I know this is extremely common, but after swelling subsided, my 475cc silicone implants appear much smaller than expected: I was a 32A cup before, am 5'2", medium to slightly heavy build (120lbs). I told my surgeon I wanted to be a D cup. I'm measuring a C cup, and it's only been 3 weeks since my surgery. When I learned my implants were 475cc, I felt that surely they'd be a D cup. Is it likely that I'm just going a normal post-op letdown, or do I need bigger implants to get the size I want?
Breast Implant Size Too Small, Thought 475cc Would Bring me From A - D Cup, only a C Cup Now?
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Cup size and implants
Usually with that size implants., the cup size is in the range of a D or sometimes larger. Remember bra companies are all different and they volume of implants do not always correspond to a cup size.
C Cup or D Cup?
Based on your body proportions, a 475 cc implant is large and should give you a significant increase from your original A cup size. Going larger just so you can be a D cup may not be a good idea in the long run. Try to get comfortable with your new size before considering any more surgery.
Your post-op size seems consistent with a 475cc implant
Based on your pre-operative measurements, a 475cc implant would probably take you to a Full C. It is likely that the 475cc implant was the largest your body would accommodate. It is unusual to be able to bring someone from an A cup to a D cup in one single operation. Like the others said, don't focus on the cup size and focus more on how your breasts look to you.
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Cup size and breast augmentation
As many have already said, cup size is a very unscientific method of determining the appropriate size for a breast implant. It is difficult to say anything without examining you in person, but 475cc is a relatively large implant size for someone who is 5'2" and 120 pounds. I would encourage you to judge your results based on how you look in the mirror and in your clothes instead of based on cup size. Bra cup sizes will vary based on bra manufacturer and based on who is fitting you for a bra; cup sizes in most bras will also vary based on your chest circumference -- for example a 32C is not the same cup size as a 34C even though both are both C cups. Good luck!
With a 32-A, I would think 475cc would be at over over the maximum a surgeon could easily fit on your chest. Exceeding the capacity of your body is not advised. It is too early to tell what size you will be. Bras all fit differently as you know. It could be you were measured incorrectly.
Forget about cup size when choosing implants
Cup size is a very inconsistent and unscientific way of measuring breast size but we are stuck with it. A 475 cc implant is already on the large side, so please be patient and see how you feel after a few months. Going larger has long-term consequences such as higher risk of sagging.
Breast Size after Breast Augmentation?
Thank you for the question.
It is very possible that you are experiencing a “normal post-op letdown"; it may take several months for the breast implants to fully “settle” and for you to see the final results of surgery. At that point, I would suggest that you not base your happiness on a bra manufacturer determined cup size but on the improvement in breast size in relation to the remainder of your torso.
As you know, cup size will vary from one manufacturer to another. It may very well be that at certain bra shop you may fit into a D cup.
Continue to follow-up with your plastic surgeon for reassurance.
Unhappy with size at 3 Weeks!!
Cup size is very subjective and one bra may be a C and another brand may be a D. The most important thing in my opinion is how do they look with the rest of your body/figure. I also think that 3 weeks is too early to see how they will settle and soften. Give yourself 6-8 weeks for that to occur. Another important factor is to see how your clothes fit with the increased size. You may find that if you were to go bigger that it may be difficult for clothes to fit you. If you find that you like how your implants look and how your clothes fit then do not worry about the letter in the bra. If that bothers you, tear out the tag! If you find that the size is still too small, then ask your surgeon for larger implants. Be patient!
Breast implant size too small?
Good communication between you and your surgeon of your expectations is warranted - choosing your surgeon wisely is the first step. Discussion of your wishes and having an honest and open dialog of your procedure is mandatory (e.g, implant type, incision, placement, lift, etc). I have found that photographs brought by the patient is helpful to get a visualization of the appearance you wish for in terms of size, shape, fullness, etc. In addition, your surgeon's pre and postoperative photographs should demonstrate a realistic goal for you. Once this has been accomplished, allow your surgeon to utilize his/her best medical judgment during the procedure to finesse the best possible result for you after preoperative biodimensional planning and fitting the right implant for your breast width.
Hope me that this helps! Best wishes for a wonderful result!
There is no way to guarantee a particular bra size. Bra sizing varies greatly between bra manufacturers and a C in one bra will be a D in another. What matters more than the assigned bra size is the way the implant looks on you. The best option for your body and aesthetic goals can be determined in a thorough implant sizing session.
Implant sizing depends on several factors. One of the most important factors is your breast width. Generally, your surgeon will measure your breast width, and then provide you with a range of implant sizes appropriate for your native breast size. There are more nuances to it than just what I've described, but this approach works for most women.
I usually have my patients bring in a large bra and a tight t-shirt to do sizing. I'll then choose 3-4 implants that I feel are appropriate, and have my patients place them in the bra under the tight t-shirt. My patients can then look in the mirror and get a good sense of what they will look like with the provided implant sizes. My patients like this approach and get a great idea of how they will look.
By using this technique, your surgeon can outline a range of appropriate implant sizes that will be aesthetically pleasing, and you make the final decision.
I hope this helps. Good luck!
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