I'm scheduled to get a breast augmentation this Wednesday and am still wondering if I chose the correct size. I'm 5'7", 123 lbs. I'm a small A with 30" chest diameter. Usually wear 34A. I'd like to be a small C and chose 325cc moderate pluse unders. I'm wondering if 300cc or even 275cc would be a better choice, or would that be too small for my height and chest width? Just looking for input. Thank you!
Can 300cc or 275cc Breast Implants Give Same Effect As 325cc?
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It is common for a patient to have second thoughts on the day of breast augmentation surgery in terms of the ultimate size and profile of the implants. At this point, you have had a thorough conversation with the board certified plastic surgeon regarding your lifestage, lifestyle, medical condition, and objectives. I am sure that the surgeon's recommendation takes into account these factors as well as the size and proportion of your breasts. At this point if you are comfortable with the surgeon, then go with his/her expertise and experience.
There will be a different effect/size with the use of the smaller implants. Based on your height and weight, it seems that 325 would be a good choice, but your surgeon is the one who can tell more based on your chestwall and breast measurements.
Unfortunately, there is not a general rule of thumb or objective criteria to implant selection to replace an in office exam and good communication with a board certified plastic surgeon.
Your plastic surgeon will perform several measurements of your chest wall and breast anatomy and determine a range of implants that both fit your chest wall and reach your desired goals.
The next step is to try on this range of implants in the office with your doctor. The key to this success is showing your surgeon the body proportion you desire with a bra sizer and allowing your surgeon to guide you to the right implant. It will be much easier to communicate in implant cc's than cup size when determining the appropriate implant for you.
I wish you a safe recovery and fantastic result.
The best person to answer this question would of course be your surgeon. No one here could really give you an accurate answer without seeing you. But 325 isn't that big and you are a taller person. As far as your question, can 325 give the same effect as 275 or 300 , well of course no.
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The difference between the two sizes is less than an ounce. I would usually go with the bigger implant but my preference is to have both sizes available and use a sizer at the time of surgery. If your tissue will accept the larger implant and it looks okay, then I use that size. Talk if over with your surgeon.
275 vs 325 cc?
With silicone implants, most of my patients with relatively narrow chest walls like yours prefer High Profile implants when the volume gets over 300 cc or so (Mentor). The appearance is more sleek and youthful. My patients and I do see the subtle differences 25 cc can make, not to mention 50 cc changes. Overall, it seems that you have not spent enough time with implant sizers to solidify your goals.
Implant size and breast augmentation
Given your frame size, I don't think 325cc breast implants would be too big. If you want to be a small C cup, I believe you will be very close with this size implant.
Breast Implant Size
Implant Sizing: Differences Between 325cc, 300cc & 275cc
The question of breast implant size is always difficult for prospective breast augmentation patients. For this reason, multiple approaches are utilized to make this determination pre-operatively. These include reviewing magazine photographs, external sizers and recently the 3D Vectra computer imager to name a few.
Even when tremendous care is taken pre-operatively to determine breast size, the final decision needs to be made in the operating room by the surgeon. At this point, an assessment can be made regarding how the patient’s breast tissue interacts with the breast implant. Occasionally, obtaining a specific size does not allow the surgeon to meet the patients other aesthetic goals. For this reason, locking into a specific size isn’t always a good idea. Results are often better when a surgeon has the ability to make adjustments in the operating room.
It’s also important to realize that for many patients, a 50cc difference in breast size would be difficult to notice. In reality, a 50cc difference is less than four tablespoons which is spread out in three dimensions over the implant.
In your case, I think it’s important to thoroughly discuss your aesthetic goals with your surgeon. Make sure he has the latitude to do what’s best for you in the operating room so he can meet your aesthetic goals. It’s important that you have an approximate idea of the breast implant size that you are considering, but don’t become married to an absolute number.
Implant Size Issues
I personally order more than one set of implant sizes and use sterile sizers placed in the pocket during surgery to know in advance exactly which implant would work best for you. Software morphing programs can be helpful in some but not all cases (e.g. doesn't work well in my experience with existing implants, sagging or asymmetric breasts).
My advice is to accept advice from your board certified plastic surgeon after a formal consultation and examination with measurements.. If still confused don't hesitate to get a second opinion.
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