Breast Implant Size Guide 2023
Choosing the size and shape of your silicone breast implants is a very personal decision. While we offer suggestions on what would be the best for you based on what you want from your surgery and your body proportions, choosing exactly how you want your breasts to be may seem like a daunting prospect, but it doesn’t need to be. Let's show you everything you need to know about the right implant size so you can choose one that reflects you and your needs.
What Is the Most Common Breast Implant Size?
When understanding the breast implant size for you, you need to select the shape, volume, and implant profile that suits your unique body. Breast augmentation professionals work in what is known as cubic centiliters (cc), and as bra manufacturers only deal in cup sizes, it's important to know the right breast implant size for you based on your bra size.
Typically, the most common breast implant size ranges between 300cc and 500cc.
400cc tends to be the single most common implant.
300cc to 360cc size implants are typically enough to give women a fuller shape without significantly altering their frame.
If you are considering breast augmentation, you will need to consider a number of factors, such as body size and weight, current breast shape and measurement of your breasts, and the characteristics of your chest wall and breast tissue.
What Are the Smallest Breast Implant Sizes?
Breast implants usually start around 125cc, but in rare circumstances can go down to 80cc and can provide some of the following benefits:
Smaller implants can improve the appearance of breast augmentation, as a subtler breast implant can provide enhancement without changing their shape dramatically.
Smaller breast implants usually mean a smaller scar, greatly reducing the potential for breast-related concerns like back or neck pain.
Smaller breast implants are suitable for women looking for a more natural-looking breast augmentation or want smaller breasts because of practical circumstances in life, for example, so they can exercise or find the appropriate bra size.
What Are the Largest Breast Implant Sizes?
Different patients have different needs when it comes to breast enlargement, and the largest implant sides are generally considered to be an increase of 800cc or more. The largest breast implant size that can be approved by the FDA can go up to 800cc in size, which covers silicone gel breast implants and saline breast implant shells, with the latter being more common with large breast augmentation procedures as saline implants can be inserted during the procedure and filled up to the desired size later on.
What is the Average Size Breast Implant?
The most common implant size used can range from between 200cc to 850cc. As breast implants come in almost any size and shape, the sizing process is critical, and should take into account individual proportions, such as shoulder width, rib cage shape, hip width, breast width, and the circumference waist-to-hip ratio.
What is the Best Way to Compare Breast Implant Sizes?
When you are determining the right breast implant size for you, there are a few things to bear in mind. Because bra manufacturers don't work in cubic centiliters (cc), you need to understand the general rule of thumb of how much your cup size will increase based on your breast implants.
It usually takes approximately 200cc to increase breasts by one cup size, however, this depends on the bras you choose and how the manufacturer determines their cup sizes. When it comes to understanding how much you want to grow in your cup size, the following proportional measurements can help inform your decision:
How to Choose the Right Breast Implant Size for You
Several factors go into choosing the right breast implant size for you. It is always your choice, but here are a few factors you should consider:
Don’t Think According to Your Bra Cup Size
We've already shown you how much of an increase it can be when you go up a cup size, but it's not an exact science because of the bra manufacturer. Instead of basing your goals on the size of bra you would like to wear, we encourage patients to understand the cc measurement and try out a number of different profiles and sizes that will have a better impact on the final result.
Look at the Type of Implants on Offer
Breast augmentation comes in different profiles and a variety of shapes, with the most common being teardrop or round. A teardrop implant is the natural shape of the breast, and round implants are round in shape. Understanding what will work best for your body is going to ensure you make the right decision the first time around.
Get to Know Your Body Better
The initial consultation will involve a lot of questions based on what you are looking for, and when it comes to choosing the ideal breast implant size, you need to get to grips with your body. Measurements will be taken, including body frame, weight, height, shoulder width, and current breast volume, which all are taken into consideration when choosing the right breast implant.
Think About Your Lifestyle
Breast implants are there to augment your life as well as your body. It should not stop you from living the life you want. Sharing all of your hobbies with your doctor can ensure the implants you settle on are not going to hinder your ability to carry out your daily activities. A very good example is when it comes to something like exercising, and many athletic patients have had a breast enlargement and reduction procedures without experiencing discomfort or difficulty.
Know Your “Why”
Some people choose breast augmentation as a way to accentuate their breasts, but others are not looking to draw more attention to themselves. People choose breast implants for a number of reasons. Whether you want to feel more confident on the beach or you want people to treat you with more respect, the right breast implant size will give you confidence and credibility in the right ways.
Know How Much You Can Afford
Ultimately, when it comes to the right breast implant size, it’s important to understand the overall costs. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost of breast augmentation surgery is $4,516, but can range between $3,600 and $9,000. You may be eager to get a breast implant, but there are a number of factors that influence how much you will pay, such as the type of implant, surgery fees, and much more.
Will My Plastic Surgeon Recommend a Breast Implant Size?
Your doctor will recommend a breast implant size, but this is based on many factors including your body measurements and your personal goals. It is your decision, but the doctor is a professional that understands the entire process of creating something that makes you feel more comfortable in your skin. During the consultation, they will ask you what your goals are and they will work with you to give you the desired outcome that is not just about size but about substance and practicality.
Can I Change My Breast Size Later?
If you have opted for breast implants and you have loved the results for a long time but you decide that either your implants now feel too big for your body or you are not satisfied with the results, it is possible to change your breast size later, but it's important to remember that the procedure is not as simple as swapping the breast implants for a smaller or larger size.
It is possible to downsize or upsize later on but you have to remember that the consultations you've had with the doctor were to determine the appropriate size based on several factors, including your personal goals and your body shape. People change their body sizes and it’s nice to know that it is possible to go back and make the appropriate changes to reflect who you have become.
Ensuring you go in with the right understanding of the breast implant size that suits you will guarantee a more satisfactory process for everyone. If you want to find out more information, you can book a consultation at Burbank Plastic Surgery to create a bespoke treatment plan and find the right breast implant size for your needs.