One of the most difficult decisions that you will have to make after deciding to enlarge your breasts is what size of implant to choose. Many factors go in to your decision about the look that you want to achieve. Of course you want to rely on the advice of an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, but ultimately you have to make the final decision.
Easy Test Methods
The Rice Test– This simple and effective test is one that you can do in privacy at home and is one of the best methods. It involves filling a non-Ziploc plastic storage bag with a measured amount of rice, placing the bag into your bra until you have the look that you are comfortable with, and converting that amount to cc’s of the implant. cc’s or cubic centimeters is the unit of measure used to measure volume. (See the conversion table below.)
1 cup = 236cc
1/2 cup = 118cc
3/4 cup = 177cc
1/4 cup = 59cc
1/3 cup = 78cc
2/3 cup = 156cc
1/8 cup = 30cc
Placing the Device Into Your Bra- This is a common method used by many Plastic Surgeons however it is not nearly as accurate as the Rice Test. The device does not conform to your Breast shape and does not accurately show what it look like after augmentation once inside your body. Best results are achieved by placing clothing over the implant and bra, gently pressing down on the top to make the lower part bulge and checking your dressed profile from the side in a mirror.
View Before and After Picture on your Doctor’s and Manufacturer’s Websites– Most doctors who do Breast Augmentation have Before and After pictures either in their office or on their website. These can be helpful for you especially in evaluating the quality of the doctor’s results and his/her concept of what a pleasing and appropriate appearance is. It can also give you an idea of what various sizes look like on different women. Manufacturer’s websites such as Loveyourlook provide a very wide range of before and After Photos showing various results with actual volume records.
Ask friends who have had surgery to share their results-Close friends who have had this surgery are often willing to share their experience with you. Sometimes a really good friend will actually allow you to see her result and share her implant volume with you. This can be very helpful to you and your Plastic Surgeon in determining what result you are really looking for.
Other Important factors:
Size and appearance that you want to achieve? Do you want to have full large breasts so that your cleavage is a prominent feature of your appearance in or out of clothing? Do you only want to regain the firmness and fullness that you had before weight loss or having children? Are you an active person who exercises or runs frequently and just want a nicely formed small full shape that looks normal in running or exercise clothing? Do you just want to improve the shape of your breast to a more normal appearance and do not care to be much larger? These are very important questions to answer. Look at fashion magazines, health and fitness magazines, modeling photos and decide what look you hope to achieve.
Your Height, Weight and Body Type-These factors are also important in determining the size of implant that will be best for you. Petite women generally require a smaller volume than taller and larger women. The size of your Breast implant should blend nicely with your body for a natural non-operated look.
Your Natural Shape and Size-There is a wide variation in the natural shape of the Female Breast. Shape can be Ptotic (sagging), Tubular (constricted), atrophic (absent tissue), very small, average, and almost all women have asymmetry where one side is larger than the other. Experience and skill is required of your surgeon to achieve a natural look when different shapes are present. Some people require a Mastopexy or Lift. Very specific techniques are required to correct a Tubular shape. Your natural shape will have a very important influence on the size of the Implant that can be used on you.
Choose an Experienced Surgeon Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Finding the best Surgeon is very important. Most Plastic Surgeons do Breast Augmentation but fewer specialize in Cosmetic Surgery and have a great deal of experience in Aesthetic or Cosmetic Surgery. Do your homework and find a doctor that you are comfortable with, trust and who has a good reputation. Trust is essential before you undertake this step which can be a very happy experience which makes you feel better about your appearance.