What is Breast Augmentation
Breast enlargement or augmentation is surgery for women who want to enlarge their breasts or replace lost volume. The surgery involves making an incision in the breast and inserting either a silicone or saline filled implant. The implant placing can either between the breast and the chest or behind the chest muscle. Not every person is able to have any size of implants with the limiting factor often being the size of the chest. Simply put, taller women with wider chests will be able to support larger implants.
How Implants are Measured
Both silicone and saline implants are available in round and teardrop shapes. They are not measured in cup sizes but rather by volume in cubic centimeters (cc’s), which are a, measure of the volume of the implants. Typically the range of sizes for implants is 120-850 cc. When deciding what size implants to have people refer to what size cc implant they would need to achieve their desired breast size. However, cc’s produce different results on different people. It is a myth that a 260cc implant will give a person a set cup size. The same size implant may create a C cup on one person and a D cup on a second person. When discussing implant sizes with your surgeon a prospective client should discuss what effect they hope to achieve. The surgeon often uses a breast sizer to help to illustrate what the finished effect would be. The surgeon will then decide what implant size would create the desired result.
Why Identical Size Implants Create Different Results
The reason implants of an identical cc size implant creates different results on different women is influenced by various factors. Firstly natural size, a women who is a 34B will need a small implant to reach a 34D than a women who is a 34A. Secondly positioning has an impact on the final result with high profile implants protruding more than low profile ones. Lastly the shape of the implant that has been chosen also affects the size of implant required. Your body is unique and choosing an implant is similar to having an individual prescription made.
How to get the Right Size Implant
To help the surgeon understand what you would like to achieve from your surgery, you will need more information than just what cup size you would like to be. Cup size can mean different things to different people. When attending the initial consultation bring photos that demonstrate the size and shape of breasts you would like to achieve. Also, take a bra you want to be able to wear to help the surgeon understand what look you are aiming for.