Breast Implant Shapes and Sizes

breast implant shapes and sizes

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When you’re ready to undergo breast augmentation at Boutinic Aesthetics, one of the most important decisions during the process is choosing the right shape and size. During your consultation, you can discuss your options with a board-certified surgeon to ensure you achieve your desired results and are satisfied with your new appearance long-term.

Breast implant shapes

There are many different breast implant shapes to consider, depending on the type of look you want to achieve.

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Round Breast Implants

Round breast implants are one of the most common shapes and have the same dimension across the implant. The implant is spherical and contains a free-flowing material that allows them to feel soft. They’re an ideal shape if you want your breasts to appear round and fuller on the top part of the breast. Most patients benefit more from this type of implant.

Round implants are also available with textured or smooth surfaces. Textured implants are proven to stay in place more and are less likely to shift compared to implants that are manufactured with smooth surfaces.

Round breast implants have less laxity and are not as firm in their overall shape compared to teardrop implants. For those who want smaller implants, round implants may not be ideal because they tend to look larger and more voluminous.

Anatomical breast implants or teardrop shape

Anatomical breast implants have a teardrop shape that allows them to appear more natural. They offer less fullness on the top of the breast and provide more fullness for women with a loose skin envelope and more fullness for women with a tight skin envelope. 

A good example of anatomical implants is the MemoryShape® breast implants from Mentor®, one of the leading breast implant providers in the United States.

This type of implant offers many benefits but is known to be less pliable and isn’t able to pass through a smaller opening when they’re inserted into each breast. This means they’re not always able to be inserted through an incision in the armpit or the areola. They don’t fit all types of breasts well and are more ideal for patients with broad shoulders and breasts that sit lower on the chest.

Teardrop shape implants have a higher price tag due to their natural appearance and are not as affordable as round implants. Because they appear smaller than round implants, they may not be ideal for women who want a larger chest and have a larger frame.

Breast implant sizes

There are many different sizes to review and consider when selecting the right breast implants while working with a board-certified plastic surgeon. There are multiple sizes available to accommodate different cosmetic desires and body types.

The dimensions of each size are based on a few main factors, including the implant volume, diameter, and profile.

Cup sizes A to B are the smaller sizes available in the industry and range from 250 to 300cc. Cups A to C range from 300 to 350cc, and A to D range from 370 to 430cc. Those who are desiring cup sizes B to D will have 250 to 350cc in each implant. Cup sizes B to D have 350 to 400cc, and B to DD have 400 to 450cc. Larger implants include C to DD and are 370 to 450cc. Cups C to E are significantly larger and have 450 to 550cc. Cup sizes D to DD are also available with 300 to 400cc. The largest size of implants available for women who want larger breasts are cups D to E, which have 450 to 600cc.

Although there isn’t an implant size that works best for everyone, you can determine the right size while discussing your goals and a few factors that relate to your physical appearance. Consider your torso size, body frame, cleavage goals, natural breast tissue, and skin elasticity. All of these factors will influence which type of implant will be most comfortable and will create the best results to ensure they complement your figure and size.

When you’re in the process of planning to undergo a breast augmentation, you may want to know if larger or smaller breasts are most ideal. Each has a few pros and cons that must be considered.

Small breast implants are ideal for women with smaller frames and are known to have a more natural shape and texture. They keep more of your natural tissue and have a natural texture that is much softer. When you choose small implants, it means there will be fewer stretch marks on your skin because the skin doesn’t have to stretch as much to accommodate the added volume.

Additionally, smaller implants require smaller incisions, which offers more placement options and a lower risk of scarring. This also leads to a quicker recovery process and less pain and discomfort, making it easier to return to work and resume physical activity sooner with less downtime required.

Larger breasts are ideal because they can complement the unique contour of your body and create a curvy, hourglass figure. They add more volume to the breasts and are ideal for taller women with broader chests. This can allow you to achieve a more glamorous and enhanced bust and fill in more types of clothing.

There are a few drawbacks of opting for larger implants, which include how they can impede your ability to perform different types of tasks or physical activities. They also lead to a heavy load, which can lead to minor back strain in some individuals. They may also occasionally require surgery in the future to tighten surrounding breast tissue and maintain their appearance.

Determining Factors in Breast Implant Size

Volume – The size of each implant is determined by its volume, which is influenced by the milliliters and can range from 300cc – 400cc to 100cc – 800cc.

Base width – The base width is the main measurement from one side of the breast to the other side and the horizontal measurement of the implant.

Projection – This factor involves how much the breasts extend out from the chest.

Breast implant sizes chart

The sizes of implants vary in ccs and include small, medium, large, and extra large. Smaller implants range from 150 to 200cc, and medium implants have a range of 300 to 350cc, which is the most popular size. Large implants are considered to be anything that exceeds 400ccs. In countries like Australia, large implants can also be as high as 800cc.

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Cup sizes allow you to determine the specific aesthetic you’re looking to achieve with a breast augmentation. Every 150cc to 200cc of breast implant volume will increase the breast size by one cup.

This requires working with your plastic surgeon to consider your height and overall build to ensure the implant size is appropriate for your figure and appears natural and proportionate. Taller, larger patients can benefit from larger implants, whereas women with smaller and more petite figures can be complemented with smaller implants that have less volume. This will also prevent excess shoulder or back pain from developing once the implants are inserted.

It’s important to remember that the implant sizes tend to vary with the different implant brands available in the industry. The plastic surgeon will rely on precise measurements of your breasts to ensure the right implant is used.

Dr. Ernesto Torres

Dr. Ernesto Torres

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Dr. Ernesto Torres specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery in Miami, FL


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