More than 17.7 million people undergo cosmetic surgeries every year in the U.S. Some of the most common procedures include blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, liposuction, and abdominoplasty.
What’s the number one cosmetic surgery? Breast augmentation. In 2018 alone, more than 320,000 people underwent the procedure.
Are you thinking of getting implants? Want to learn more about the different breast implant size options? Well then, you’re at the right place.
We’ll be going over all the essentials in our guide below—so be sure to read until the end!
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Breast Size
‘What size implants should I get’? The answer is—it depends. For starters, the breast size should match your frame. For example, if you’re a petite person, you’ll want to avoid large or wide implants.
Your body shape matters as well. If you’re curvy, you’ll be able to get away with much larger implants. The opposite is also true; those who are thinner should opt for smaller breast sizes. The last thing that you want is to get oversized implants as that’ll only make you seem off-balance.
Then there’s age. Generally speaking, younger women can get larger breast implants as their skin is more elastic (remember, your skin must stretch over your new implants).
Breast Augmentation Size Options
Breast implant sizes are measured by volume or ‘cc’s’—not cup size. Why? Cup sizes aren’t standardized. What’s considered to be a B cup for one manufacturer might only be an A for another.
As far as actual sizes go, implants for breast augmentation usually range from 125cc to 1200cc (any higher will be too large for most women of average build). The width of the base varies as well from around 7.3cm to 17.2cm.
To get a general idea of what size breast implants you need, you can do the ‘rice test.’
Find an old pair of nylon stockings and cut off a small strip from the leg section. Tie a small knot in one end and fill the stockings with rice. More specifically, you want to measure 1/8 cup of uncooked rice for every cc of volume that you want to try.
Tie off the other end when you’re done and place the sealed bag into your bra and wear them for a day. That should give you an idea of what a particular breast implant size is like.
Don’t like how they feel? You can always dump out the rice and re-measure a different ‘size’ to try.
Understanding the Different Breast Implant Size Options
There are many breast implant size options to choose from. At the end of the day, it depends on various factors such as your body type, body shape, and age. When in doubt, consult with a plastic surgeon—they’ll be able to determine the best size for you.
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