This is why the vast majority of women have breast augmentation, because we want to increase our size and/or have our breasts more proportionate to the rest of our bodies. This can be very distressing, because we tend to obsess over getting the perfect size, which is about not going big enough. Trying on size prior to your consultation with your cosmetic surgeon is a very good idea. If you’re very flat-chested, ANYTHING seems big, but you will be amazed at how quickly you adjust to the new, larger size. It also gives you an idea of what you’d like to look like, as well as a rough idea of how many cc’s it may take to get that result. You can try the Rice Test which is a do it yourself sizing method. It’s not 100% accurate, but it’s pretty close.
To do the rice test, do the following
Use thin socks/stocking, and fill them with the desired amount of cc’s. (cc conversions are available below). Once you have them filled, try them on under a sports bra. The sports bra is helpful, especially if you plan on having your implants placed under the muscle. The sports bra compresses the pretend breast implants much like the muscle will compress the real implants.
How to measure for cc amount / Rice Test
The conversions below, which are approximate, will help you when doing the rice test.
1/8 cup = 30cc
1/4 cup = 59cc
1/3 cup = 78cc
1/2 cup = 118cc
2/3 cup = 156cc
3/4 cup = 177cc
1 cup = 236cc
The amounts above can be used in different combinations to achieve the cc amount you desire.
It’s important to remember that you should not solely rely on cc amounts. For instance, if you like the way 400cc looks on one person, that does not mean that 400cc will give you the same look. This is due to several things, including, but not limited to: amount of breast tissue, shape of chest wall and weight to name a few. Basically, your existing breast tissue and anatomy dictate how many cc’s you will need. Therefore, you should do the rice test to give you an idea of how many cc’s you may need to get the size you want. Again, this is just a rough estimate, as the rice test is not an exact science.
Measuring your Bra Size ?
Measuring your ribspan:
To measure your ribspan, use a soft measuring tape. Measure from where the breast begins on one side (at the outer portion, toward the arm), all the way across the chest to where the breast tissue of the other breast ends. The measuring tape should be placed in the crease area of the breast. This is your ribspan measurement.
Ribcage measurements are taken in much the same way. The only difference is that you will measure all the way around your chest. Again, the measuring tape should be placed in the crease of the breast.
If your ribcage measurement is an odd #, add 5 to get your band width. Example: 29 ribcage + 5 = 34 band.
If your ribcage measurement is an even #, add 4 to get your band width. Example: 28 ribcage + 4 = 32 band.
Measuring cup size:
Using a soft measuring tape, measure from where the breast begins (in the cleavage area) to where it ends, towards the arm. This is your cup size.
Breast Implants: Placement and Incision Sites
The breast consists of milk ducts and glands, surrounded by fatty tissue that provides its shape and soft feel. Skin elasticity also contributes to breast shape. Factors such as pregnancy (when milk glands are temporarily enlarged) and the inevitable effects of gravity as you age combine to stretch the skin, causing the breast to droop or sag.
The breast implant can be placed either partially under the pectoralis major muscle (submuscular) or on top of the muscle and under the breast glands (subglandular) depending on the thickness of your breast tissue and its ability to adequately cover the breast implant. You should discuss with your surgeon the pros and cons of the breast implant placement selected for you.
The submuscular placement may make surgery last longer, may make recovery longer, may be more painful, and may make it more difficult to have some reoperation procedures than the subglandular placement. The possible benefits of this placement are that it may result in less palpable implants, less capsular contracture, and easier imaging of the breast with mammography. The subglandular placement may make surgery and recovery shorter, may be less painful, and may be easier to access for reoperation than the submuscular placement. However, this placement may result in more palpable implants, more capsular contracture, and more difficult imaging of the breast with mammography.
To permit the smallest possible incision, the breast implant is typically inserted empty, and then filled with saline. You should discuss with your cosmetic surgeon, the pros and cons for the incision site specifically recommended for you. There are three common incision sites: under the arm (axillary), around the nipple (periareolar), or within the breast fold (inframammary). If the incision is made under the arm, the surgeon may use a probe fitted with a miniature camera, along with minimally invasive (very small) instruments, to create a pocket for the breast implant.
This incision is most concealed, but is associated with a higher likelihood of inability to successfully breast feed, as compared to the other incision sites.
This incision is less concealed than periareolar and associated with less difficulty than the periareolar incision site when breast feeding.
This incision is less concealed than periareolar and associated with less difficulty than the periareolar incision site when breast feeding. ? Umbilical / endoscopic This incision site has not been studied and is not recommended.