Thank you for
Please know that
it is a common misconception that implant volume correlates with the bra cup size.
A bra-cup size itself requires many measurements to describe it.
As you already
know, bra sizes clearly vary among manufacturers, and they can label the cup
size by any designation they choose. So a C will be a D for another. Additional factors, such as demi and full
cup coverage, specific fabrics, padding, and elastics, can all affect the fit
of a bra.
the situation further, your breast size may vary on a monthly basis because of
menstrual cycles and weight gain and weight loss.
Second, there is
a confusion over sister sizers which complicates things. For example, a patient
wearing a 34C may also fit into a 36B bra.
Since you asked the question considering all things equal,
then I think you might find it helpful to know that a study by Dr. Bengtson and
Dr. Glicksman titled “Standardization of Bra Cup Measurements” has shown that
the average implant volume required to increase the cup-size by 1 size is equal
to 205 ccs. This does not apply to your case as you said that 260 ccs took you
from A/B to D/DD.
The missing factor is the profile of the implant. Since you
had a high-profile implant which has a narrow base and high projection, your
breasts were more augmented. The same sized implant with a different profile
would have given you a smaller bra-cup size.
So a better thing to do would be to bring your desired bra
to your consultation and do bra-sizing trials with different implants to see if the
implant in addition to your breast tissue would adequately fill the bra.
Now, even though you
may give importance to cup size designation, what should matter most is that
the implant looks good aesthetically and that the chosen bra fits and feels
This is exactly
why patients must have a consultation.
I am assuming you
have gone to a board-certified plastic surgeon, and they will assist you in
choosing an implant that is more tailored to your breast characteristics in
order to provide natural looking breasts.
The implant has
to fit YOUR body dimensions. The more you deviate from the proper fit,
the more fake your breasts will look.
Surgeons use what is
called tissue-based planning. The planning takes into account the effects of
tissues over time, risks of excessive stretch, excessive thinning, visible or
palpable implant edges, visible traction rippling, ptosis (Sagging), and breast
tissue wasting. To determine the implant size, breast measurements must be
made: 1) Base Width of the existing breast tissue, 2) skin stretch, and 3)
Nipple-to-Inframammary Fold distance. The combination of these measurements
will help determine tissue coverage and the required implant volume to
optimally fill the breasts.
So please focus more on having full and natural
looking breasts rather than trying to fit into a particular bra-cup size.
Hope this helps.
Thank you for your question, Best is to consult this with a plastic surgeon in your area that can examine your breast and give the best advise.
I do not think that the generalizations of "150 cc or 200 cc equates to 1 cup" hold any validity or is helpful in any specific way. There are simply too many variables such as a specific patient's dimensions and the variability in bra manufacturer's cup sizes… In other words, there is no accurate/reliable/predictable correlation between size/profile breast implant utilized and cup size achieved.
Generally speaking, the best online advice I can give to ladies who are considering revisionary breast augmentation surgery (regarding breast implant size/profile selection) 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 are 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 “natural” or "B or C cup” 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. Again, the use of computer imaging has been very helpful during the communication process, in our practice.
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, after the use of temporary intraoperative sizers.
I hope this (and the attached link, dedicated to breast augmentation surgery concerns) helps. Best wishes.