Guest post by Dr Stephanie Power from Power Plastic Surgery. Dr. Power personally performs all surgeries and non-surgical procedures in her practice. Every aspect of pre-operative planning is discussed between patient and surgeon. Every follow up visit is also performed by Dr. Power alone. There are no patient care coordinators or nurse injectors. Each patient is given Dr. Power’s contact information post-operatively and encouraged to call her directly if concerns arise at any time. Her focus is optimizing patient care and safety to achieve the best plastic surgery results.
Choosing a Size for Your Breast Implants
You probably think you know what bra size you want to wear. But there are just a few problems with that. For one thing, bra sizes vary across manufacturers, so you won’t consistently be at that size. Another issue is that the size you’re thinking of may look unnatural on your body. The final issue is with that of implant manufacturers. Implants are measured in cubic centimeters, not bra size. Breast implants are varied in size, shape, and even location in your breast!
For these reasons, you’re going to have to think outside the box a little when you’re determining how big you want your implants to be.
Relevance to Your Body Size and Shape
Instead of thinking in terms of cup size, you should think about how you want your body to look when the operation is complete. In order to achieve the aesthetic look you want, you first need to know how natural you want your breasts to appear. Do you care if they look obviously fake, as long as they’re big and fabulous? Or would you prefer a more muted look, as long as it looks like you were born to have them? Perhaps you’d like to find a happy medium between the two.
There are a lot of factors when it comes to determining your ideal size:
“You’ll want to consider your body frame, height, weight, shoulder width, hip width and current breast volume when you’re choosing an implant. As you increase in size you will need to use a larger implant to maintain proportion (with the exception of starting breast volume of course.) So if you are 5′ tall and petite, you will typically need a much smaller implant than if you are 5’9” with broad shoulders and wide hips.”
A short list of the factors that will play into your final decision:
1. “Body shape and size
2. Existing (or natural) breast size and shape (breast anatomy)
3. Desired look – natural or fake
4. Amount of sagging or drooping (ptosis) of existing breasts
5. Amount and integrity of natural breast tissue
6. Lifestyle and physical activity”
And if your breasts are uneven, then your implant sizes are almost certainly going to be different for each side.
Questions for Yourself
Before you go running to your friends for their opinion, just remember that beauty is subjective. There’s any number of things that they could say you should do, but your decision is for yourself. If their ideal is DD breasts, but all you want is a C, then you should go with your C. And your friends may even tell you that you look perfect the way you are! They’re probably not wrong, but it’s your self-esteem that matters. If you find yourself feeling sad about your breast size every day, no amount of pep talks can change that.
Here are some other questions you should ask yourself:
1. How big should my breasts be?
2. Where on my chest should my breasts sit?
3. What shape should my breasts have?
4. What should my cleavage look like?
5. How pert should my breasts be?
6. Where should my scar be hidden?”
There are, of course, even more ways to determine what kind of size and shape you’d like for your implants to have. During your consultations with your surgeon, you should have a spare unpadded bra with you so you can see how sample implants would look on your body. You’ll get to look at implants of various sizes and try them out. It is important to note that you shouldn’t go, “Oh, my friend got a 150cc implant, so I should get that one since her surgery went so well!” For someone with a narrow chest, that implant will look small when compared to someone with a wider breast base diameter with the same size of implant.
Implants can be above or below the pectoralis muscle. Ones that are above the muscle will look a little smaller after the procedure. There are various complications that come with which placement you choose, so do your research! While you don’t want to start with photos, you can show your surgeon some pictures of people who have the proportions you’d like to shoot for. Pick photos of women who have a similar body frame as you: height, weight, bust circumference, and so on!
Another way of testing your potential future size is to do what is commonly referred to as the “rice test.” The various links in this article explain how to do it, but here’s a brief rundown of it: scoop rice into a bag or piece of pantyhose. Pick out a bra that you think will be in the size range you’re interested in. Then, place the bag inside the bra and allow the rice to fill the empty space between your breast and the bra. This will give you an idea of how you will possibly fill out a bra in that particular size. If that bra doesn’t work for you, try a different bra or different rice amounts until you find a size that fits your ideal breast appearance.
When it comes to choosing a size for your breast implants, remember to put yourself and your desires first. There is no one ideal size, so pick the one that you think will make you the happiest. Do your research and enjoy your beautiful new shape!
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Dr. Power completed her undergraduate degree with honors at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ, USA). She completed premedical courses while concentrating in Music and also achieved a Certificate in Musical Performance. Her fine technical skills as an Ivy League trained flutist and artistic background have translated into her plastic surgery practice.
She then completed her MD and plastic surgery residency at the University of Western Ontario (London, ON). She was the first plastic surgery resident to enroll in the UWO Clinician Investigator Program and completed an MSc in Medical Biophysics during her surgical training. Having achieved board certificationin Plastic Surgery (FRCSC, 2013), she moved to Toronto and completed two fellowships in Aesthetic Surgery and Trauma & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto. She subsequently opened her private practice at the prestigious 199 Avenue Road in Yorkville and maintains a busy reconstructive practice with a focus on skin cancer.