What's the Maximum Breast Size You'd Recommend for Petite Frame?

Hi. I am 19 years old and 103 pounds and 5ft tall. I want to get Breast Implants. I am currently an A cup could go to a full C, maybe 325cc?

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Choosing Breast implant size

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Bigger is not necessarily better. In choosing a very large implant it is important to be aware that as the volume of the implant goes up so do its dimensions, which includes the implant width. If you choose an implant that is excessively large, the edge of the implant may extend around beyond the breast. This would be undesirable. Also, as the implants become excessively large, the potential for rippling and other long term adverse cosmetic consequences increases. Increased weight of the implant can in some cases lead to excessive stretching and ultimately sagging of the implants/breasts.

Implants come in a wide variety of sizes and it is possible for any woman to comfortably carry a variety of sizes on her chest. The objective during the examination is to determine which implant will give the desired appearance. As you can imagine, any given implant in a very small framed woman will achieve an entirely different result than the same implant in a larger and heavier woman with different shaped breasts. Identical implant, different women with different breasts equals different results. The key, therefore, is to choose an implant that will give you the look that you desire. In order to accomplish this, we use a number of techniques. One of which is to take specific measurements of the size and shape of your breasts. This information, combined with the dimensions of the implants, and your desire for size and shape will help us determine which implant will most closely give you that look.

A very attractive look is a slight bulging on the silhouette of the lateral portion of the breast outside the chest wall and then down to the waist and hips to give that classic "hour glass" figure.

Nashville Plastic Surgeon

Breast Augmentation for a Small Frame

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For a woman who is a small frame, a dimensional sizing system is now becoming much more popular. Your size and volume depend upon your biases, your frame and your surgeon’s experience. A woman who has a very small frame and a narrow base width breast will have some restrictions on her as to what implants can be used, particularly if she chooses anatomic implants. Using round smooth implants under the muscle will give you larger volume opportunities than your actual measurements may imply. These tradeoffs should be discussed with you in your consultation. If your main concern is to look natural and proportionate, then a more modest enhancement will be something that will be discussed with you using both measurement techniques as well as sizing techniques in consultation with you and your surgeon. I do the sizing myself in all of my consultations so that patients have a full opportunity to discuss the tradeoffs that occur with each different implant style. Because I offer more than one style, I enable my patients to become “an expert” in both their breast and their implant options.

Of course adding fat to your implant breast augmentation is another option using a Brava technique to expand your tissues. You and I may discuss serially adding fat to your breasts that will be yours forever and will never need an implant replacement. These opportunities are now much more common for a woman who wants to be “proportionate” and wishes to have the naturalness of her own fat over the long term. For a woman who has already had two children she may commonly find that her breasts are very saggy from pregnancies and breastfeeding.

Having a breast augmentation may give you some nipple repositioning but if the nipple position is below your fold you may need a lift at the same time. Should you get pregnant again with implants under your muscle, there is no interruption of your breast from the nipple connection. The milk ducts go right to the nipple and the implant is placed behind the muscle so there is no negative consequence. Having the implant in your breast under the muscle has no difficulty with you breastfeeding if you didn’t have breastfeeding problems to begin with. The discussion of these particular elements are undertaken at the time of my consultation with my patients, especially if they have not yet completed their fertility so none of their options are foreclosed.

Paul Vanek, MD
Cleveland Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Choosing Breast Implant Size

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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. Even your fitness levels and other relevant criteria are taken into consideration. It is you who will decide what you are comfortable with. 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.

Breast Implant Size

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Breast Implant Size is a combination of subjective and objective criteria.380 cc is a reasonable recommendation. There is not a direct correlation between the cc's of a breast implant and the corresponding cup size, as cup size is an inexact measurement that varies considerably among companies and even within the same company. Online consultants will not be able to guide you as well as surgeons who perform in person consultation.

The size of the implants are based on a combination of a patient's goals and objectives and her anatomy. In order to provide a natural looking augmentation, the surgeon needs to evaluate many factors including soft tissue coverage, skin laxity, chest wall width, breast imprint width, the shape of the breasts and relative level of constriction to ensure that the breast implants are appropriate for your body.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Proper Implant Selection

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In order to make an accurate size recommendation, I would need to assess your chest wall and breast mound measurements and characteristics.  Unfortunately, there is not a general rule of thumb or objective criteria to implant selection.
Your plastic surgeon will perform several measurements of your chest wall and breast anatomy and determine a range of implants that both fit your chest wall and reach your desired goals.
The next step is to try on this range of implants in the office with your doctor.   The key to this success is showing your surgeon the body proportion you desire with a bra sizer and allowing your surgeon to guide you to the right implant.   It will be much easier to communicate in implant cc's than cup size when determining the appropriate implant for you.
I wish you a safe recovery and fantastic result.
Dr. Gill

Paul S. Gill, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Choosing the right breast implant for your body

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Unfortunately, without an examination, it is impossible to give you a definitive answer. However, as most surgeons have mentioned, the largest size implant for your body is determined by the combination of your breast width, height AND the amount of breast and skin elasticity (how much the skin can stretch). The implant has to fit within these parameters, otherwise the result will be unnatural.

Within these parameters, there is a range of implant volume which can fit your body. My recommendation, if you have very thin skin, is to consider silicone implant and the smaller of the sizes considered.

I also recommend trying these implants with a bra in front of the mirror. It is more important to find a volume which is proportional to your body, rather than focusing on a cup size.

Michael A. Jazayeri, MD
Santa Ana Plastic Surgeon

Implant Sizing for Small Frame

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It is difficult to say what implant will work without seeing you and performing measurements. I generally have my patients do what is called the rice test, which you will find on my website under the journal section. After the rice test is performed we sit down and figure out an implant size that works for the dimensions the patient has.

Good luck.

Farbod Esmailian, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Implant size

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I find that one of the best ways to determine the right size implants are as follows:

  1. Have the patient try on the implants in a stretch bra with a clingy top to obtain the look they want
  2. Have the patient show the doctor pictures of how they want to look
  3. The surgeon should be able to put that information together to determine a general grouping of implant sizes and styles. He will consider the size of the breast and the chest in his analysis. He should also tell you the positives and negatives of going larger or smaller.
  4. The surgeon will also take other patient specific factors into consideration

John P. Stratis, MD
Harrisburg Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Breast Implant sizing

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I think that you could definitely accomodate a 325cc implant and possibly a larger one. You should try on different sized implants during a fitting session and let your plastic surgeon know that you do not want an implant which measures larger than your breast diameter.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon

Breast implant size

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 There is not universal size for breast implants.  It is best to individualize the implant size based on the individual person.  It is based on your tissue quality, tissue thickness and body dimensions.  Good luck.

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