What Size Breast Implants Should I Get? How Big Should I Go?
Breast Implant Size & Weight
Size. This is why the vast majority of us
have breast augmentation, because we want to
increase our size and/or have our breasts more
proportionate to the rest of our bodies. This
can be very distressing, because we tend to
obsess over getting the perfect size, which is
completely understandable. Some women worry
about going too big, while others worry about
not going big enough. Having realistic
expectations regarding size is a must. You would
not want to attempt to go too large, because
doing so could lead to serious complications,
which will result in more surgery, more recovery
time, and last, but certainly not least, more
money. A good doctor will not push the limits of
your body by trying to force a (too large)
breast implant into your body.
How to Choose the Right Breast Implant Size
When consulting with a plastic surgeon, it is
wise to take photos into the consult. The
photos should depict how you want to look after
surgery. Keep in mind that everyone’s
anatomy is different, so you will not look
exactly like the photos you show your surgeon.
However, these photos will give the surgeon a
very good idea of the SIZE you want to be.
You may be thinking that all you need to do is
tell your surgeon what cup size you want to be.
The thing you have to keep in mind is that your
idea of a particular cup size and and your surgeon’s
idea of a particular cup size may vary.
Additionally, going into a consult and saying
you want “x” amount of cc’s is also not wise.
If the surgeon agrees to give you the amount you
request, you may wind up with larger breast or worst smaller breast than
you had intended.
There are other things to consider when trying to
decide upon what size you want to be after
surgery, some of which are listed below.
- Natural or Fake. “Natural” means having a natural look after surgery. ”Natural” means that the breast has a natural slope. It can also mean that the size you are after surgery is a size that you would look natural on your body. “Fake” refers to a breast size that would never pass for anything “natural”, and/or “round” shaped breasts. Some women like a look that’s sort of in between the natural and fake looks. There’s nothing wrong with having a look that’s natural, fake, or somewhere in between. Each woman is different.
- Your lifestyle. If you are very active, involved in sports, yoga, etc.,you may want to consider this when choosing a size, as larger implants may “get in the way.” This is not a problem for everyone, but it should definitely be taken into consideration when deciding on a size.
- Risks. The larger the implant, the bigger the risk of complications,
such as bottoming out. You can learn more about risks here.
Typically, implants do not appear as large as
natural breasts. For instance, if, after your
breast augmentation, you wear a D cup bra, you
will most likely appear more like a C cup in
Implants can be easily camouflaged or
accentuated by the clothing you wear.
Loose-fitting shirts and tops tend to hide
larger breast sizes. Basically, anything
that isn’t form-fitting can disguise your actual
size. Knit tops, or anything” stretchy”,
will accentuate your breasts. The same is
true for heavy knits, v-neck tops, and some
“Trying on size” prior to your consultation with
your plastic surgeon is a very good idea. If
you’re very flat-chested, ANYTHING seems big,
but you will be amazed at how quickly you adjust
to the new, larger size. It also gives you an
idea of what you’d like to look like, as well as
a rough idea of how many cc’s it may take get
that result. You can try the
Rice Test, which is a “do it yourself” sizing
method. It’s not 100% accurate, but it’s pretty
Determining Bra Size & Cup Size
This is yet another difficulty that we run into
after the surgery. Studies show that the vast
majority of women wear the wrong bra size. You
may think that bra shopping will be easier after
breast augmentation, but this is not always the
case. Bra sizes run differently according to
style and manufacturer. For example, if you buy
a 34D bra from Victoria’s Secret, this does not
mean that you will always wear a 34D in all of
their bras. The same is true for other manufacturers.
Implants tend to be wider than a “natural”
breast, therefore, many of us will need to wear
a D cup, simply because the width of a C cup bra
If it does not work for you, you may
want to go to and be measured by a professional,
though this does not always work either.
To use the chart below, you will want to measure
each breast. Use a soft tape measure to do this.
Start where the breast starts at (near the
side/armpit), and measure all the way across the
fullest part of the breast to where your breast meet
in the middle. The fullest part of the breast is usually
the nipple, but not always.
You will also want to measure the circumference your ribcage. Do this by measuring just below the breast, in the area of the crease. Measure all the way around. This is your ribcage measurement.
If your ribcage measurement is an odd #, add 5″
to get your band width. Example: 29″ ribcage +
5″ = 34″ band. If your ribcage measurement is an even #, add 4″ to get your band width. Example: 28″ ribcage +4″ = 32″ band.
Bra Size Chart
11.5″=Full E34″ band
12.5″=Full E36″ band
13.5″=Full E38″ band