What size implant would you recommend to achieve a C/D cup? (Photo)
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Picking The Right Implant
Proper sizing requires effort on the part of the patient and doctor.
1Patients should get photographs of their desired outcomes. They should also perform the Rice Test (see below) at home to be certain that they are in the right ballpark for volume (but not shape - that is left to the surgeons exam and discussion).
2Physicians should spend time to discuss all options with the patient. The exam should also establish the basic anatomical requirements for the implant and procedure. For example, is the patient asymmetrical, is there sagging, are the breast tuberous, is the chest wall narrow or wide?
If the communication between the patient and doctor is lacking, then seek out a more proactive physician.
Rice Test -
1Get a pair of disposable pantyhose, rice and a metric measuring cup (ml's=cc's).
2Pour the desired volume of rice into each pantyhose leg. Cut off the extra material and tie the pantyhose in a knot so that the rice is secure.
3Put each bag of rice in your bra to determine if this is the desired volume enhancement. If the volume is too much or too little, untie the knot and adjust the volume of rice accordingly. Repeat this process until your are happy with the volume of rice - at this point, pour the rice from each bag separately into the measuring cup and record the volume in ml's. Remember to record each breast separately because of the asymmetry you may have.
4The ultimate volume will be about 10% higher than the volume of rice measured.
If you have any further questions, please refer to my book "Cosmetic Breast Surgery - A Complete Guide From A to Double D".
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All the best,
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Thanks for submitting your pictures. From observing your pictures you appear to have perky, small A cup size with wide cleavage.
You can not generalized , that 150 cc is one cup size, because it depends on the chest circumference in inches. In my over 28 years experience , 150 cc is one cup size for chest circumference of 34 inches. For 32 inches - 125 cc. So if you want to be 32 full C cup (C/D) , you will need implants with volume of 375 cc.
The best approach will be creating sub muscular pocket (for better coverage of implants) through sub areola incision which will enable the surgeon to create the nicest cleavage under direct vision and digital feel. Similarly will occur with the creation of the fold and assuring a thick layer of tissue at the lower pole of the breasts , for better implants coverage.
Not all results are the same, because experience and skills are critical for good outcome. So do your due diligence and choose wisely.
Always, consult with experienced board certified plastic surgeons who operate in accredited surgery center for your safety. Check the before and after pictures in the photo gallery, to make sure that they are numerous, consistent and attractive. Pay special attention to the cleavage area, the symmetry , the perkiness and the natural look.
Best of luck,
An in-person exam with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to assess your needs and provide true medical advice.
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Seeking a Full yet Natural Look
You're absolutely correct on one cup size increase with about 150-180 cc increase. The smaller the cup size to begin with, the less volume for a cup increase. By a "30C push up bra", I believe you are referring to an underwire bra with padding. Some manufacturers have smaller sizing.
Without question you need a thorough consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.
Even though it is quite difficult to determine with your limited photos and measurements, I would recommend a subpectoral placement, small diameter (high profile) smooth silicone gel implant that approximates your measured base diameter. It looks like an implant somewhere between 265 - 300cc would give you a "Full yet Natural" look and about a 1 1/2 to 2 cup bra size increase.
Barring the development of capsular contracture and with a subpectoral placement of a silicone implant, I would say your implant would be not clearly visible and not readily "felt".
All these concerns are excellent questions that you should share with your plastic surgeon. Best of luck to you!
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