Breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters or cc3—the higher the number, the larger the implant. Most implants can hold at least 400 ccs of filler (sometimes more), and about every 150 to 200 ccs equates to an increase of approximately one to one-and-a-half cup sizes. To determine the ideal implant size for you, the width of your breast needs to be taken into consideration.
According to Washington, D.C., plastic surgeon Scott Spear, MD, the majority of women who undergo augmentation desire breasts that sit high on the chest to fill any empty space that may exist.
“It’s important to take into consideration the implant size that your breasts are physically able to withstand. Not everybody is built to accommodate large implants,” says News Orleans plastic surgeon Kamran Khoobehi, MD, which is why there is a risk of long-term problems with oversized implants, such as:
- Tissue, fat and muscle thinning
- Pressure atrophy
- Bottoming out
- Rippling, wrinkling and ridges
Moderate-profile: Implants with Minimal Projection
These implants give a small amount of projection and don’t stick out from the chest as much.
Advantage: Good for wide chests.
Disadvantage: Minimal projection.
Moderate-profile Plus: Universally Flattering Implants
Project more than moderate implants but not as much as high-profile implants, and are slightly tapered.
The advantage: Good for naturally small, narrow chests; don’t create excessive width on the side.
The disadvantage: Can ripple and put pressure on the breast tissue.
High-profile: Implants for Maximum Projection
These give ample projection and fullness. High-profile implants are narrow with a small base so they project more.
Advantage: Give good cleavage and some lift; believed to ripple less.
Disadvantage: Can give too much fullness at the top of the breast, causing a fake look.
With so many different types of implants available, it’s important to know the right terminology when it comes to discussing shape and size with your doctor.