For those considering breast augmentation, one of the most perplexing questions to answer is: What size breast implants should I choose? In truth, the answer is different for every patient, and the ultimate outcome is dependent on a number of factors.
Most importantly, size is determined by the look you want to achieve and your goals for breast augmentation surgery. The final decision is always up to you.
The good news: Sizing breast implants is often the most exciting part of the experience for every patient. With the help of your surgeon, you will be able to better envision the final result, using 3D imaging, and ultimately choose a size that will provide you with the look you want. To help you get started, here are a few things you should consider:
Measuring By Cup Size
Often, breast implant sizing is discussed in terms of cup size. This is an important consideration to make that will help your surgeon understand the look you want to achieve. But cup size is just one factor to consider.
Both the desired breast shape and fullness are other points that you should think about. Some patients want “upper pole fullness,” meaning a rounder shape at the top of the breast, while others prefer more volume in the lower half of the breast, for a more natural teardrop shape. Thinking about shape, as well as size, is a critical first step.
3D Breast Augmentation Imaging with Crisalix
Technology has made it possible to quickly visualize what the final result will look like. 3D imaging technology like the Swiss-designed Crisalix technology does just that. The platform uses photos of the patient to create a 3D simulation of what the final augmentation will look like. Variables like size and shape can be easily changed so that patients can visualize a range of sizes and shapes, as well as the incision location.
This technology has revolutionized the sizing process. Before, doctors tended to rely on breast implant sizers, which are inserts that are placed over the breast. These sizers, which are still used in addition to 3D imaging, can help you visualize how the implants will look in clothing.
During your sizing consultation, the surgeon will take precise measurements of your breast and chest. These are important for providing a shape and size range for the breast that will best complement the patient’s body. In general, women’s breast measure about 10 to 15 centimeters in width, and the breast implant should be slightly narrower or about the same width as the breast.
Additionally, patients are curious how breast implants will feel in regards to their lifestyle. For example, someone who lifts weights regularly requires their breast implants to be functional. Athletes may have different requirements, and this may limit sizing options. When you have your initial consultation with your surgeon, he or she can help you better understand the impact breast augmentation will have on your lifestyle.