Choosing the Right Size Breast Implant Size for Your Body & Lifestyle

For many women, the decision to get a breast augmentation is a process that requires several different factors before reaching the final decision. One such factor that is often quite difficult is choosing the right size — not too large, not too small — for the implants. We know that breast size affects many aspects of a woman’s life, including her relationships, social interactions and overall physical well-being. We want to make sure that patients have the resources and guidance to choose the perfect implant size!

Here are some of the most important factors to consider and discuss with your surgeon before settling on what implant size to choose for your breast augmentation.

Body Measurements

We all know that bra cups are typically sized in A, B, C and up, but implants are measured in cubic centimeters — cc for short. For approximately every 150 to 200 ccs, the breasts will usually increase about one or one and a half cup sizes. That can vary a bit depending on your specific measurements and even the bra manufacturer, but it gives you an idea! You can always try on different sizes with specialized bras during your consultation to see how the implants look and feel on your body.

With such a large range of sizes, it’s important to realize that not every woman’s body type and breasts will be able to handle implants higher up on the scale. Your body type, including the width of your natural breasts and shape and size of the chest wall, will factor into the ideal size of implant to create the desired fullness, shape, and profile.

Your body type, including the width of your natural breasts and shape and size of the chest wall, will factor into the ideal size of implant to create the desired fullness, shape, and profile.

Body Shape & Frame

It should come as no surprise that larger breasts, whether natural or augmented, are heavy. This can take a toll on a woman’s entire body. Women with larger frames and/or stronger muscles are best equipped to handle large breast implants, but even they can be susceptible to issues. Choosing a too-large breast implant size can lead to fatigue, back and shoulder pain, and potentially even the need for a breast reduction.

Depending on your frame, a high, moderate, or low profile may work best. For those with a small frame, a high profile may be ideal because this option has a narrower width. While a low volume option may work for those with broad shoulders and a larger frame to create an even proportion.

Lifestyle Factors

Now that we have covered several body-related factors to consider, it’s time to talk about lifestyle. For active women, athletes, or women with more physically demanding jobs, larger breast implants may not be ideal. It’s simple: the larger the breasts, the more tiresome and potentially painful it will be to carry the extra weight while working, running, lifting weights or playing a sport.

It’s also important for you to think about what kinds of clothing you normally like to wear, and if those items will be compatible with larger breast implant sizes. Augmentation will certainly affect how shirts, bras, swimsuit tops, and dresses fit, and additional procedures like lifts or reconstructions will affect things even further.

There’s a lot to think about when deciding on breast implant sizes! If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery and wondering if it’s right for you, we would love to see you at Donaldson Plastic Surgery. Dr. Donaldson will perform a personalized consultation that takes into account your specific anatomy and the results you’re looking for. He and his surgical assistant, Bobbie, will work with you to determine the best option according to your body shape. Call today to schedule a consultation and we can help make sure that you get the best results from your breast augmentation surgery.

As our patients know firsthand, the safety and well-being of our patients are always at the heart of everything we do.

You may have heard that Allergan, the makers of many silicone breast-implants, has recently issued a recall of one style of breast implant they provide. A recent publication provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detailed the uncommon incidence of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) and its relation to the Allergan textured breast implants. The recall specifically targets the BIOCELL® textured breast implants and tissue expanders.

Our practice does not use, nor has ever used, textured implants. We have only ever used smooth, round breast implants, so this recall does not affect our patients. Still, Drs. Donaldson and Sieffert recognize this recall as an opportunity to help educate our community about illnesses related to breast implants and to put worrying minds at ease.

If you have any concerns over this recall, please note that the condition is treatable when it’s diagnosed and treated early by a medical professional. Scheduling an ultrasound as soon as possible is recommended; however, our patients should not be affected by this condition.

Watch our above video of plastic surgeons Dr. Donaldson and Dr. Sieffert discussing the recall and their recommendations for patients who may be worried about the possibility of developing BIA-ALCL.

In addition, if you ever have any concerns about your breast implants or other cosmetic surgery procedures, contact the team at Donaldson Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Solutions.

Seen this morning on Columbus’ NBC4i, Dr. Donaldson explains breast augmentation procedure where the breast implants are positioned by going through the armpit leaving hidden surgical scars.

Reprinted from NBC4i:

When it comes to cosmetic surgery, breast augmentation is the number one procedure done in the US.

There were 289,000 done last year alone.

Doctors are always looking for better ways to perform the procedure — ways that give patients better results with less down time.

Plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson, of Columbus, spoke about what he’s doing.

“We’re doing endoscopic, transaxilliary breast augmentation. It’s positioning the breast implants through the armpits and under the muscle,” Dr. Donaldson explained.

Typically surgeons cut just under or on the breast, leaving a scar, but Dr. Donaldson’s procedure creates only a tiny scar in the armpit, leaving no visible scar on the breast.

“These scars are really well hidden, way up high in the armpits, so this surgery is appealing because it leaves the scars off the breasts,” said Donaldson.

First a small incision, about a half-inch wide is made.

Then space is created for the implant, and then he deflates the implant. The doctor then fills the implant with saline once inside.

The procedure costs about $5,000 and isn’t for everyone.

Dr. Donaldson said the ideal patient is young and looking for a natural look.

Patients will experience a week of swelling and bruising.

Small Breast ImplantsSome women want larger breasts, while others would prefer to simply improve their shape. The latter prioritize cleavage over cup size. For these women and others like them, getting small breast implants is a great way to finally have cleavage while also maintaining their current body type.

Small breast implants are not at all uncommon. In fact, many celebrities, businesswomen, models and moms have elected to get smaller implants in order to maintain a very natural look that is proportionate to their bodies.

When choosing breast implants, patients should try to think in terms of shape instead of volume.  During consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, measurements such as breast width and height, nipple position and inframammary crease location will be considered. The surgeon will also assess the shoulder-chest-waist-hip proportions, as well as height and overall body type (e.g., athletic) to help determine the best implant size for achieving the desired look.

Ultimately, small breast implants are a great choice for people who would like to augment their busts while also maintaining a natural look. Through an analysis of body dimensions, surgeons can recommend implant sizes that will allow patients to accomplish this goal. So, if you are interested in breast implants, you can stop focusing on cup size, start imagining your ideal shape, and visit a plastic surgeon!


*Earned by Dr. Donaldson