C Cup Bra Size After Breast Augmentation
I prefer not to discuss size changes in terms of cup size as sizing can be very different with different brands of bras. The use of before and after images can help you first to determine whether or not a plastic surgeon shares your aesthetic sensibilities. It can also be an effective way for you as a patient to communicate the result you are hoping to achieve.
I use biodimensional planning techniques to help determine the ideal size, shape and placement of breast implants for the most natural look.
Estimating bra cup size after breast augmentation
Hi Govswife - It sounds like you may be a large C/small D cup after getting the implants that you described. Right after the surgery, you will be swollen for about 4-6 weeks so your cup size may come down some. If you really want to know, place some implant samples in your bra or different bras to see how big you will be. Good luck!
While it is difficult to nail down the exact breast cup size, you probably will be in the "D" cup range for the volume you are adding to your present "B" cup.
339 cc breast implants should give you about a full C cup
371 cc will start to push you into the small "D" cup which might look less natural and more "implanted". If you are trying to have a natural look I would suggest the smaller of the sizes. Of course it is a little difficult to say for sure without seeing you in person but that is just a generalization.
As far as losing volume when under the muscle, I don't know why some doctors have said that. If you are trying on implants inside of a bra, you can expect the size to be a little larger compared to after they are implanted, but there should not be a difference in volume between under and in front of the muscle placement.
Use a sizer for approximating breast implant size
It sounds to me that you would end up in the range of a full C-cup, but this is really not as important as whether or not you are happy with the size and shape of your breasts with this implant. Remember that cup size is subjective and in fact you can find different brands of bras with cup sizes ranging from B to D that will literally fit the same size breast. It is most important to be pleased with the general form of your body rather than getting hung up on the size of implant or the cup size of the bra. Make sure you try sizers to approximate how the implants will look under clothes, an remember that the final outcome is usually a bit smaller than the sizers make you appear.
When implants are placed into the body, the tissue that drapes over them has thickness itself, and in the interface just next to the augmented area, the thickness of the overlying tissue remains. What this means is that the difference in thickness between the augmented breast and the adjacent tissue is less significant that if you were to measure the implant projection against, let's say, a table top on which the implant lies. This difference can give the impression of a loss of volume. In fact, there is no difference in volume, just a more gradual slope when implants are placed below the muscle. This is a more natural shape, and is associated with a lower incidence of capsular contracture as well--a good place for your implants, in my opinion.
Given that the volume you describe is about 1.5 cup sizes and given that 32 band width bras go up faster in cup size, I will guess you might fit into a 32 D after.
With your height and weight as well as the 32 band size on your bra you will get a distinct increase in your bra cup size with the implants that you have chosen. I think it is a good choice by the information you gave me. With a 32 band size the cup size goes up quickly so you could easily be a D size cup with the implants. If you used a 34 band size then you might stay a full C. This is my estimation by what you have shared.
Another thing to consider is the base width of the implants and the base width of your breasts. Try to match the sizes as close as possible and use a high profile implant if you need to. This will help the natural look you are trying to achieve.
My best guess is that you will be around a full C cup. Obviously, you are going with silicone which gives a softer and smaller appearing breast compared to saline implants. When you augment the breast they get larger, regardless of over vs. under. Given the same implant however, under the muscle may or may not appear a bit smaller, but in my opinion, the benefits of going under the muscle outweigh the negatives.
You are right not to hang up on cup size as bra sizing in not standard. The thing to shoot for is that you love your look.
You will probably by a high C, low D cup BUT remember it is not the cup size that matters, its the look. I find that one of the best ways to determine the right size implants are as follows:
1. Have the patient try on the implants in a stretch bra with a clingy top to obtain the look they want (if you want a "C" cup put on a "C" cup bra)
2. Have the patient show the doctor pictures of how they want to look
3. The surgeon should be able to put that information together to determine a general grouping of implant sizes and styles. He will consider the size of the breast and the chest in his analysis. He should also tell you the positives and negatives of going larger or smaller.
You don't really lose volume under the muscle but theoretically there is more external pressue on the implant's upper pole so they don't look as prominent.
Approximate Cup Size for 339cc Breast Implants on B Cups
Perhaps this may provide you with some insight. I find that if a woman wears a size 36 AB bra and would like to be a C cup, which is the average size that women wear and the average size bra that is sold, she needs a volume of approximately 350 to 390 cc to make that change. This becomes less if she's wearing a 34 bra, because it has a smaller strap size and the cups have a smaller diameter. A smaller diameter implant would then be a volume of approximately 300 to 350 cc. In the same way if she was more petite, maybe a double zero or size one and wore a 32 AB bra, then to become a 32C cup she would only require about 250 to 300 cc.
This is a general number, and of course there are other factors that will affect this.
Other factors which contribute to the outcome are size, shape, and profile.
The #profile is determined by the amount of #projection versus roundness that the you desire, as well as the #size of the implant and size of your chest. Also, the placement or incision location will also have an effect on profile.
Another element to a satisfying result of your #augmentation is realistic #expectations.
Talk to your surgeon at greater length and be sure to view before and after pictures and reviews beforehand to gain more reassurance of the procedure.