One of the most common questions Plastic Surgeons get is,”How do I choose the best breast implants?” While more often than not, this is in reference to size, there are multiple aspects to consider. The most important thing to remember is that you are not on your own. Your plastic surgeon should have a wealth of experience in this area, and they can help simplify and reassure you in your selection.
Breast Augmentation remains the most popular Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedure.
In my San Francisco Plastic Surgery office I depend on my patients to provide me with a clear idea of the size they want, and they depend on me to help them select the details that are most likely to give them a happy result. Let’s review some of the details.
Breast Implant Size
The amount of augmentation is determined by the volume of the breast implants. If you are looking for a particular cup size, the amount of volume needed will depend on many factors including:
The amount of breast volume you have before augmentation
Which bra you wear – Each manufacturer has a different definition of cup size.
The fullness you wish to achieve
The tightness of your chest skin and muscles
The shape of your breasts
The width of your chest
For the best results, do your pre-breast augmentation homework. Buy a bra the size you want to be. Stuff it. Wear it. Try it with different clothes. The clearer your goal, the easier it will be to communicate to your Plastic Surgeon and to achieve your ideal breasts.
Breast Implant Profile
Choosing the right size for you is the most important aspect of Breast Augmentation.
Size matters, but so does shape. If you are trying to make a statement with your breasts, larger, high-profile breast implants will fill the breasts maximally. If you are considering proportionate breast augmentation, moderate profile breast implants may be more to your liking. If you are a marathon runner looking for a B-cup, low profile implants may provide enough augmentation to the breasts’ foundation to give you the shapelier breasts you desire.
Breast Implant Filling
Breast implants are filled with two materials: Saline and Silicone. While the majority of breast augmentation performed today is with smooth round silicone breast implants, sometimes, saline is a better answer. It is important to choose an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who can evaluate these options and help you determine what is most likely to work best for your goals.
Breast Implant Placement
The best breast augmentation is achieved by selecting breast implants that are proportionate to the chest.
Breast Implants can be placed in front of or behind the pectoralis major muscles. There are advantages and disadvantages to both positions. It is important that you know the differences and have guidance to select the placement which works best for you.
FDA Approved Breast Implants
There are currently three FDA approved Breast Implant manufacturers in the US. They provide many variations of sizes, shapes, filler and textures. While there are still some options that are not available, the options we have make it difficult to justify using a non-FDA approved breast implant. You should know exactly which implants your surgeon plans to use, and you should receive a card identifying those breast implants after your procedure. This is very important for warranty enforcement, breast implant replacement and for future breast implant maintenance.
Help Choosing Your Breast Implants
If you are considering Breast Augmentation, call my Walnut Creek Plastic Surgery office at (925) 943-6353, and schedule a private, confidential consultation appointment. I will go over your goals, your options and will use my greater than 20 years of experience to help you choose a plan that is best suited to your needs.
Massive weight loss will shrink our volume, but does not reliably shrink our skin. In the before and after pictures above, breast volume is restored with breast implants. Sagging breast skin is tightened with a breast lift. Excess abdominal skin is removed, and the belly bulge caused by stretched out abdominal muscles, is flattened by tightening the muscle sheath.
Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery is Plastic Surgery after Massive Weight Loss. Whether this is after a lifestyle change or after Bariatric Surgery, the amount of skin that persists after weight loss is often large and frustrating. This Post-Weight Loss Plastic Surgery Video reviews several of the most common treatments including: Lower Body Lifts, Tummy Tucks, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lifts and Arm Lifts. The results of Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery are illustrated and narrated in this video with before and after pictures, which describe and demonstrate what Board Certified Plastic Surgeons can do for the skin excess that often occurs after weight loss.
Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery Video
Extremity Tightening Procedures
The majority of skin tightening procedures performed after weight loss are for the trunk; however, the face, arms and legs can also develop excess skin. Face Lifts (Rhytidectomy), Arm Lifts (Brachioplasty) and Thigh Lifts can help with excess skin on the face/neck, upper arm and thighs. Below is an example of an arm lift.
Brachioplasty literally means arm changing. An arm lift can change the way an arm looks, feels and fits into sleeves.
Brachioplasty changes the arm by removing the excess skin that often hangs off the upper arm after weight loss. The skin is removed from the lower border of the upper arm, leaving a scar along the bottom of the arm. This is the only procedure that can remove large amounts of excess skin.
Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery Consultations
As an active member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons, post bariatric plastic surgery is an area in which I specialize.
The American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons was formed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeons specializing in skin tightening after massive weight loss.
When searching for an experienced post-weight loss plastic surgeon, be certain to look for a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is a Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Additionally, members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery specialize in the cosmetic side of plastic surgery, and members of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons demonstrate additional dedication to the cosmetic side of post-bariatric plastic surgery.
If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and want to learn more about your skin reduction options after weight loss, call (925) 943-6353, to schedule your private consultation appointment.
Breast Augmentation Lift combines the Breast Enlargement of Breast Augmentation with the firming and shaping abilities of a Breast Lift.
The desire for the Best Breast can be divided into two areas: The best size and the best shape. This Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift Video discusses combining a breast lift with a breast implant. The procedure allows your plastic surgeon to maximize your results when both shape and size need modification.
Breast Augmentation Lift Video (Mastopexy Augmentation)
This Body Beautiful video segment from the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4, reviews Breast Lifts combined with Breast Implants and illustrates the benefits of Augmentation Mastopexy with numerous Breast Aug Lift Before and After Photos.
The ideal breast size varies from patient to patient, and it is important to recognize that the more you do your homework in determining what size makes you happy, the easier it will be for your plastic surgeon to give you the result you desire. Most patients request a cup size in the C plus to D minus range, but you should try it out at home, first.
Buy a bra the size you feel you want to be and stuff it. Ziplock bags filled with rice are a simple way to adjust your breast volume. Try it with different clothing to see how you like it. Do your normal activities, and see how it works. Also, think about your overall body size and your activity level. Marathon runners often go smaller, to avoid the added weight and momentum.
Breast size is determined by the volume of breast tissue you have now, plus the volume of the breast implant. When you have a good shape, Breast Augmentation alone is used to enlarge the breasts to the desired size. For most women this is the procedure of choice. When the breasts are saggy, asymmetrical or tubular, a breast lift may be recommended to improve the overall esthetic of the breasts.
Breast Augmentation Lift Before and After Pictures
Deflated, post child birth or post weight loss breasts can be lifted, tightened and enlarged with the breast enhancing Mastopexy Augmentation. Larger lifts require longer scars. In this case, the healing vertical scar is seen on the lower pole of the breast. After this breast augmentation mastopexy, the breasts are fuller, firmer and lifted.
The ideal breast shape also varies from patient to patient. Most patients desire perky, teardrop shaped breasts. A Breast Lift reshapes the breasts by removing excess skin, lifting and firming the breast mound. When the upper pole of the breast is empty, a breast implant is used to add volume. A Breast Implant can balance the upper and lower halves of the breast, or it can enlarge the entire breast.
Breast Lifts come in many sizes. The most common are periareolar (around the areola/nipple), vertical (lollipop) and inverted T (anchor or keyhole). The amount of lifting needed determines the type of lift recommended. It is always desirable to choose the smallest lift expected to work. Smaller lifts come with shorter scars, but they lift less. Be sure to consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon near you to learn what is recommended for your particular needs.
Breast Augmentation Lift Consultations
When considering Breast Augmentation, with or without a Breast Lift, be certain to consult an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. They can explain your options and select the procedure most likely to get you the results you want in the safest and most predictable manner. Call (925) 943-6353 and schedule a personalized consultation appointment, today.
Breast Implants can enlarge and enhance the shape of a woman’s breasts.
Breast Augmentation remains one of the most requested Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedures year after year. My San Francisco Bay Area Breast Augmentation patients are no exception. Whether breast shape or volume has become a problem postpartum, after weight loss or if you have always had small breast, Breast Implants may be the answer you are looking for.
Breast Augmentation Before and After Pictures
Breast Implants can put the stuffing back into deflated breasts.
This week I discussed Breast Augmentation on the SF Bay Area’s New Station, KRON 4, with host Janelle Marie. The video segment below includes information about Breast Implants and how they are used. In it, I narrate multiple Breast Implant Before and After Pictures of my actual patients.
Breast Augmentation Video (Breast Implants)
Breast Augmentation Explained
Breast Augmentation with Breast Implants has been around for over 50 years. The procedure involves creating a pocket for the Breast Implant behind your breast tissue to augment the breasts. This enhances both the size and shape of the breasts. More information is available here on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog, by selecting “Breast Augmentation” under the “Search By Category” heading in the sidebar. There is also information about Breast Augmentation Lifts, Breast Implant Selection, Breast Implant Revision, Breast Implant Removal and a wide variety of other cosmetic breast, face and body procedures.
The best breast augmentation is achieved by selecting breast implants that are proportionate to the chest.
Breast Augmentation Consultations
If you are considering Breast Enhancement Surgery, call (925) 943-6353, today, and schedule a personal consultation appointment, tailored to your goals. We are conveniently located in the East San Francisco Bay Area city of Walnut Creek, CA.
How many ccs in a c-cup? This is a question I hear every day. The question is simple; however, the answer is complicated. I will try to explain in today’s San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog post.
In 1937, Warner introduced its Alphabet Bra with four cup sizes (A, B, C and D)
Math is Beautiful
Please explain how this equation answers the question,”How many ccs are there in a C-cup?”
If you are still reading this, I will explain. The equation above is the approximate volume of a breast, given its radius (r). The volume of the breast is directly related to its radius cubed. In other words, if you double the radius of the breast, this will increase the volume eight-fold.
The upside to using an equation is that equations are 100% objective. Measuring the base width of the breast gives us the radius, and via the equation the volume. The beauty of mathematics is that there is a defined answer. The downside is that even this simplified equation is hard to relate to for most people. Additionally, the actual volume will be less than calculated, because breasts are not perfect hemispheres. At least they should not be, but this segues nicely in the subjective side of the C-cup.
Objective vs. Subjective
At the latest American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon (ASAPS) meeting, a company was offering a high-tech laser scanner that can be used to measure the exact contours of a patient’s body. If plastic surgery were 100% objective, this would be great; however, even though we can measure and calculate volumes with great precision, what exactly a C-cup represents is subjective. It depends on each patients experience, body shape and even the brand of the bra worn.
Bras were much pointier in the past.
It is estimated that 75-80% of women wear the “wrong” bra size. My grandmother was a corsetiere. She sold lingerie at I. Magnin’s in Walnut Creek until the day it closed. She fitted women for bras, and even for prosthetics after a mastectomy. She had a loyal following, because she could find the right size for each customer and each manufacturer, and she confirmed that most women wear the wrong bra size. On the other hand, we wear what is comfortable.
Why Women Wear the Wrong Size Bra
Bra researchers have studied what size bras women wear and have documented through the years that most women do not wear the size bra for which they measure. Moreover, two trends are consistent. Women with smaller breast tend to wear bras which are too large, and women with larger breast tend to wear bras which are too small. Oprah Winfrey had an entire show dedicated to this, so it must be true. I think it’s an extension of the saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the hill.” In this case, the hill is a C-cup.
Inflatable cup sizes.
To add to the confusion, boutiques that tailor their products to younger/thinner women tend to inflate the cup size for a given volume. The best example is Victoria’s Secret. It is no secret that if you wear a C-cup in VS, you likely wear a B-cup in other mainstream bra manufacturers like Warner’s and Bali. This brand specific sizing, and often style specific sizing, leads to further confusion over what a C-cup really represents. There is no industry standard for bra sizing, so if you wear a 34C from company A, a 34C from company B may not fit.
Cup Volumes And Band Size
Cup volumes are also dependent in band size. The measurement under the breasts, the size of the chest without including the breasts, determines the band size. A larger chest means a larger band size. In the US, the measurement is made in inches, and then 4 or 5 is added to this to get to an even number. Other countries simply use the closest even number, so it is important to know the method of sizing.
Measurements are made around and below the bust for bra fittings.
When measuring around the breasts, each increase of one inch equals and increase in one cup size. Again, there are variations, some countries use 2 cm and others may use 3 cm. Since is takes more volume to increase an inch around a larger chest, cup volumes increase, for a given letter size, as the band size increases. For example, the cup volume of a 34C is 25% larger than that for a 32C and 23% smaller than that for a 36C.
So How Many CCs Are There In A C-Cup?
Bra sizing can be frustrating and confusing, and this is why it is hard to promise a certain cup size after Breast Augmentation. As it was so eloquently put by a presenter at the ASAPS annual meeting, “If a patient wants a guarantee for a specific cup size, I tell her I can, if I get to buy the bra.”
The simple answer: Objectively: When we do the math using the most commonly used US system of bra measurement, a 34C cup is 480ccs.
The real answer: Subjectively: It depends. It depends on many factors including:
Who’s C-cup you wear. A pretty, cleavage enhancing, Victoria’s Secret bra may only hold half the volume calculated above. Some of the cup size is filled with padding, and the wire length may be reduced to force the breasts together.
How you like your bra to fit. You can wear a cup size larger if you are smaller, or wear a tighter band size to support larger breasts. Research shows most women do.
Skin tightness. Tighter, higher breasts fit into a bra differently than deflated, lower breasts. Larger natural breasts do not fill the upper portion of the cup without support, while larger implants do.
How To Choose The Best CCs For Your Breast Augmentation?
This is a question that is asked every five minutes on the Internet, if not more frequently. The best way is to:
Seek guidance from a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is experienced and fully trained in Breast Augmentation.
Be honest with yourself, your goals and your surgeon.
Do your homework. Buy a bra that is the size you want, the band number should be the same, and stuff it. Ziplock bags filled with (uncooked) rice is a simple way to vary the size and try on different looks. Be sure to use different clothes too, to see how your look changes. This short post is as true today as the day it was published: How to Choose the Correct Breast Implants: Size.
Also remember, there is no perfect answer. Your ideal size may change from day-to-day, and through the years. So the goal should be to find your comfort zone and aim for the center of it. Additionally, breasts change. They can change with normal monthly cycles. Breast size and shape morph as we age, have children and gain/lose weight.
Breast Augmentation with Breast Implants remains the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery. Three to four-hundred-thousand women have Breast Augmentation each year in the US alone. It is the safest and most effective means of enlarging the breasts available, but even FDA approved devices, like Breast Implants, need touch-ups from time-to-time.
Do I Need Breast Implant Revision Surgery?
The following Breast Implant Revision Surgery Video originally aired on the San Francisco Bay Area‘s news Station, KRON 4. It reviews Breast Augmentation Revision Options and describes some of the most common breast augmentation revisions. Multiple before and after pictures are included as examples.
Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery Video
Breast Implant Deflation
The introductory photo for the video above shows deflation of this patient’s left breast implant. For Saline Breast Implants, loss of the breast implant’s shell integrity results in complete deflation and loss of breast augmentation. Replacement of a deflated breast implant can be done with minimal downtime. It is also a good time to consider if your breast implants are the right size, profile or style (saline vs silicone), as there is no better time to replace both implants. In situations like the above, it is extremely helpful if you know what type and size of breast implants you have.
Breast Implant Revision – Bigger
The most common reason for Breast Augmentation Revisions is to go bigger. This is especially common after pregnancy with preexisting breast implants as shown above.
The above Breast Implant Revision Before and After Pictures show two common reasons for revision. The first, and the most common, is to go larger. The second, and often seen after pregnancy with preexisting breast implants, is to correct breast tissue sagging off the breast implants.
This patient has already had a Breast Augmentation Mastopexy, also known as a breast lift, using breast implants for additional volume. The larger the preexisting breast tissue volume, the more likely the breast is to sag. This is true with or without breast implants. She desired larger breasts and a perkier appearance. A larger Breast Implant provides both additional volume and support for her breasts.
Breast Implant Revision – Smaller
The above Breast Augmentation Revision pictures demonstrate the correction of bottoming out.
Sometimes, the breast implants are too large to be supported. The before picture, in the above Breast Augmentation Revision Before and After Pictures, demonstrates what happens when breast implants are too large, even with a breast lift. Over time, the Breast Implants have over-stretched the skin of the lower breast and moved down the chest. The previous breast lift (mastopexy) scar is red and irritated, and the nipple is riding high. This patient presented with a desire for correction of the shape of her breasts, and also wanted to be smaller.
The after photo shows the results after the mastopexy was revised and the breast implants were replaced with smaller, lower profile, Breast Implants. The mastopexy scar looks less irritated. The distance between the nipples and the bottom of the breast is reduced to normal. The new breast implants are smaller, but maintain the width of the breast to preserve cleavage.
Breast Implant Revision Surgery Consultations
With the popularity of Breast Implants it is not surprising that Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery has become its own specialty. If you have breast implants which are:
too close together
too far apart
deflated or leaking
not supporting your breast tissue
then give my San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery Clinic a call at (925) 943-6353. With 20 years of experience, I will give you up-to-date options that are personalized to your unique situation. Previous operative reports and your before and after pictures help, so bring them with you, too.
SanFranciscoBreast.com has been completely updated. This update includes new content, and it is artfully illustrated with new breast enhancement videos and more before and after pictures. In addition, the fresh content is wrapped in a new skin, improving navigation for the small screen and the desktop alike.
New Breast Augmentation Information
The site includes new pages featuring the most requested Breast Enhancement Procedures. For example, the Breast Augmentation Information has been exploded into a dozen detailed pages including:
The Breast Lift section includes details about five main options for Mastopexy. There are also pages dedicated to the combination of Breast Lift using Breast Implants and Areola Reduction.
Breast Reduction for Women and Men
Options for Breast Reduction for Women are also reviewed, as several techniques have evolved during the 20+ years I have been in practice. Breast Reduction for Men, also known as Gynecomastia Reduction, is covered with attention paid to the causes and the most current treatments available.
Specialty Breast Procedures
A section on the often overlooked details of Breast Enhancement is also included. San Francisco Breast’s Specialty Breast Pages include:
Inverted Nipple Correction
Other Congenital Breast Abnormalities
A Plastic Surgery Web Site Dedicated to Breast Enhancement
I have tried to create an all inclusive Breast Enhancement site designed to provide detailed information about the many Plastic Surgery options available for Breast Enhancement, whether that be Breast Enlargement, Breast Reduction or Breast Reshaping.
While the San Francisco Breast web site in meant to provide information, it is just a starting point. The Internet cannot take the place of a thoughtful, in-person consultation with a qualified Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. If you would like to schedule a private, personalized consultation appointment call (925) 943-6353 today. My San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery clinic specializes in helping you obtain the best possible results.
Breast Augmentation adds volume, while Breast Lifts reshape. What happens when you put them together? You get Cosmetic Plastic Surgery that can enhance both breast volume and shape.
Total Breast Enhancement – Breast Aug and Breast Lift
Sometimes a Breast Implant or a Breast Lift alone is not enough to get the results we want. The combination of Breast Augmentation with a Breast Lift, or Augmentation Mastopexy, is used when breast sagging is combined with a loss of breast volume. Board Certified, San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Joseph Mele, discusses the nuances of Breast Augmentation Combined With Breast Lift on this episode of Body Beautiful, a live television show dedicated to the latest in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery news for the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Everyone knows that Breast Implants make breasts bigger. It’s a simple concept. Adding volume behind the breast tissue, often behind the pectoralis muscle, enlarges the breasts you have. While the size of the breast changes, the shape does not. It simply inflates the skin you have.
Breast Lifts Make Breasts Perkier
Breast Lifts (Mastopexies), on the other had, are all about breast shape. Lifts do not make breasts bigger or smaller. Breast Lifts reshape the skin envelope. Mastopexies reposition the nipples/areolae into a more attractive position and reduce the amount of breast tissue that sags below the IMF (inframammary fold).
Breast Augmentation Lift Consultations
The subtleties of the procedures, whether considered separate or together, are beyond the scope of one San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog post, though you will find other posts on the topic here and on my other web sites. But rather than learning everything there is to know about both, why not learn about the aspects of the procedure that apply to your body?
Breast Augmentation Lift Consultations are the best way, and really the only way, to get the information specific to your needs. They focus on your breasts and your goals. You won’t waste time learning about options that won’t do what you want, and you will learn what to expect from the procedures that are most likely to help you.
If you would like to schedule a personalized and private Breast Enhancement Consultation, call my office today at (925) 943-6353. Get specific information that is tailored to address your needs, not generic information meant for the masses.
The Mommy Makeover combines the most common body shaping procedures, breast augmentation and tummy tuck, into one, maximum result, breast and belly shaper.
The Mommy Makeover is one of my favorite combos. The ability to reshape the damage done to a woman’s body after childbirth or weight loss, in a single operation, makes it one of the most satisfying Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedures.
What Is A Mommy Makeover?
The Mommy Makeover is not a specific procedure, but rather the combination of breast and belly enhancement performed in a single operation. Breast Enhancement may include Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation with a Lift or Breast Reduction. It all depends on what needs fixing. Belly Enhancement is usually a Tummy Tuck; however, for the patient who needs less, Mini Tummy Tucks or Liposuction may be the procedure of choice.
Mommy Makeover Video Presentation
Recently, I had the opportunity to discuss Mommy Makeovers with the San Francisco Bay Area television audience. Body Beautiful airs on KRON 4, the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station. The Mommy Makeover features the best and the latest in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. This week, the spotlight is on Mommy Makeovers.
Mommy Makeover Video
More About Mommy Makeovers
The Mommy Makeover Video segment featured above reviews many of the available options and outcomes of the procedure for several of my patients. Additional Mommy Makeover Videos are available here, on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog, and on my main site’s Mommy Makeover Video Page.
Mommy Makeover Consultations
When you are considering a Mommy Makeover, be certain to consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Call (925) 943-6353 today, to schedule a private, personalized Mommy Makeover consultation in our San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery Clinic.
Learn the latest plastic surgery news on the Bay Area’s News Station’s, KRON 4’s, Body Beautiful with Dr. Mele.
Getting ready for today’s live show with Janelle Marie. Body Beautiful airs at noon (June 7, 2017) on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4. Tune in to hear the latest plastic surgery news. Today’s topics include:
Breast Augmentation Lifts (Augmentation Mastopexy)
Brazilian Butt Lifts (Fat Grafting to the Buttocks)
Thigh Lifts (Thighplasty)
The previous post has more details about the topics to be covered. If you are reading this after the show airs, segments from the show will be posted on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog.
EDIT – The first Plastic Surgery Video segment on Mommy Makeovers is up and live right here: Mommy Makeover Video.