Your Breast Implant Size and Lifestyle


While increasing your bust size is one of the primary goals of breast implant surgery, going beyond the limits of your anatomy increases the risk of palpability, visible rippling, implant displacement (e.g., bottoming out and symmastia/uniboob), and unnatural appearance.

If your goal is to achieve results that look attractive and proportionate to your body, you and your plastic surgeon must choose a breast implant size that is based on the existing coverage—i.e., amount of tissue and fat. Also, the prosthesis’ base must be the same or at least near equal to the chest and breast width if your goal is to capture the natural look.

In addition to your underlying anatomy, the “ideal” breast implant size, which is measured by cubic centimeter or cc rather than bra cup size, has also something to do with your lifestyle—specifically your level of physical activities. But take note that even your work might also be an important part of your decision.

If you are into an active lifestyle, a professional athlete, or just someone who enjoys the great outdoors, a good rule of thumb is to choose a small- to moderate-sized breast implant, or simply put, an implant dimension that will “respect” your anatomy particularly when it comes to the amount of coverage you have prior to breast augmentation.

Take note that professional athletes and dancers rarely have overlarge breasts because they could impede with their performance and “center of gravity.”

Another ramification of excessive augmentation is the discomfort due to the added weight, which could eventually lead to back pain, rounded shoulder, and poor posture.

Because the trend this day is the natural look, anecdotal reports have suggested that many breast augmentation patients are choosing a “conservative” implant size, usually between 300 cc and 400 cc. (Note: Just to give you an idea, 200 cc usually increases the breast to about a cup, although the exact “impact” still depends on multiple factors such as your coverage, chest and breast measurement, body frame, and other underlying anatomies.)

A pair of 300 cc breast implants is approximately 1.4 pounds, a small additional weight that is not enough to cause discomfort and other detrimental effects.

Nevertheless, even with a small pair of implants, I always advice my patients that breast augmentation surgery does not eliminate their need of a good-fitting supportive bra. In fact, they need it more than ever, especially when they are exercising or doing physical activities.

While the purported anti-sagging effects of supportive bras are still up for debate, the consensus is that they encourage good posture and minimize discomfort while doing physical activities.

Aside from your physical activities, the “look” you want to achieve or preserve also plays an important role in determining the ideal breast implant size. For instance, you might want a “conservative” augmentation if you work in a traditional corporate setting, or you might consider a little bigger if you are working in the entertainment industry where there is a need to stand out.
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