How much CC does it take for an actual noticeable difference? (For implant sizes)
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An in-person exam with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to assess your needs and provide true medical advice.
It depends on how big you are and how big the implant is
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Thank you for your question. This will have a different answer for everyone as it is somewhat subjective. Generally, 25ccs is a fairly small amount. 15cc is a tablespoon. Depending on the base width that the volume is spread out over it could be difficult to detect.
My patients find it helpful to try on the implant sizers in a form fitting t-shirt in order to get a feel for them and see what the different volumes look like on their body.
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Implant size differences
You need to keep in mind though that 100cc's is only 1/2 of a bra cup.
I base the range of implants I offer patients mainly on the width of their breast and stretch or elasticity and allow them to choose within that range.
You just have to get in the right range...if you want to be as full as possible, I use the upper range implant...if more modest, lower. For size change operations I usually go at least 100-150cc's smaller or larger otherwise its hard to see much of a visible difference.
Hope this helps!
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How many cc to see a change
The amount of change goes around the implant in three dimensions. In Mentor implants the 495 cc high profile implant projects 6.5 cm, and the 440 cc high profile projects 6.2 cm which is just 3 mm difference, something very hard to discern, the difference is the width which is 0.5 cm wider which is determined by measuring the chest.
The difference between a 13 cm wide implant in a MMplus moderate plus Mentor 420 is 5.5 cm projection and the High projection in 13 cm of width is 6.5 cm or 1.0 cm difference
So the biggest difference is in projection, if the skin can accomodate. The other differences are in width which should be measured accurately and the size wont be noticeable.
A plastic surgeon with a lot of experience should measure you and help you pick the size well. I would not worry about below 75 cc. I would not change implants for much less than 150 cc. Another rule of thumb is 200 cc is about one cup size if that helps.
Josh Olson MD
Implant volume differences
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