What Breast Implant Size is Most Natural for a Very Tall (5'11.5"), Very Slim (135 Lb) Dancer?

I am 5'11.5" and 135 lbs. My ribcage is 30" and current breast size is 33" A/B- waist 26" - hips 37". What implant should I select to maintain my dancer's figure? I would like to keep a lean, sophisticated look that is also practical for the intense athletic demands of my industry and is still able to fit into stage costumes. I would like my breast implants to balance my thin upper body with my slightly curvier, more muscular hips/bum/legs, and give a gently feminine appeal.

Doctor Answers 12

Best Breast Implant Size/Profile for Me?

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Thank you for the question.
 As you can imagine, despite your good description of body type and goals, it is not possible to give you precise  advice online.
The best online advice I can give to ladies who are considering breast augmentation surgery is:

1. Concentrate on choosing your plastic surgeon carefully.  Concentrate on appropriate training, certification, and the ability of the plastic surgeon to achieve the results you're looking for. Ask to see lots of examples of his/her work.

2. Have a full discussion and communication regarding your desired goals  with your plastic surgeon. This communication will be critical in determining  breast implant size/type/profile will most likely help achieve your goals. 
In my practice, the use of photographs of “goal” pictures (and breasts that are too big or too small) is very helpful. I have found that the use of words such as “gentle, feminine appeal”  or “lean,sophisticated” etc means different things to different people and therefore prove unhelpful.
 Also, as you know, cup size varies depending on him who makes the bra; therefore, discussing desired cup  size may also be inaccurate.

3.  Once you feel you have communicated your goals clearly,  allow your plastic surgeon to use his/her years of experience/judgment to choose the breast implant size/profile that will best meet your goals.  Again, in my practice, this decision is usually made during surgery.

I hope this (and the attached link) help.

Breast implant sizing for tall, slim dancers

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Don't start from the implant size and work backwards. Also don't fall into the trap of using external sizers to judge the size of the implanted implant. 

Fitting an implant is more like fitting you to a dance outfit or your foot in a dance shoe. You get measured and then see what fits you, not choose a size and make it work. The issue is also not what implant size but rather what breast size and then see if an implant can achieve that for what you're starting with. 

You have several issues working for or against you when it comes to breast size. A, B, and C cup breast sizes are the normal range, but dancers tend to have smaller than average breasts as do slim women. On the other hand, taller women can handle a larger breast size without looking top-heavy. If you are an A/B cup size now. I would recommend going up no more than one cup size to a B/C size but it's certainly possible to go larger if you think that will work for you. It's your body, your choice (within what's feasible). 

Implants are sized by measuring the width of your breast upright with arms down, subtracting about 1cm for the skin on either side, and use that as the diameter of the implant. The choice for round implants is the forward volume or profile, ranging from low to high (not called that in gels). A low profile saline-filled implant (Allergan) of the appropriate width will make you look about one cup size larger if it is properly placed below the pectoralis muscle. In silicone-gel filled implants this would be the lowest profile implant (Style 10 for Allergan and Moderate profile for Mentor). There is no simple way to measure the exact volume of breasts before or after surgery and no good way to show you exactly what it will look like. Ask for pictures of augmentation patients who chose lowest profile implants in a sub-pectoral position. 

Scott L. Replogle, MD
Boulder Plastic Surgeon

Fitting your impant to a small, slim body

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I feel that your best fit is dependent on the diameter of your breast.  I think the diameter for a thin, tall woman should be in the 13 cm range.  Try the low profile, 13 cm implant, which should get you around 300cc.  Try them on for a fit in the offiice.  Because you are a dancer, you may choose a smaller implant. Just be aware that a smaller implant means a wider space between your breasts and negatively impact your cleavage.

Talmage Raine MD FACS


Talmage J. Raine, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

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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.
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