Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibilityIntroduction to C Cup Breast Implants - Expert 2024 Guide

Introduction to C Cup Breast Implants - Expert 2024 Guide


    C cup breast implants are popular for women seeking fuller, curvier breasts. They provide a moderate size increase — typically 300 to 350cc — to create enhanced shape and cleavage compared to A or B cup breasts.

    In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know about C cup breast augmentation surgery to help you decide if they’re right for you. You’ll learn how they compare to other implant sizes, implant types, surgical considerations, and more.

    Understanding Breast Implant Sizes

    Breast implant sizes can be confusing. While we reference bra sizes like C or D, surgeons measure implants based on cubic centimeter (cc) volumes. The cc volume determines the actual projected size of the implants.

    Here’s a breakdown of how C cup implant volumes compare:

    Measuring in Cup Sizes vs. Implant Volume (cc)

    Depending on your body type, the projected “C cup” volume typically ranges from 300 to 350cc. Bra cup sizes are just a general guideline — the actual cc volume matters more for determining implant dimensions. If you’re going from an A cup to a C cup, your cc will be greater than someone else augmenting from a B cup.

    Cs vs. Bs

    Compared to B cup implants that range from 250 to 300cc, C cup implants provide noticeably more fullness and cleavage with their greater projection. B cups aim for a subtle augmentation.

    Cs vs. Ds

    D cup implant volumes tend to start around 350cc and go up to 450cc. The larger cc volumes of D cup implants can cause back and shoulder pain. With C cup implants, you enjoy fullness with less strain.

    Natural Look vs. Enhanced Appearance

    While D+ cup implants move into the very enhanced appearance category, C cup volumes retain a natural look and feel. With strategic implant placement, C cups provide fullness while avoiding an overly augmented look.

    Why Choose C Cup?

    Women pursue C cup breast implants for various reasons:

    Proportional Appearance

    The moderate volume increase of C cup implants tends to complement a woman’s natural proportions. C cups help create an aesthetically pleasing balance between the bust and other features like the shoulders, waist, and hips.

    Physical Comfort

    Sometimes, women with larger implants experience neck, back, and shoulder pain. This is less likely with the lighter weight and projection of C cup implants. Patients can enjoy their new curves without discomfort.

    Popularity and Aesthetics

    Many patients want enhanced curves without going overboard. That being said, C cup is the most requested implant size. The full, yet natural shape achieved with C cups keeps this size implant in high demand.

    Who Is an Ideal Candidate for C Cup Implants?

    A few factors help determine if you’re an ideal candidate for C cup breast implants:

    Body Proportions and C Cup Sizing

    Women with smaller A or B cup breast sizes pre-augmentation tend to be excellent candidates. C cup implants can provide the moderate enhancement needed to balance proportions. C cups also work well for petite figures looking for subtle fullness.

    Personal Aesthetic Goals

    Patients seeking noticeable but not extreme enhancement are often happiest with C cup results. If you want to fill out tops better or have more cleavage but still retain a natural shape, a C cup might suit your goals.

    Health Considerations

    Since C cup implants don’t have very heavy proportions, they generally work for women in good overall physical health. Those with diabetes, an abnormal mammogram, or other health concerns should discuss with a qualified surgeon before they undergo breast augmentation surgery.

    Types of C Cup Breast Implants

    C cup implants come in different material types and implant shape options:

    Saline vs. Silicone

    Both silicone and saline implants come in C cup sizes. Saline often costs less but can show visible rippling. Silicone implants have a more natural look and feel but on average, cost more.

    Anatomical vs. Round

    Anatomical C cup implants have a teardrop shape that better mimics the slope of natural breasts. Round C cup implants provide fullness but don’t necessarily achieve a natural slope like anatomical options.

    Smooth vs. Textured Surface

    Most surgeons and patients prefer using smooth surface implants because they look and feel more natural thanks to their softer shell. It’s worth noting that textured implants have been associated with a rare lymphoma called BIA-ALCL. Around 1 in 30,000 patients get it [1].

    Placement Options

    Two common implant placement options are under the muscle or over the muscle:

    Submuscular (Under the Muscle)

    Placing the implants partially under the pectoral muscle provides a more subtle, natural contour. There’s also a lower chance of getting capsular contracture. However, this option involves more discomfort after surgery and a longer recovery.

    Subglandular/Submammary (Over the Muscle)

    Putting the implants above the muscle reduces discomfort after the surgery. Placing implants over the muscle will give you greater cleavage and avoid the “animation deformity”. Animation deformity may occur when implants are placed under the muscle. Muscle contraction may pull on  the skin and push the implant sideways. Patients also enjoy less implant movement when they exercise. But this placement option can make the implants look more obvious, especially on petite frames.

    Incision Techniques for C Cup Implants

    The incision approach impacts scarring and ease of implant positioning. 

    The three most common incision techniques include inframammary, periareolar, and transaxillary:


    The inframammary technique places the incision in the breast fold under the breast, leaving no visible scars on the breast. The inframammary approach has become popular because it is associated with a lower capsular contraction rate, however it can be more challenging for women with smaller breasts and weak or poorly defined inframammary folds.


    An incision around the bottom of the areola allows scars to blend into the pigmented skin. Scars heal nicely in this area. This method can sometimes affect sensation or ability to breastfeed, even after full recovery.


    With the transaxillary technique, the surgeon makes an incision in the natural fold of the armpit. Then, they tunnel through to create a pocket for the implant in the breast. This allows for no incisions on the breast itself using an endoscope to see the implant pocket from the armpit area. Patients don’t experience scarring on the breasts.

    Transaxillary is best for women who want to avoid any scars in the breast area. But the remote access point makes implant positioning more challenging compared to the other incision techniques.

    Potential Complications and Risks

    C cup breast implants are safe when you choose a reputable surgeon.

    But like any surgery, they can carry risks:

    Capsular Contracture

    The body forms a “glove” of scar tissue around the implant that tightens, potentially making breasts feel hard and misshapen. The risk is about 8-18% [2].

    Implant Rupture or Leak

    The implant shell can unexpectedly break. However, the chances of this happening are low with modern implant technological advances. Nonetheless over time the shell weakens. Implants need to be monitored and removal or replacement considered after 10 years

    Aesthetic Dissatisfaction

    Poor implant sizing or lack of communication with your surgeon may lead to disappointment with the final results.

    Choosing the Best Doctor for Your C Cup Implants

    Trusting the right surgeon is imperative for achieving the best results.

    Here are some key factors worth considering:

    Board Certification and Experience

    Make sure your surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Confirm they have ample experience specifically performing breast implant procedures. During your initial consultation, ask how many years they’ve done augmentations and around how many each year.

    Reviewing Patient Testimonials

    Read reviews from former patients online — Yelp, Google, and Healthgrades are great places to start. Look for consistent themes praising the surgeon’s artistic skill, caring bedside manner, willingness to listen, and ability to deliver natural-looking results. Beware of doctors with multiple negative reviews.

    Analyzing Doctor's Previous Work (Before & After Photos)

    Do your research and study multiple examples of the surgeon’s C cup implant results. Ensure the “after” breasts have a proportionate, aesthetic enhancement and not an artificially bolted-on look.

    The right surgeon will deliver beautiful, proportionate outcomes tailored to your unique anatomical characteristics and aesthetic goals.

    Post-Surgery Care and Recovery

    The initial recovery period after your C cup breast augmentation procedure is paramount for proper healing and stunning results.

    Expect to take it easy for the first 3-5 days after surgery. Have someone available to help with meals, household chores, driving, and childcare so you can focus on resting.

    Swelling, bruising, tenderness, and general discomfort are normal. Follow all instructions from your surgeon about wound care, activity restrictions, and medications.

    Most patients return to driving in a few days and can return to desk jobs within a week.. At this point though, you still shouldn’t do  strenuous movements. Listen to your body — don’t rush your recovery by pushing activity too soon.

    Below are more tips to help you heal:

    • Don’t lift anything heavier than a 5 pounds for 4-6 weeks

    • Take medications as prescribed to manage pain and prevent infection

    • Avoid sleeping on your stomach — back and side sleeping are better

    • Drink plenty of fluids and walk short distances every day to prevent blood clots

    • High protein diet and supplement with multivitamin containg essential minerals

    • Wear recommended surgical bras and dressings as directed by your surgeon

    Frequently Asked Questions About C Cup Implants

    How long do C cup implants last?

    With no issues or complications, breast implants can last for 15-20 years or longer. As long as there are no ruptures or other problems, implants don’t need to be replaced on a set schedule. It’s important to learn from your surgeon how to monitor your breast implants.

    Can I still breastfeed after getting C cup implants?

    Most women can still successfully breastfeed after breast augmentation. But it may be better to wait until after this stage of your life to get implants if you’re expecting soon. Discuss plans and concerns with your surgeon.

    How can I minimize visible scarring from C cup implant surgery?

    You can minimize scarring by trusting an experienced, board-certified surgeon. They’ll guide you about what to expect and share detailed post-op care instructions for you to follow. Use recommended scar treatment products to help the scars fade.

    Cost and Financing Options

    Since C cup breast implant surgery is an elective cosmetic surgery, health insurance won’t cover it.

    The investment can vary based on factors like your:

    • Surgeon’s fee

    • Operating facility charges

    • Anesthesia expenses

    • Implant type

    • Medications

    • Post-op maintenance (like potential breast revision surgery)

    The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports the average surgeon's fee for  breast implant surgery to be $4,294 [3]. However, that doesn’t factor in the other expenses mentioned above.

    Fortunately, many plastic surgeons offer financing options to break the costs into more affordable monthly payments over a certain number of months [4].

    Take the following steps to help manage C cup implant costs:

    • Ask your surgeon if they offer any discounts for paying in cash rather than financing

    • Look into medical credit cards and loans with low interest rates and flexible repayment terms

    • See if you qualify for any breast implant manufacturer discounts through your surgeon

    Is C Cup Right for You?

    For many women seeking fuller breasts without going overboard, C cups are an excellent choice. With realistic expectations about the procedure, recovery, and outcome, C cup breast augmentation can help you achieve your body goals.

    In the LA area? Schedule a consultation with Burbank Plastic Surgery to see if C cup boobs are right for you. With 26 years of experience and over 12,000 procedures performed, Dr. Orloff and his team boast an impressive track record of unparalleled patient results.


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    2. What is capsular contracture and how can it be treated?, American Society of Plastic Surgeons

    3. How much does breast augmentation cost?, American Society of Plastic Surgeons

    4. Plastic Surgery Loans: How to Pay for Your Procedure, LendingTree