When it comes to breast augmentation, a patient must be able to choose the most appropriate size of the implant. It is one of the most important decisions and the plastic surgeon must guide each and every one. It is critical not only to the success of the operation but as well as the safety of the patient.
I always discuss with my patients the different measurements that I use in order to determine the most appropriate implant. Oftentimes, I found them getting confused when it comes to the number of cc and how this will translate into a cup size.
The breast implants that are being used in augmentation surgeries are sized in cc, or cubic centimeters. This is a measurement of volume. Let’s say you desire a 400 cc implant, then there are 400 ml of volume in that particular implant.
However, I want my patients to understand the difference between different implant volumes and how this translates into a breast cup size. I have to know the aesthetic goal of the patient first and then I will perform assessment and examination in order to determine if 400 cc implants will fit your body nicely.
During the initial consultation, I show my patient a range of implant sizes. Together, we will choose the implant that will fit the best. For example, if a 400 cc implant fits best, your breast can handle 425 cc, 375 cc, etc. There is no difference in cup size if you choose an implant that is only 25 to 50 cc in difference. In other words, if you choose 400 cc or 425 cc, you are going to have the same cup size.
It will depend on the tightness of your skin and your breast tissue if your breast is going to look fuller on the top or less natural the more volume it has.
August 6, 2016
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