When choosing the ideal size for breast augmentation implants, Ann Arbor and Jackson, Michigan women can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the numerous options they have. In an effort to narrow their choices, many collect photographs of celebrities’ or models’ breasts, or they ask their close friends what bra sizes they wear. After selecting a surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation, they must next decide on the size of their breast implants. Many Michigan patients of plastic surgeon Dr. Pramit Malhotra seek an enhanced-but-natural look, concerned about appearing “too big” after surgery. Some, however, actually prefer a more extreme profile. No matter what outcome you prefer, Dr. Malhotra has the skill, experience, and sensitivity to help you achieve amazing results.
Forget Cup Size for Breast Implants in Michigan: Choose a Look Instead
During the initial consultation with Dr. Malhotra for breast augmentation, the discussion always leads to the desired size of breast implants. Most of our Michigan patients have a preferred cup size in mind, but this can be notoriously inaccurate because bra sizes vary considerably from one manufacturer to another. A better starting point for discussing size of breast implants is photographs. Our Michigan patients are encouraged to bring to their initial consultation pictures of results they like.
We find that most patients want a look that is either athletic (small C cup), full (full C cup), or large (D to DD cup). Our most common augmentation size is what we call our “full-C-cup” look. To achieve these sizes, we offer our patients the three most common types of breast implants at our Michigan practice: gummy bear implants, silicone breast implants, and traditional saline breast implants.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Evaluate Your Anatomy
Approximately 80% of women have a slight asymmetry to their chests. Before consulting with Dr. Malhotra, most patients may not have noticed that asymmetry, which might also include a difference in breast fold height. Also, one breast can be larger or wider than the other. These asymmetries can be corrected by using a slightly larger implant in the smaller breast.
A person’s posture can also affect breast implant size. If a patient has a slightly stooped posture, we may use a slightly larger implant or a high-profile implant to bring the torso in balance. During your consultation for breast implants, before and after photos of our Michigan patients will illustrate how asymmetrical breasts are successfully adjusted with correct implant sizing.
Learn the Language of Sizing
We use standard sizing for breast implants in our Michigan office. It is measured in “cc’s,” or cubic centimeters. Use the following examples to help you visualize these amounts:
- 1 teaspoon = 5 cc
- 1 tablespoon = 15 cc
- 1 Coke can = 355 cc
Changing your size by 25 cc often seems significant during the sizing process, but if you imagine 5 additional teaspoons of fluid in an implant, then the change is really quite small.
One of the most difficult choices for patients is selecting the size of their breast implants. At our Michigan practice, we use a patented MENTOR Volume Sizing System, which makes a dramatic difference in helping patients choose with confidence. We have custom sizers that demonstrate possible outcomes. The patients can try on sizers under tank tops so they can see how their body shape and proportions will appear in clothes.
Good Communication for Breast Implants = Best Before and After Results
Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery specializes in breast augmentation and implants for Michigan women. We use a special 3-step process to help you choose the correct size for your breast implants. For the best before and after results, we urge you to clearly convey your likes and dislikes during your consultation. This is why we stress that good, open communication is a key ingredient for a successful outcome. We will ask about your goals, your work, and your family environment, as well as your athletic and beach activities, including running, frequent sun bathing, etc. We will also inquire about the views of your friends and family members regarding breast augmentation surgery.
This information will help us design an individual surgical plan just for you. In addition to helping us select the right size for your saline, silicone, or gummy bear breast implants, your honest information will help us determine the best placement and incision type to fit your needs and your Michigan lifestyle. We may make small alterations in our size recommendations to fit your specific needs, and in some cases we may suggest a breast lift surgery to complement your breast augmentation surgery.
I had a mini tummy tuck and breast implants. I am a nurse so I asked some friend who work in the operating room who they had seen operate. I was really happy with everything. My scar is very fine and my augmentation is very professional looking.*