and to match her with implants that will be balanced, shaped for her frame and symmetrical.

Breast Implant Sizers

Breast implant sizers are a very important way of helping a patient determine the appropriate size. These sizers are essentially model silicone implants that can be tried on to see how heavier breasts look and feel. Patients are encouraged to try a number of options as sometimes more or less may end up being the preferred option, but the patient would never know without trying it on first.

It’s also important to consider shape because the volume in one shape can differ vastly from another shape. The cosmetic surgeon and the team will be there to assist and support their patients when trying to determine size and shape, and will provide as much information and insight as possible, to guide this important decision.

Book a Consultation with a Cosmetic Surgeon

A breast augmentation can improve your look, increase self-esteem and confidence. The best way to determine the size and shape of your implants is to book a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon to ask questions and to address any concerns you may have. Dr. Lee is a highly acclaimed cosmetic surgeon in Calgary. He is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and specializes in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.