“What implant size is best for me?”

This is one of the most frequently asked questions that plastic surgeons receive, both in the office and online.  Other variations of this question are, “How many cc’s do I need to go from an A cup to a C cup?”, and “I’m petite, what’s the largest implant size I can get?”.  Of course, there’s no simple answer to these questions.  The ideal implant size for a given patient is entirely dependent upon her breast measurements, specifically, the base width of the breast, the amount of skin stretch, and the distance from the nipple to the base of the breast.  These three measurements provide your surgeon with so much information about which implant will predictably fill your breast tissue, without going too small, or overdoing it and making you too large.

On the other hand, if you want an obvious look (you can probably think of a few women in Hollywood who chose this route), you should let your surgeon know.  What’s the downside of going too large?  Your tissues will be stretched out, and may not be able to sustain the weight of very large implants.  Over time, your breasts may drop.  If you have very large implants removed, your breast tissue may not be able to “rebound” back to its original shape, leaving you with stretched out skin.

For more information, I suggest “The Best Breast”, by Dr. John Tebbetts.  This book was written specifically for patients, and is available at Amazon.  It is an easy and informative read that covers every aspect of breast augmentation surgery from the patient’s point of view.