Hi I Recently Had Breast Recontruction What Cup Size is a 600 Cc?

recently had breast reconstruction due to breast cancer. i wanted to know what cup size is a style 45 600 cc of Natrelle thanks

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I am asked this question on a fairly regular basis and unfortunately since implant sizes do not correlate to cup sizes I am unable to provide an answer.  Your cup size is determined not only by the size of the implant, but also includes the amount of tissue that is in the breast.  Another factor is that cup sizes are not standardized so what I may consider a C cup someone else may consider a D or vice versa.  I recommend going to a store or boutique that provides free bra measuring to find out what is the best bra size for you now after your reconstruction.

Congratulations on being a survivor!  Be well and good luck!


Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Cup size and implants

It is difficult to determine final cup size with a given implant volume. SInce you have implants now, it is best to go to a good bra store and get sized properly. Every bra company is different, and therefore each company may put you into a slightly different cup.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Cup size and implants.

This is a difficult question to answer because of 2 factors: Cup size is not a standard measurements between bra makers and the cup size is dependent upon your chest wall (ie a 32 D resembles a 36 B). The 600cc style 45 is the narrowest implant with the most projection. Typically used for women with thinner frames who wish their breast reconstruction to be on the larger size. The best way to find out your appropriate bra is to visit the mastectomy department of Nordstroms (or other larger department store) and to be fitted. In some instances, insurance may even cover some of the costs of your bras.

David Bogue, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Volume doesn't determine cupsize

Dear Karen,  I am glad to hear you are recovering and wish you a speedy recovery from your surgeries.  The fact is that the size is just that - a measure of the volume of the implant.   If you are 5'1" and 100 pounds, a 600cc implant will make you a DD or bigger.  On the other hand, if you are 5'10" and 180 pounds it may make you a c cup.  Speak to your plastic surgeon to help you dteremine sizing.  I prefer to use the base diameter and projection to help me determine the sizing of the implant.  Good luck and to future good health.  Dr. Schuster in Boca Raton

Steven Schuster, MD, FACS
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Breast Size After Breast Reconstruction?

After undergoing a mastectomy and needing  breast reconstruction for breast cancer, a vary common question posed by patients is what breast size will I be afterwards.  Unfortunately, there is no real way to know what breast cup size a patient is until they try on bras afterwards. The implants used for breast reconstruction ( or augmentation) do not correspond to cup sizes.  They are simply cubic centimeter measurements.  So much of a patient's breast size afterwards not only depends on the volume of the breast, but also their height, weight, frame size, etc.  A 600cc style 45 gel implant may be a D cup on one patient, while a C cup on another.  In general, If a patient has had a tissue expander in place to begin with right after the mastectomy, then that is used as a guid to where the patient wants to be.  The expander is expanded until the patient likes the size, and then an implant that matches those dimensions is utilized.  It is not important what the bra measurement says you are, since thre is no standard or measurement.  Whether you are an A cup or a DDD cup should not matter as long as you are happy with the size.  I hope this helps.

Christopher V. Pelletiere, MD
Barrington Plastic Surgeon
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Recently had breast reconstruction - what cup size is 600cc?

Hello! Thank you for your question. In general, implant size does not correlate with bra cup size. The cup size itself will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer as well as who is doing the actual measurements. Thus, cup size is never a reliable indicator for your breast size. I typically encourage my patients not to communicate her desires in cup size but more on the actual look and appearance.

Good communication between you and your surgeon of your expectations is warranted - choosing your surgeon wisely is the first step. Discussion of your wishes and having an honest and open dialog of your procedure is mandatory (e.g, implant type, incision, placement, etc). I have found that photographs brought by the patient is helpful to get a visualization of the appearance you wish for in terms of size, shape, fullness, etc. In addition, your surgeon's pre and postoperative photographs should demonstrate a realistic goal for you. Once this has been accomplished, allow your surgeon to utilize his/her best medical judgment during the procedure to finesse the best possible result for you after preoperative biodimensional planning and fitting the right implant for your breast width.

See how you look and feel in clothing with the tissue expanders, if you have them now. Otherwise, trying sizes and getting measured and fit appropriately will be ideal.  Implant sizes will give different size for different women depending on your body habitus, height, weight, implant type, implant position, etc. 

Hope me that this helps! Best wishes for a wonderful result!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Cup size with 600cc implant

A patient's final bra cup size is determined by the size of the implant, the patients chest circumference, and the amount of soft tissue present.  A 600cc implant can make a petite patient a D or DD, while it might make a larger framed patient a B or C.  Patients can be measured either by their plastic surgeon or at a bra store to determine their final cup size.

Kelly Gallego, MD, FACS
Yuba City Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

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