If there is one question that gets asked every day it is “What size breast implant should I get.”
For a variety of reasons, this question is hard to answer without seeing a patient in a face to face consultation. Your surgeon needs to assess your size frame in person and have a visual understanding of what your ideal post augmentation size looks like. We say ‘visual understanding’ because a size ‘D cup’ in a patients mind may be different in a surgical sense.
It’s also common practice for patients to come to a consultation and say “I want 350cc because that’s what my friend has and that size is great.” The issue with comparing your personal breast augmentation ideals to what your friend has is that you may be entirely different in frame to your friend. The exact same size implant can look different in two different people.
Here are some points to consider to help you decide what size breast implant you should get. Of course, we always recommend a consult first and foremost to determine the best size implant for you.
What is your initial reason for wanting a breast augmentation?
These are important in determining the best size and type of implant for you.
Educate yourself on the different sizes and profile of implants.
Clients often deliberate over choosing between such small size increments. For example, the difference between 350cc and 375cc is virtually the equivalent of just over 1 tablespoon of fluid over the entire breast volume.
1 tablespoon is generally equal to 20ccs.
When you look at it like this you will find that you will hardly notice a difference between such small size increments. However, based on most breast augmentation cases, most clients wish they had of gone for the bigger size post breast augumentation.
Understand that the implants you try on in a surgical bra during consult will not look as big post-surgery.
Your final breast augmentation size results post-surgery will vary due to the different implant placement options. However, it is a good idea to note that your breast implants post op will appear smaller than the sizers you tried. Especially when placed under the muscle. Implants can often appear smaller post augmentation so your surgeon may encourage you to choose a slightly larger size than what you prefer when the sizer implant is placed over the breast during consult.
How much breast volume do you have to start with?
This can often be overlooked as clients get so caught up in numbers and comparing results of other people. An important question to ask your surgeon during your consult is “what size breast did this patient start with?” This will give you an idea of your most compatible client post op photos to compare your ideal results with.
Final notes -
Consider the above points in determining what size breast implant is best for you. Always seek breast augmentation size advice from a Specialist Plastic surgeon during your consultation.
Before booking a consultation make sure you ask about the qualifications and credentials of your potential plastic surgeon. You can check the AHPRA website to see if your surgeon is registered as a Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
Dr Mark Hanikeri is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Subiaco, Western Australia. The “Specialist Plastic Surgeon” title can only be used by surgeons in the recognised Specialty of Plastic Surgery. Mark has had 15 years’ experience as a specialist in cosmetic surgery of the body, breast and face.
To book a consultation with Dr Mark Hanikeri please call 08 9380 0311.
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Statement in response to media coverage on the Medical Journal of Australia’s paper on Breast implant associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA- ALCL)