Why Breast Augmentation Is Never “One Size Fits All”


Getting breast implants is an exciting decision that can be a big boost to your self-confidence. You probably have an idea already of the perfect cup size you’d like to be.

But hold up a second – knowing how you want to look is great, but before you go breaking the bank buying new lingerie, you’d better be sure you know what kind of results to expect.

As most women can vouch for, bra sizes can vary a LOT by manufacturer, so aiming for a particular cup size as an end goal is out. To make matters even trickier, differently sized implants will give different results for each woman. The size of implants that your friend just got might look completely different on your body. Here’s why breast augmentation should never be approached as a “one size fits all” proposition.

Breast Implant Sizing Basics

While many women may not care too much about the process of breast augmentation as long as they get the gorgeous curves they want, it’s worth taking the time to learn that breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc), a measurement of volume, and not by bra size.

Keep in mind, though, that comparing implant sizes strictly by numbers can be misleading. In fact, without a slew of other measurements, trying to figure out how your results will look based on cc's alone is downright impossible.

Same Volume, Different Look

A 300 cc implant will increase breast size the same amount across patients, regardless of the size of the woman. However, just because the implant fills the same amount of space doesn’t mean that two women’s figures are affected in the same way.

This can be a major hassle when trying to determine what size implant you want. Why wouldn’t the 300 cc implant look the same on each woman if the implants are the same volume? Quite simply, because not everyone is starting from the same place. Average-sized implants will look larger on women who are small, and smaller on women who are large.

That’s why, in the interest of preventing the possibility that you’ll end up looking like you strapped fake balloons to your chest, we look at additional measurements to maintain your overall proportionality.

Dimensional Planning

So, you can’t determine your results from bra size, implant size or other people’s results. How the heck are you supposed to know which breast implant size to choose, then? For this, a technique called dimensional planning is often used. This fancy terminology really just means that your surgeon will take measurements of your body to customize your procedure, including:

  • Natural height/weight
  • Height and base width of each breast
  • Shoulder/chest width
  • Fitness level

Armed with all these different numbers, you surgeon can then tailor your augmentation to your exact needs. There are plenty of different types of implants that fill out your breasts in different ways, from varying shapes and sizes to low, moderate or high profiles.

With these factors in mind, your surgeon can make an assessment about what type and size of breast implant will give you the most natural look. This includes making adjustments for other concerns, too, like using breast implants to improve breast asymmetry.

Clearly, there is a lot of backstory that goes into the final decision of implant size, and that story is different for every woman. This is why it’s essential to work with your surgeon in determining which options will give you the best possible head-turning, jaw-dropping breast augmentation results.
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Charlotte Plastic Surgeon