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Full C Cup Breast Implants Too Large for Petite Frame?

I'm considering having breast augmentation. I'm trying to determine the size. I was a full B cup, but since having my son, have actually lost weight and gone down to an A cup. I'm petite at 5 feet and 92 lbs. I'm considereing going to a full C. Would that be too large for my height and frame?

Doctor Answers (19)

Breast Implant Sizes

It is difficult to get an accurate idea of the size of breasts a woman wants strictly by bra size. Different bras can be sized quite differently. It is better to speak with yor doctor about the size that is best for you with the help of before and after photographs.

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Cup size varies according to the person's body frame


When choosing cup size for breast augmentation, you need to keep in mind that a 32C is far different than a 40C, in other words, if you are petite, a C cup will be proportional to your petite frame because your circumference of your upper torso will be small to match your frame. A C cup volume will vary with the person's frame. To determine what a C cup would look like on your frame, you should meet with the prospective surgeons that you are considering and he/she should be able to help you understand what results you would achieve.

Amy T. Bandy, DO, FACS
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 91 reviews

Choosing the right size breast implant.


See this video of mine on choosing a breast implant:

Basically, this is the answer: don't think about cup size. It doesn't mean anything. If you want to look pretty and natural and not fake, then you need to simply pick the implant that fits you. You buy the shoes that fit your feet, right? So why wouldn't you get the breast implant that fits your breasts?

Steven Teitelbaum, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

Selecting Breast Implant Size


That depends on what you consider a “full C”. Cup size is not the best way to determine the appropriate size of the implants as there is no standard bra. The best thing you can do is bring in photos of the look that you are trying to achieve and discuss your options with your plastic surgeon. The best way to end up with a good result is to start with similar expectations.

Jeffrey Weinzweig, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Range of sizes for breast implants


Many measurements will be taken at the time of your consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. All this information will help to give you a healthy range of sizes for your implants. Trying on implants might be a good way of getting an idea on your new shape.

Hope that helps!

Hisham Seify, MD, PhD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Try on sizers!

Patients should try on sizers before surgery to see what they like.  It is impossible to determine what your personal perception of the right size is without you trying the sizers on for yourself.

Gary Lawton, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Full C cup too large?

Thank you for your question. Without a picture to see it is difficult to answer your question. A consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon can give you more information about how large an implant your breast can handle comfortably. There is no correlation between a certain implant and a cup size so picking the right implant prior to surgery is very important.  Good luck with your surgery!

Mark Deutsch, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Implants & Petite Figure


It’s always difficult making decisions about breast size without performing a physical exam or seeing pre-operative pictures. In addition, the patients underlying anatomy and personal preference for size and shape must be considered.


It’s important to choose breast implants that fit your body. These implants should have harmony, balance and proportion with the surrounding structures.


Unfortunately, cup size is not helpful because it means different things to different people. For these reasons, it’s important to find implants that fit your body.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 98 reviews

Proper Implant Selection


In order to make an accurate size recommendation, I would need to assess your chest wall and breast mound measurements and characteristics.  Unfortunately, there is not a general rule of thumb or objective criteria to implant selection.
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.
Dr. Gill

Paul S. Gill, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Full C Cup Breast Implants


Implants are measured by volume, not cup size, which can be confusing. Every woman’s body is different, so what looks like a C cup result on one woman might look like a B cup on another, even though the implants were the exact same volume for each. The best breast augmentation results are going to be customized to your existing frame.

As a breast augmentation specialist, I hear this confusion a lot. I’d suggest collecting several photos to bring to your consultation. This will give your surgeon an idea of your appearance goals. Your surgeon is able to translate those images into an implant size that will give you the right results. You can also try “sizers” that let you try on an implant size before surgery, or go to a surgeon who utilizes 3D imaging to get an idea of how different implant sizes will fit your frame.

Frank Campanile, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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