Your Ultimate Guide to Breast Implant Sizes and Shape Selection

Your Ultimate Guide to Breast Implant Sizes and Shape Selection

Thinking of getting breast augmentation surgery? You’re one of the many women in the world contemplating the same thing!

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for moms, done more than 300,000 times in 2023. It comes as no surprise, since breast augmentation can help restore breast fullness and confidence by enhancing their shape and size after pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight changes.

But choosing the right implant is crucial in achieving your dream results. With so many options available in terms of size, shape, and feel, it can feel a bit overwhelming.

But don’t worry, because this guide is here to be your one-stop shop for understanding everything about breast implant selection.

We’ll explore different implant sizes and shapes, exploring the factors that influence which option is best for you so you can make an informed decision about what will best suit your body and unique goals.

One of the things you need to remember when figuring out your breast implant size is this: it’s measured in cubic centimeters (cc), not cup sizes. This might seem confusing at first, but it actually gives you more control over your final look.

Bra cup sizes can vary greatly between brands. A “C cup” from one manufacturer might be significantly different from another.

So when you focus on cubic centimeters, you and your doctor are talking about a standardized measurement system that ensures everyone’s on the same page.

Plus, CCs give you more precise control over your desired level of enhancement. Every 150-200cc increase generally translates to a one or one-and-a-half cup size jump, but there’s room for variation within that range.

Most women in the US opt for implants between 300cc and 500cc. This range offers a noticeable enhancement while maintaining a natural look and feeling proportionate to your frame.

It’s a great starting point for discussion with your doctor, but remember, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution.

Here’s a handy table comparing different breast implant sizes based on your cup size. Take note that these are estimated cup sizes:

Current Cup SizeDesired Cup SizeBreast Implant Volume Needed
AB250 to 300 cc
AC300 to 350 cc
AD370 to 430 cc
BC250 to 300 cc
BD350 to 400 cc
BDD400 to 450 cc
CD300 to 350 cc
CDD370 to 450 cc
CE450 to 550 cc
Graphic of teardrop and round implants in different sizes

Unlike one-size-fits-all solutions, breast implants come in a variety of sizes and styles to flatter every unique body type.

Here are the measurements your plastic surgeons needs to determine the right implant size for you:

As mentioned above, doctors  use cubic centimeters (CCs) to measure implant volume, ensuring a precise and consistent way to discuss your desired level of enhancement.

  • Implants between 150-200cc might be good for a subtle change.
  • Implants in the 400cc and above range are great for a fuller look

The implant profile refers to how much the implant projects from your chest wall, ultimately determining how “perky” your breasts will appear.

Here’s a breakdown of the different profiles available:

  • Low Profile. Ideal for wider chests, these implants offer a subtle lift with minimal projection.
  • Moderate Profile. This profile creates a natural look, perfect for those with narrower or smaller chests who desire a bit more volume.
  • High Profile. Craving a dramatic cleavage? High profile implants create a rounder, fuller shape, ideal for women with narrower chests.
  • Ultra High Profile. Offering the most projection and fullness, this profile is best suited for petite women with minimal breast tissue who want a dramatic yet natural-looking enhancement.

Discussing your desired outcome with your surgeon will help them recommend the ideal profile to achieve your dream breasts.

Graphic of breast implant profiles: moderate, moderate plus, high and ultra-high

The diameter, or width, of the implant base plays a crucial role in shaping your overall breast appearance. Your body type is a key factor here – choosing the right diameter ensures a natural-looking breast outline.

Diameters typically range from 7.4cm to 17.2cm.

Aside from breast implant size, the implant shape you choose plays a crucial role in achieving your desired look.

There are two main implant shapes: round and teardrop. Here’s how they differ:

CharacteristicsRound-Shaped ImplantsTeardrop-Shaped Implants
ShapePerfect circle, offering a full and symmetrical lookMimics the natural slope of a breast, with more fullness at the bottom and less at the top
Benefits– Provides excellent lift, cleavage, and overall volume – Less risk of rotation – no matter how you move, the implant stays put – Generally less expensive than teardrop implants– Offers a more subtle and natural look, ideal for those seeking a slight enhancement – Less likely to show rippling or wrinkling through the skin – Can provide some lift and a shaping effect
Considerations– May not appear as natural, especially if not sized proportionately to your body – Less suitable for women with minimal breast tissue, as it can create an overly rounded appearance– Typically more expensive than round implants – May not create as much cleavage – Requires a slightly larger incision and potentially longer recovery time – Risk of malposition or rotation, which can cause asymmetry
Graphic of round and teardrop implants inside of breasts

The best implant shape for you depends on your individual goals and body type.

Here are some additional factors to consider:

  • Desired Look. Are you aiming for a dramatic lift and cleavage, or a subtle enhancement that mimics your natural shape?
  • Body Type. Teardrops might be ideal for petite women with less tissue, while round implants can work well for a variety of body types.
  • Existing Breast Tissue. Round implants can add volume effectively, while teardrops can enhance shape without adding as much volume.

Selecting your breast implant is a highly personalized choice. What works for one person might not be the best fit for you.

So take note of the following tips when choosing your breast implant size and shape.

Breast implants should enhance your life, not restrict it. That’s why you should think about your typical activities before selecting an implant.

For instance, if you love running or high-impact sports, a larger implant size might not be ideal. Discuss options with your surgeon to find a balance between aesthetics and comfort.

Your clothing choices also factor in. Do you prefer clothes that flatter a fuller bust, or do you prioritize comfort and wear loose-fitting garments? This can help guide your size selection.

Implants should complement your body type. Bigger isn’t always better!

Opting for an implant size that overwhelms your build can lead to discomfort and back pain. A skilled surgeon will help you choose a size that looks natural and proportionate to your frame.

Your consultation with your board-certified plastic surgeon is extremely important in making sure you achieve your body goals.

Discuss your goals, concerns, and lifestyle to help your surgeon recommend the ideal implant size for optimal comfort and function.

Choosing the right breast implant size and shape isn’t just about achieving a certain look – it’s about finding what perfectly complements your unique body and goals.

This guide can help you figure out your size, but keep in mind that personalized recommendations are still the way to go.

A board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in breast augmentation surgeries like Dr. Siamak Agha will consider your frame, desired enhancement, and lifestyle to create a customized plan.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions and express your concerns during your consultation. Open communication is vital for achieving the beautiful, natural-looking results you deserve.

Breast augmentation is a transformative and empowering experience — more so if you’re part of the planning and implant selection process that lets you achieve your dream breasts.

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