I'm 5'5" 120 Lbs with a Small Frame. What Cc Can I Go to While Still Looking Natural?

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Breast implant size

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The more breast surgery I do the more I realize that there is no correlation between the size of implant and resulting cup size.  This may have to do with several factors including: the amount of breast volume the patient starts with, the shape of the patient's chest wall (concave or convex), the type and model of breast implant selected (saiine/silicone  and low/moderate/high profile), bra  manufacturer variance  in cup sizes, the  degree  of filling of the cup  with breast tissue,  and the subjective differences in patients perceptions of cup size.

Much of the final “look” achieved after breast augmentation surgery  depends on several factors:
1. The initial shape, size (volume of breast tissue), symmetry of the patient's breasts. In general, the better the  preoperative breast appearance the more likely the breast augmentation “look” will be optimal.
2. The experience/skill level of the surgeon is important in determining the final outcome. For example, the accurate and gentle dissection of the breast implant pockets are critical in producing  long-term  well-placed breast implants. I personally think that these 2 factors are more important than any others, including type (saline or silicone)  or model (low/moderate/high profile)  of implant.
3. The type of implant used may  determine the final outcome, especially if the patient does not have significant covering breast or adipose tissue. For example, some surgeons feel that silicone implants have a more natural look and feel than saline implants because silicone gel has a texture that is similar to breast tissue. Each patient differs in the amount of breast tissue that they have.  If a patient has enough breast tissue to cover the implant, the final result will be similar when comparing saline implants versus silicone gel implants.  If a patient has very low body fat and/or very little breast tissue, the silicone gel implants may provide a more "natural" result.
On the other hand, saline implants have some advantages over silicone implants. Silicone implant ruptures are harder to detect. When saline implants rupture, they deflate and the results are seen almost immediately. When silicone implants rupture, the breast often looks and feels the same because the silicone gel may leak into surrounding areas of the breast without a visible difference.  Patients may need an MRI to diagnose a silicone gel rupture.   Saline implants are also less expensive than the silicone gel implants.
Other differences involve how the breast implants are filled. Saline implants are filled after they’re implanted, so saline implants require a smaller incision than prefilled silicone breast implants.
On May 10, 2000, the FDA granted approval of saline-filled breast implants manufactured by Mentor Corporation and McGhan Medical. To date, all other manufacturers’ saline-filled breast implants are considered investigational.
As of 2006, the FDA has approved the use of silicone gel implants manufactured by the Mentor Corporation and Allergan (formerly McGhan) for breast augmentation surgery for patients over the age of 22.
4. The size and model of breast implant used may  make a  significant difference in the final outcome. Therefore, it is very important to communicate your size goals with your surgeon.  In my practice, the use of photographs of “goal” pictures (and breasts that are too big or too small) is very helpful. I have found that the use of words such as “natural” or “C cup” or "fake looking" means different things to different people and therefore prove unhelpful.
Also, as you know, cup size varies depending on who makes the bra; therefore, discussing desired cup  size may also be inaccurate.
I use  intraoperative sizers and place the patient in the upright position to evaluate breast size. Use of these sizers also allow me to select the breast implant profile (low, moderate, moderate plus, high-profile) that would most likely achieve the patient's goals. The patient's goal pictures are hanging on the wall, and allow for direct comparison.
I have found that this system is very helpful in improving the chances of achieving the patient's goals as consistently as possible.
By the way, the most common regret after this operation, is “I wish I was bigger”.


I hope this helps.


San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Your breast width diameter will determine the size

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The breast width will determine the size of implant along with other measurements. Around 250-280 cc will most likely be quite natural. also consider getting dual plane augmentation technique which will help with the natural look.

Adil Ceydeli, MD
Panama City Plastic Surgeon
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Which implant size looks natural

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The choice of implant size will be largely determined by the width of your breasts. An implant that is too wide for the breast will look unnatural. Once the width is set, you can choose the implant profile. Moderate profile implants are more flat than high profile implants of the same width. The more pointy high profile implants, in my opinion, give a less natural look but allow a larger volume to fit behind a given breast width. Finally, silicone implants tend to look and feel more natural than saline implants.

Nia Banks, MD, PhD
Washington Plastic Surgeon
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Volume is just one consideration.

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In my practice I try to understand what the patient wants regarding size. For example, maybe she wears a B-cup now and would like to be a full C. By examining her and taking some measurments, I can decide if her desire is realistic and achievable. In the operating room, I use sizers to determine how many cc it will take to achieve her goal. That is the size implant I will use. Whether the breasts look "natural" depends on several factors including how tight the skin is preoperatively and if the patient has ever been larger before as with pregnancy or weight gain. Usually, with time, they all look natural.

 

William H. Gorman, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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