While breast augmentation surgeries continue to be a sought-after procedure for women of varying ages, it is important to gain a better understanding of breast implants. The size of the implants will invariably influence how a woman appears and their daily lifestyle, including sports and activities.

First and foremost, it is highly important that a woman does her due diligence in terms of researching the right plastic surgeon. They must be board-certified in plastic surgery and specialize in surgeries of the breast.

As mentioned earlier, women seek this surgery at different ages and timeframes of their lives. For example, a woman in her twenties may want to increase the volume in her breasts, while others who have had children and breastfed, decide to have a breast lift and augmentation with implants.

It’s important to note here that a breast lift may not always need an implant. This decision is made between the doctor and the patient.

Despite the original aesthetic goals, this surgery will increase breast volume and projection. The goal for a plastic surgeon is to make certain that the augmentation improves a woman’s silhouette; in other words, balances her proportionately.

Breast implants are measured by cubic centimeters. The larger the implants, the greater the cubic centimeter numbers. Implants are filled with either silicone or saline, and its shell is almost always made of silicone.

So how many cubic centimeters does it take to go up a bra size? This popular question is answered with 150 to 200 cubic centimeters. When looking at breast implants, it’s difficult for a patient to determine by mere sight alone what size would be best. However, when she explains during a consultation she would like to increase her cup size by one or two, this can help a surgeon hone in on her aesthetic wishes.

Nevertheless, before deciding on what cubic centimeters is best, a doctor and patient must be mindful of the following:

  • The implants match the breast width
  • Implant size matches a woman’s lifestyle in terms of exercising and sports
  • The implants are proportionate with a woman’s frame and do not make her heavier in size

For some women, their reaction to getting an augmentation is to have larger, fuller breasts. But the best plastic surgeon will explain any risks that may be involved in going “too large.” A handful of these risks may include:

  • Atrophy caused by the weight of the implants
  • Muscles and tissues start to thin out
  • Stretch marks caused by the implant weight
  • Large implants may cause a rippling appearance
  • Bottoming out from the implant weight

And more…

There are instances where a woman decided to undergo a drastic augmentation with very large implants, and within a year, decided to replace them with a lower cubic centimeter number. If a patient waits too long to replace them and the skin is stretched, a breast lift may need to be implemented with the new augmentation procedure.

Plastic surgery is a personal decision, especially that of a breast augmentation. Much thought and consideration must be made, and working with a skilled plastic surgeon is essential.


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