Doctor Chose 240cc Implants and I Am Very Unhappy?

I did not choose the implant size. Every time I tried to discuss it with the doctor, he said he will take a note of what I wanted but he will decide what would be proportional to my body. I told him I wanted a C cup (was an A before) and that I was playing around with the 350 implants. How soon can I have revision? Why would a doctor decide on such small implants? I am not a big girl, but I am not tiny either. I am 5'6" and 130 pounds. I think I could've easily gotten away with at least 300...

Doctor Answers 14

Too Small Breast Implant Size Selection

I am not surprised that 240cc breast implants are inadequate. I can not think of a single patient in my practice who would be happy with such a small size. You would be much happier with something in the 350cc range as you had already surmised. You could have a revision at any time now that you know your current size is below your expectations.

Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 72 reviews



Sorry to hear you’re unhappy about your breast size. In our practice we never choose the implant size for our patients. In our office we tell our patients that 200-225 cc equals to one cup size. If you were an A cup and wanted to be a C cup you should of received 325-360cc implants. If you want a revision surgery you are able to get it 6 months after surgery. You might want to go with another surgeon. Good luck.


Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
3.3 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Breast Implants too small



That size does seem very small for a women of your height, weight and stated goals. You probably would have been happier with implants in the 325-350 cc range.You should go back to your surgeon and explain your dissatisfaction and see whether he will change you to a larger size. I would wait at least 6 weeks from the first surgery to allow the scar to mature and the swelling to subside.

All my best,

Daniel A. Medalie, MD

Daniel A. Medalie, MD
Beachwood Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Implants chosen by doctor

I am a firm believer in a collaborative process. Proportion is extremely important but both doctor and patient should be on the same page. I recommend that you discuss this in a constructive way with your plastic surgeon and inquire why he did not use larger implants. It may be possible that the breast pocket couldn't accommodate anything larger at this time, but that you could have a followup procedure at a later date. Timing of a revision would depend upon the reason for use of the smaller implants. If you need to stretch out, then at least six months; if a miscommunication, certainly sooner than that.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

Implants are too small.

During the consultation for breast augmentation, it is extremely important that the patient and the surgeon are "on the same wavelength" regarding the patients goals.  While proper implant sizing means that the chosen implant should be within a range of sizes in order to minimize the risk of complications, a 240 cc implant seems like it would be too small to get you from an A cup to a C cup.  I would think that 3 months would be an adequate amount of time to wait prior to replacing the implants.  Make sure you know exactly what size your surgeon is going to place this time, or consider using a different surgeon. 

Laurence Weider, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 99 reviews

Unhappy with implant size

The part of your question that concerns me the most is the fact that you claim your surgeon was uninterested in your desires about size.  It is really important that the surgeon guides the decision but listens to what the patient wants.  I will allow my patients to select the size, as long as I do not feel that the size they are picking places them at risk for complications. I suggest you find another board certified plastic surgeon for your revision.

Matthew Schulman, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 324 reviews


Sizing of the implant and understanding and fulfilling patient wishes while still staying within the requirements of maintaining patient safety is the art of breast augmentation. Revisit your surgeon and discuss the issue again.

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

A too small implant after breast augmentation

The most important part of a consultation for augmentation is communicating your goals clearly. A proportional implant is fine but the result for better or worse must be 'you'. Your implants can be exchanged early if they are not the look you wished for.

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Change of Implant Size

I would recommend that you talk with your surgeon about your disappointment and discuss options for exchanging your implants for another size. As far as timing of the revision, each surgeon has a slightly different opinion on this, but typically it can be done in a relatively short timeframe.

Lawrence Iteld, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Breast Implants too small?

Sounds like you need to sit down with your Plastic Surgeon and discuss your concerns.  We like for patients to have a clear understanding of the surgery, and expectations prior to the surgery.  Everyone needs to be on the same page when embarking on surgery. You may consider a second opinion prior to scheduling additional surgery.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

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