Determining the best implant size for a breast augmentation procedure is crucial to achieving the desired result. Several factors come into play when selecting the right implant size, such as breast measurements, desired size, breast characteristics, tissue, and the chest wall.
To help you make an informed decision, we’ve compiled a guide that will assist you in selecting the ideal breast implant size.
Don’t Make Your Decision Based on Bra Size
While the surgeon can provide recommendations on the implant size that can achieve a specific cup size, it’s important to understand that implants and bra cups are measured differently.
Bra cup size is not an accurate way to measure breast size. It is imprecise because cup sizes vary between brands.
On the other hand, implants are measured in cubic centimetres (cc), and their sizes can range from 80 CC to 800 CC. Each 150cc to 200cc increase in breast implant volume is likely to give you a one cup size increase.
The Rice Test
The rice test is a simple and easy experiment to figure out the right size of breast implant in cubic centimetres. The goal is to help you adjust to the look and feel of larger breasts before you make a permanent decision.
To perform this test, you will need uncooked rice, a food scale or measuring cup, an old pair of nylon stockings or plastic baggies, and a fitted sports bra. Begin by cutting 12-inch stockings, excluding the foot part.
Tie a small knot at the bottom of one end. Next, measure the desired quantity of uncooked rice that you would like to use to fill the stockings. Fill the pantyhose with rice and tie off the top end.
Place the sealed bags full of rice into the bra and wear them as you go about your typical daily routine. Pay close attention to how they look and feel, allowing you to make an informed decision.
The Water Test
The water test is similar to the rice test, but instead of stockings and rice, a plastic bag and water poured from a measuring cup are used.
For either approach, it is recommended that you try on various tops and dresses over your newly created “breasts” to get a better sense of how you will look with the implants.
Make Your Sizing Appointment at Your Surgeon’s Clinic
An exclusive sizing session at your trusted cosmetic surgery clinic is the most reliable method to determine the perfect implant size.
This is generally considered the best way to determine the right size for you because your surgeon is right there besides you to answer any questions you may have.
Certain surgeons offer cutting-edge computer imaging technology to assist patients in the decision-making process. This involves capturing images of your breasts while providing a simulated visualisation of how you might look with different implant sizes.
The Bottom Line
When selecting your implant size, you need to consider the methods described in our blog. You shouldn’t choose a size just because it looks good on a friend or celebrity.
Instead, prioritise selecting a size that suits your needs and preferences. The process is personal, and you should consider your doctor’s suggestions. Your surgeon will help you make an informed decision.