I'm 5'5 and weigh 160lbs with a large frame. I'm a 38 A cup
I'm Getting Silicone Implants Next Week! My Right Will Be Using 533cc and my Left 492. Will This Give Me a Small D?
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Breast Implant Size and Resulting Cup Size?
Thank you for the question.
I would suggest that you concentrate on achieving a certain “look”, not a specific cup size, with your breast augmentation surgery.
Unfortunately, no plastic surgeon is able to accurately predict what cup size you will end up wearing after breast augmentation with a certain size implant. As you know, you may end up wearing different bra cup sizes depending on who makes the bra.
I would suggest that you communicate your goals with your plastic surgeon ( I prefer the use of goal pictures) and ask him/her to do his/her best to achieve the results you're looking for. You may want to leave it up to him/her to use a breast implant that he/she feels will do the job based on intraoperative evaluation.
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.
Again, in my opinion, it is best to set your goals and level of satisfaction with the results of surgery, on achieving a certain look/proportionality, not a specific cup size.
I hope this helps.
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Silicone Implant Sizing
Bra sizes are confusing. More often than not, a woman is not wearing a correctly fitted bra, doesn't know her bra size, or doesn't know how a bra is fitted.
Cup size is dependent on the "number" part of the bra size... a D cup in a 34 bra is a different size from a 42 bra.
Outward projection is further determined by the "profile" of the implant. High school geometry: Height (projection) times Width (base width). A Higher Profile implant will give you a larger cup size for less volume than a Moderate Profile implant.
Furthermore, a saline implant looks bigger than a silicone implant of the same volume. That is because a saline implant is more oval (round on both top and base), while a silicone implant is flat on the base.
Some plastic surgery books have proposed the following parameters for breast augmentation:
- 32 bra: 100-200 ml per cup size
- 34 bra: 150-250 ml per cup size
- 36 bra: 200-300 ml per cup size
- 38 bra: 250-350 ml per cup size
Using that as a guide line you should be able to get a rough estimate for the size implant you would need.