Choosing Between 500 and 550cc Breast Implants

I'm 5 ft 2 in 150 pounds, I am a small A cup now and have tuberous breast so I'm getting a lift. I can't pick between 500 or 550 Im and getting Mentor moderate plus silicone. HELP ME!!!!

Doctor Answers 12

Implant Selection Process

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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

Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

500cc vs 550cc - Very Little Difference

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The difference between 500cc and 550cc is realtively small once the implant is in place.  I doubt you would really know the difference between thetwo once they were placed.  You should discuss this with your surgeon, and he/she should be the final arbitrator on implant size.  Their job is to find what is going to work best for you, limit your complications, and help you achieve youir final goal.  Sometimes this clashes with what a patient desires in implant size, but the surgeon's job is to assess everything and come up with a good size.  I would let your surgeon make the final decision.

Tuberous breasts and large implants

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I would be hesistant to put such large implants in a patient with tuberous breasts if you really have a tight lower pole. The implants will more than likely not be ablt to correct this problem. You are probably better off with smaller implants and then later on perhaps a year later go up in volume.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

500 and 550cc breast implants

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No photos hard to advise. But I agree with the "double bubble" effect is very likely to happen. See more opinions to determine either staging the surgeries and implant size.


Tuberous aka Tubular (constricted) breasts and large implants: Beware the the double bubble

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A 50cc difference is not a significant difference in size and it is very likely that you would not notice the difference. That having been said, this large of an implant in an individual or your height with tuberous breasts is highly prone to a double bubble type deformity and I would discuss your implant choice and diameter with the surgeon.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

Choosing implant size with tuberous breast

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Before you make up your mind about size, first determine the kind of look you want. 

What kind of cleavage?  See the link below for a post on the influence different cleavages have on the look of your breasts. Tuberous breasts have a narrow base, so you should consider an implant with a wider base, i.e. moderate versus high profile.

Secondly, make sure you get a lift with minimal scarring. A periareolar scar should be more than enough. See the link below for an example

Ricardo L. Rodriguez, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 98 reviews

550 vs 500

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The difference is mainly seen in the diameter of the breast that will give you fuller cleavage, and more prominence to the side of the chest.  Also, larger implants will be fuller front to back, and also in the up and down dimension.

You may want to consider spltting the difference at 525 cc's

500 vs 550 cc breast implants - how to choose

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First of all, your surgeon should make the final recommendation of which of these is best based on your anatomy and measurements and their experience and take the pressure off you.  Secondly, there is barely any difference between these implants once you get up to that size.  In other words, from 200 to 250 is a big difference but not so much from 500 to 550.

Implant size in the tuberous breast

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It is not uncommon in my practice here in Las Vegas to use larger implants but that seems large for your frame especially with a tuberous breast. When it gets right down to it though, there isn't all that much difference with 50cc, especially in a larger implant. I would suggest ou talk with your plastic surgeon about the size implant and the degree of tightness of the lower part of your breast.

I wish you well.

Dr Edwards

Breast implant size

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The best thing to do to help with sizing is try on various implants in a bra in your surgeon's office.  To be honest, a 10% difference in size is not something that you should obsess about.  The difference between these two implants once they are put in the pocket will not likely be very noticeable.  My advice is to ask your surgeon to evaluate the appearance of the implants using temporary sizers in the operating room.  This is the way I help my patients choose their implants.  Your surgeon's judgment in the operating room can be very helpful in getting you to the right size.

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