36 year old, Very flat chested AA, Can I achieve a full C-small D? (Photo)

I am 5'7", 140lbs, 32in rib! I am wanting a full C, small D. My surgery date is July 23, 2014. So far I am going with Silicone, round, textured, unders, 401cc rt, and 435cc Lt. In your opinion, is the right choice, and will this get me to where I want to be??

Doctor Answers 8

AA Cup size to full C small D after breast augmentation

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Most patients want to have the fullest breast profile that still looks natural on their body. The limiting factor for implant size is almost always the appearance of the upper pole. At some implant volume, the upper pole of the breast begins to look excessively rounded or convex, and that is a look that says "breast implants live here".

A common error that leads to an unnatural appearance after breast augmentation, even with implants of an ideal size, is inadequate lower pole dissection and/or inadequate release of the pectoralis major origin just above the inframammary fold. As a result the implants sit too high and appear excessively full in the upper poles (the area above the nipple-areola complex), while the lower poles - which should be the fullest area of the breast - are underfilled. Inadequate muscle release may also result in bizarre-appearing breast implant animation when the pec major muscle contracts. In some cases this may result in one or both of their implants jumping up literally to the level of a patient's collarbones - an alarmingly unnatural look, and one that is totally avoidable


A shaped form stable breast implant can give the patient the lowest risk of fold and ripples in the lower pole, the lowest risk of a visible transition between natural breast tissue and implant  (sometime refereed to as a double bubble) and the lowest risk of breast implant malposition with the breasts bottoming out. I think there is a performance difference between form stable breast implants. Consult with plastic surgeon who have experience and expertise perfuming this particular procedure. 


In many breast augmentation patients, the inframammary fold needs to be lowered in order to allow the implant to rest at a level that appears natural relative to the position of the nipple and areola. Ideally the implant should be centered directly behind the nipple-areola complex (NAC). In profile, the natural-appearing breast is not convex in the upper pole, and an excessively convex and overly full upper pole is a dead giveaway that a breast implant sits below the skin. In addition, inadequate release of the inferior origin of the pectoralis major will allow the muscle to hold the implant in too high a position, and may even cause the implant to displace upwards (as high as the collar bone in some patients) when the muscle contracts. Patients with this problem require reoperation to release the inferior origin of the pec major and/or the inframammary fold.

Likewise, if the inframammary fold is lowered too far, the augmented breast will appear 'bottomed out', with an excessively full lower pole, an empty upper pole, and a nipple/areola that appears to sit too high on the breast - another situation with a distinctly unnatural appearance, and one that requires surgical correction: repair of the inframammary fold(s).

Find a plastic surgeon with considerable experience in providing natural looking results for women with very minimal breast tissue.  

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Will you have a C cup?

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I suspect your surgeon will be able to show you and allow you to hold an implant around that size.  If you have to opportunity, you will see that the implant alone is pretty close to a C cup.  When put beneath your tissue, I would expect a C cup is a very reasonable goal. That is, however, a fairly big implant and has some of the risks of being a big implant. Your height may allow you to tolerate that size more easily than others with your slight frame.
Dr. Pyle

Jeremy Pyle, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Sizing question

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Since there are no standard and uniform definitions of cup size, I am reluctant to predict size after surgery. Some surgeon estimate a cup size increase for every 150-250 cc.  The cups are smaller on a 32 band than on a 34 or larger, so the 150 cc may be the better guess, and just a guess it is. 

Since there is so little breast tissue, your breasts will have a shape similar to the implant shape, and will at that size look less natural than they would on someone starting with more breast tissue. In general I would favor a smaller size, and would consider shaped implants.

All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon

AA to full C, small D

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A full C definitely possible, a 400cc implant is quite big for your build already, and the skin would be stretched out, so, look out for stretch marks, prepare your skin before surgery by hydrating it correctly.
Of course, they would have to be put under the muscle, I don't see much need for placing asymmetrical implants because volumewise both sides look very symmetrical, not the level of the nipples though, for this I would suggest a periareolar lift on the lower side.
Good luck with your procedure

Carlos Castaneda, MD
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
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Implant size

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There are several factors considered for implant sizing.  I consider two factors when selecting implants for my patients:

1. Dimensional planning
2. Gel Implant Sizing system

Dimensional planning – The measurements of your chest wall are taken. Also, the breast dimensions including the height, width, and current dimensions of each breast form the basis of dimensional planning. Based on these measurements, the implant size is recommended. This will give you a unique breast implant that is suited for your body frame. However, there are some limitations of what size we can recommend. For instance, some implants may just be too big for a narrow chest wall. Your surgeon can review this with you during the consultation.

Gel Implant Sizing system – During the preliminary breast implant consultation, you will be provided with an option to “try on” a variety of implant shapes and sizes. You can also visualize the possible outcomes of your surgery which helps you to get that perfect size to give you the shape that you longed for. This way your preferences are known and you can then pick a range of implants that will “fit” just right to give a soft natural fuller look. Hope this helps.

Best wishes,
Dr. Basu

Implant volume and cup size

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At size 32 each 100 cc’s of implant corresponds to 1 cup size change. To achieve a D would require approximately 300 cc implants. 400 cc implants may not fit retro-pectoral, will extrude inferiorly and laterally requiring revision. I always recommend small round textured silicone gel implants placed retro-pectoral since they look and feel more natural, are more stable, less likely to ripple or have complications needing revision. Implant profile is irrelevant in the retro-pectoral position since the muscle compresses it. 22% of women who undergo breast augmentation alone require revision within 2 years because they are dissatisfied with the result. A frequent cause of dissatisfaction is over implantation.

Best Wishes,

Gary Horndeski, M.D.

Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
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How to get a C cup breast starting at an AA

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Thank you for your question and photograph.  You are very small and thin thus you should have a sub-muscular breast augmentation.  400 cc seems rather large for a petite woman such as yourself.  You should ask your surgeon to perform a breast implant sizing system evaluation on you.  You may also try the Rice test in the privacy of your own home as described in the link below.  There is also some nipple asymmetry.  I do not think this can be addressed by different sized implants and I do not recommend using different sized implants.  Correction of the nipple asymmetry may require a small periareolar lift on the lower side.

Silicone Under the Muscle Breast Implant

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Thank you for your question and congratulations on your upcoming surgery. If the numbers you gave in your question are what you and your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon came up with together, then they are probably the right choice for you. There are two major factors in selecting an implant. One, your desired goal. Two, what your anatomy will allow. As you stated, you don't have a lot of breast tissue so going too large will stretch your skin envelope unnaturally. Don't focus on a bra cup size. What matters most is not how it measures, but how you look in the end. Best wishes.

Mary Lee Peters, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 117 reviews

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