Choose Your Size

When choosing your size, remember that breast implants are measured in ccs—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 and tissue needs to be taken into consideration.

If you don’t have enough volume, a small implant can create fullness. To avoid the look of bony, wide-spaced cleavage, it’s important to take your natural breast width into consideration, which your plastic surgeon will measure, since cleavage, in general, greatly depends on the width of the sternum and shape of the chest wall. Keep in mind that even with an augmentation or a lift, some patients may still need to wear a bra that pushes the breasts up and toward the center to achieve the desired cleavage.

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, 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


In choosing the size of implants you want, you should also consider how you want your profile to look. 

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.

Advantage: Good for naturally small, narrow chests; don’t create excessive width on the side.

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.


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