When it comes to choosing the right breast implant size for you there are multiple factors that are considered. Although many people tend to think that their bra size determines the breast implant size, this in reality is not right. Bra sizes are usually measured in A, B, C, D, E going upwards while breast implant sizes are measured in CCs.
CC stands for cubic centimetres which is used to measure breast implants such as 400CC and so on. Breast implants come in various sizes from about 80CC to 800CC. The base width also varies from around 7.4cm to 17.2cm. The higher the number of the cubic centimetres the bigger the breast implant size.
For every 150 to 200ccs the breast size usually increases about one to one and half cup sizes. This can vary depending on the bra manufacturer and the specific measurements. Not every woman’s body type and breasts is able to handle implants which are higher up on the scale. Factors to consider include width of the natural breasts, desired size and characteristics of the chest wall, tissue and breasts. These factors help in determining the ideal size of the implant so as to create the desired shape, fullness and profile.
There are three ways to help you in figuring out your implant size for breast augmentation. These are;
The rice test and the water test can be done at home.
The rice test is quite common when it comes to determining the implant size. To do the test, take a pair of old pantyhose then cut off a 12’’ strip. Avoid using the foot part. Tie a knot at the bottom end then measure and pour the preferred amount of uncooked rice into the pantyhose. Tie the top end of the pantyhose and do this twice, one for each bra cup.
The water test is almost similar to the rice test but instead of using a pantyhose and rice, a plastic bag and water poured from a measuring cup is used.
While doing this tests you should try on different tops and dresses over the ‘new’ breasts so as to see how you would look.
Determining your breast implant size at a clinic is the best way to do it. At the clinic you are offered a range of implant sizers which are basically real implants to put into your bra. At the clinic the doctor will be right beside you and he or she will be able to answer all the questions that you might have. You can also bring in a partner or friend during the sizing session to help you out. Also remember to carry the bra size that you are hoping to wear so as to have space for the sizers.
Computer imaging technology is used to help the patients in this process. Pictures of your breasts are usually taken and VECTRA which is a computer program shows you how you would look with various breast implant sizes.
To be the right candidate for a breast augmentation you should a fit person, know what you want and communicate effectively with the doctor.
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