How accurate is the rice test?
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How to Determine the Right Breast Implant Size
With the right breast impalnts and a skilled surgeon, your results can look very natural. Look at many, many before and after images to be sure you and your plastic surgeon share the same aesthetic sensibilities.
This test is not accurate and if you base on this, your results would not be as you expect. Try talking to your surgeon to use other methods to determine the size.
The Rice Test for Breast Implant Sizing
Using bra cup sizes is inadequate, because different manufacturers have different volumes associated with each cup size. A "C" cup with one brand bra does not have the same volume as a "C" cup in another brand. There is no uniform bra cup swing with bras.
By using the rice test (or other sizing techniques) the plastic surgeon can understand the volume his or her patient wants. In the end, the style implant should be picked based on this information and the patient's chest and breast geometry.
To put things in perspective, 25-35 cc is the size of a shot glass. This is a relatively insignificant difference in volume. Seek consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss further implant sizing questions.
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Rice test is only and approximation of breast implant size
Understand that the difference between a 375 cc and 400 cc is about a tablespoon and not very significant and often not visible.
If you feel too large to 400 cc then consider removing down to 350 cc which is a very nice sized implant but not as significant as a 400 cc
The shape of the implant is more important than just size!
Every physician has their own method to determine cup size. The best thing to do is to consult your plastic surgeon, as he has evaluated you and can give you the best advice.
Rice test to determine size?
How accurate is the rice test?
In my opinion, nothing will replace careful verbal preoperative communication with your plastic surgeon, preferably in front of a full-length mirror along with the use of as many "communication" tools” listed above.
In my practice, I use all of the above modalities and then use intraoperative temporary sizers to help determine the best breast implant size/profile to achieve a patient's specific goals as closely as possible. For this reason, I think it is helpful to have the entire range of breast implant sizes/profiles available in the operating room.
Achieving realistic expectations prior to proceeding to the operating room is also an important part of the preoperative communication process. Patients should be aware that the results of their breast augmentation will not necessarily match exactly what they are visualizing with anyone of the above-mentioned communication tools.
Given your questions and concerns, and given that your surgery is coming up soon, I would suggest that you schedule additional time to spend with your plastic surgeon. This additional time spent will be helpful in the communication process and in alleviating some of your anxiety.
Best wishes; hopefully you will be very pleased with the outcome of the planned procedure.