Why Do 550cc Implants Look Like Only C Cup? (photo)

Hi, Just recently had BA about 3 days ago & it's been a dream come true! Previously I was a 34A/5'4/145lbs, I expressed to my surgeon that I would like to achieve a full D cup. We decided upon 550cc/Saline/Moderate/Infram .Incision. He did a fantastic job and they look great! However I think they are only a full C CUP :( Will they get bigger after 'drop and fluff' period? Why are they small, I thought I would for sure get a D cup?

Doctor Answers 16

Why Do 550cc Implants Look Like Only C Cup?

Keep in mind:

  • It is way too early to see a final outcome. The implants are high riding, and your skin and muscle need time to accommodate to them--as the implants drop, they will fill out the breast tissue more than is apparent now.
  • There are no fixed definitions of cup size, making it a less than useful tool for planning. Surgeons who do like to estimate cup size suggest that it takes about 200 cc (+/-50) for each one cup size increase, based on a 36 band. So for a 34 band, I would expect 3 cup size increase by the time the implants have settled.

All the best. Patience

550 cc implants

A 550 cc implant is pretry large. You have to give it a few months to settle and then re-evaluate for a bra.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Implants only a c cup?

Thank you for your questions and photos.  You are still in the very early post operative phase and your results are not finalized.  It appears from the photos that you have a nice result, but you will have some additional changes over the next few weeks to months.  With such a large implant and a small starting cup size, the skin and muscle are going to stretch and relax a bit more.  Your skin is not used to being stretched out to it's current extent.  It will continue to relax which will give you a fuller shape.  

It is impossible to guarantee a cup size, but you are going to be very close and will look great.  

Best Wishes.

Brian C. Reuben, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

Why does 550cc look too small

We can tell from your photos that the skin envelope is 'challenged' and compressing and holding the implant back. You would have been off to a different start with a smaller implant and now you will have to wait things out as the skin envelope relaxes to accomodate the implant. The projection and shape should improve, but a D may not be an easy look to achieve.

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

Why do my breasts look small after a breast augmentation with 550 cc implants?

You are still early in your healing period.   At this time the tissue is swollen and the muscle can flatten out the implant.  Give it more time for your shape to come around.  A 550 cc implant should take you up almost 3 cup sizes depending upon your body and breast anatomy.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Breast size and implants

breast size and implants

see my previous posts

your skin and muscle need to stretch and relax   your final result will take 2-3 months.  i believe the implant size is a good choice

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 96 reviews

Breasts look too small after augmentation?

It takes a few mponths for your new breast implants to settle. During this time, the shape and size may change. you need to be patient during this process. I suspect that a 550cc implant will increase you about 2 1/2 cup sizes.

You are not at your final result yet

Hello. At three days you are nowhere near your final result and with about three months time you will start to see your true outcome. That being said I would not be too worried about your outcome until then. Many patients feel that they are larger after the breasts implants drop.

Jaime Perez, MD
Breast Augmentation Specialist
Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa

Jaime Perez, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

Why do large implants look small in me?

It is WAY too early to even think about what your final result will be.  There is muscle spasm ( I am assuming under the muscle based on pics) compressing the implants, they are still high, and a bit amorphous looking at this point.

As the implants drop, they will fill in, look more natural, and fill in, despite the resolving edema.  This coincides with the resolution of the muscle spasm.

It is also very important for me to stress that there is no uniformity in the sizing of bras.  There is also no such thing as a full C or a small C.  We all talk about these things, but bras are not sized this way.  In fact, the more you pay for a bra, the larger the cup size tends to be.

I think you will hit your target.  I also would suggest to you, as I do to all my patients, it is more important to focus on how you feel about how you look, rather than what a bra says your size is..

sek

Cup Size After Breast Augmentation

Your breasts will not get bigger with time. It appears as though your surgeon did a nice job. Over the next few weeks to months the swelling will dissipate and your breasts will likely settle into a very nice result.

A specific implant volume does not necessarily correlate to cup- size. The amount of breast tissue you had to begin with  plays an important role in post operative breast augmentation size. And as I tell my patients, cup sizes aren't standardized anyway. So what may be a C-cup for one bra manufacturer, may actually be a D-  cup for another.

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