Breast Augmentation with Breast Lift (Mastopexy Augmentation) and Tummy Tuck. Breast Enlargement when the breasts are sagging and the nipples are below the inframammary fold requires a Breast Lift to achieve an aesthetic result. The Tummy Tuck further enhances the breasts’ proportion by flattening the belly.
The Components Of Breast Enhancement
Breast Enhancement surgery has two aesthetic components: size and shape. Breast size is increased with Breast Augmentation and reduced with Breast Reduction. Breast shape is adjusted with the Breast Lift. There are many options for adjusting both size and shape, and today’s video is an introduction to the most versatile of all the Cosmetic Breast Enhancement procedures, Mastopexy Augmentation — the combination of Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift procedures.
Breast Augmentation With Breast Lift Video (Mastopexy Augmentation)
This Mastopexy Augmentation Video is from my Body Beautiful television show, originally broadcast on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4. It reviews the techniques and options available for different types of Breast Augmentation With Breast Lift.
Indications For A Breast Lift With Augmentation
The majority of Breast Augmentation patients do not need a lift, but here are 5 reasons why your Plastic Surgeon may be recommended adding a Breast Lift (Mastopexy) to Breast Augmentation:
Breast sagging (ptosis)
Low set nipples
Tubular breast deformity
Disproportionately large areolae
Breast Augmentation Lift – When the breasts are close to the desired size, sometimes a Breast Lift alone is all that is needed to create youthful, perky breasts. If the upper pole is empty, a small implant can be used to enhance the shape of the breasts by adding fullness to the bust line without over exaggerating the size.
Mastopexy Augmentation Consultations
When considering Cosmetic Breast Surgery, be certain to select an experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. During your Breast Enhancement Consultation, your goals for both size and shape of the breasts should be discussed. If you are happy with the shape of your breasts, and are just looking for more volume, Breast Augmentation alone is likely the procedure of choice. If your size is good, but the shape is bothersome, a Breast Lift may be the best option to achieve your desired breast aesthetic. If your goal is to both augment and rejuvenate your breasts, the combination of Mastopexy Augmentation is often recommended and may be the best choice for you.
To schedule a personal consultation appointment in the San Francisco Bay Area call (925) 943-6353.
Mommy Makeovers include breast and belly enhancement in one surgery.
No matter what shape you are in before childbirth, the postpartum physique is rarely an improvement. Pregnancy can wreak havoc on a woman’s body. Cosmetic Surgery Repairs after having children are done so frequently, there’s a name for it: Mommy Makeover. Today’s video is all about the Mommy Makeover, and its many variations.
Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck Video (Mommy Makeover)
This Mommy Makeover Video is from my Body Beautiful television show broadcasted on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4. It reviews the techniques and options available for different types of Mommy Makeovers.
What Is A Mommy Makeover?
The Mommy Makeover has two goals: to enhance the shape of the breasts and to flatten the belly. With pregnancy, the breasts enlarge and then often shrink and collapse. Breast Augmentation and Breast Lifting are used to enlarge and lift the breasts. On the other hand, if the breast remain too large after pregnancy, a Breast Reduction can be substituted to improve breast and body proportions. The differences and options for Breast Augmentation and Breast Lifts are discussed further here: Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift?
For the belly, a Tummy Tuck is the workhorse that dramatically improves the appearance of the abdomen by tightening the abdominal muscles and skin, and by removing excess fat. When abdominal laxity is confined to the area below the belly button, a Mini Tummy Tuck may be the procedure of choice to restore a pre-baby toned belly. Lastly, if the skin and muscle tone are good, but disproportionate fat is bothersome, Liposuction alone may be the answer. The differences between the procedures are discussed here: Liposuction or Tummy Tuck?
Mommy Makeover Consultations
If you are considering a Mommy Makeover, or its component cosmetic procedures, Breast Augmentation or Tummy Tuck, be certain to consult with an experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. In the San Francisco Bay Area, call (925) 943-6353, and schedule a personal and private consultation appointment today.
Breast Augmentation before and after photos: Breast Augmentation remains one of the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. In the above photos, asymmetry, sagging and upper pole emptiness are corrected with Breast Implants.
Gummy-Bear Breast Implants have taken over as the implant of choice for Breast Augmentation. The vast majority of Breast Implants used in the US today are Silicone Gel filled, and almost all new Breast Implants are Gummy-Bear Breast Implants.
Gummy-Bear Breast Implants – What’s the Big Deal?
Gummy-Bear Breast Implants provide a soft, yet strong option for Breast Augmentation. To really appreciate the advantages that Gummy-Bear Breast Implants offer, it helps to know a little about the history of breast implants.
Brief History of Breast Implants
Since the beginning, Breast Implants have been filled with two materials: silicone and saline. Saline filled breast implants are silicone shells filled with water and a little salt to make the solution as salty as we are. Other than changes in shell shape, saline implants have remained the same throughout the years, and the saline filler has not changed at all. Their main advantages are easy detection of leaks and the fact that saline, like water, is quickly absorbed by the body, disappearing without a trace. Saline Breast Implants can provide more projection, and a rounder look than most silicone filled implants. However, saline filled breast implants tend to feel firm and show wrinkling more than silicone gel implants, especially when less breast tissue and thinner skin are present before Breast Augmentation.
Silicone gel filled breast implants have evolved over the last few decades. The latest options provide soft, strong implants filled with a cohesive, gummy-bear gel to reduce the possibility of gel migration.
Silicone Breast Implants, on the other hand, have evolved and improved during their almost 60 year history. The current gummy-bear silicone filled breast implants are considered fifth generation. Older versions were thinner, less cohesive, would bleed gel through the shell, tear easily and the thinner gel would migrate. In 1994, higher quality silicone, more cohesive gel and improvements in manufacturing have led to drastic reductions in gel bleed in intact implants, and reduction in gel migration in cases of breast implant rupture. The latest generation also use optimal gel fill to reduce wrinkling and a more cohesive gel to reduce gel migration to further enhance both cosmetic results and safety.
What Is A Gummy-Bear Breast Implant?
When discussing Gummy-Bear Breast Implants, the term “Gummy-Bear” refers to the filling in the center of the implant, not the shape. Gummy-bear candies are soft, and if you have ever bitten one in half, they are solid. Gummy-bear breast implants are similar. Unlike older silicone breast implants, if you cut a gummy-bear breast implant in half, it behaves like a solid and remains as two intact domes. Like the gummy-bear candy, the center does not flow. In my San Francisco Bay Area office I have a gummy-bear implant which I sliced in half years ago that has a cut surface which continues to remain smooth, flat and intact. The Gummy bear implants offer the safety and predictability that I want for my patients, with a softer result.
Gummy-Bear Breast Augmentation
If you are consulting for Breast Augmentation, be certain to ask your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon about breast implant options. Size, shape and filling all effect results. You don’t have to choose in the vacuum of the Internet. If you can provide your surgeon with your desired goal size, they will help you choose the best Breast Implant available to achieve your augmentation goals.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, if you are thinking about Breast Augmentation surgery, call (925) 943-6353 and schedule a personal consultation appointment. Whether you are interested in a primary Breast Augmentation or desire Breast Augmentation Revision, today’s new Breast Implants offer some never before available features.
Every few years, the US FDA approved breast implant manufacturers update their Breast Implant Warranties. While implant deflation has been covered for a long time, the warranties now include extended coverage for breast implant replacement and enhanced coverage for specific situations that may occur after Breast Augmentation with Silicone Gel Filled Breast Implants. Expanded coverage now includes Capsular Contracture, late seroma formation, double capsule formation and BIA-ALCL.
Below, I compare warranties offered by the three US breast implant brands: Allergan, Sientra and Mentor, in the three major areas of coverage: Capsular Contracture, Rupture and Seroma Formation. It is important to state that these are the current offerings, and that they may change without notification. You should check with the manufacturer directly for the latest warranty information. Additionally, newer coverage is limited to newer implants, so you need to know the manufacturer, type of implant and the date of your surgery in order to determine which warranty applies to your implants.
Capsular Contracture Coverage
The most common reason for Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery is Capsular Contracture. In the breast implant 10-year follow-up studies, occurrence rates ranged from 12% to 19% for the primary breast augmentation cohort. Breast Implant manufacturers have begun to include Capsular Contracture in their warranty programs.
Capsular Contracture is tightening of the scar pocket that holds the breast implant in place. In the left before-photo, Capsular Contracture elevates this patient’s right breast implant and causes severe asymmetry. The right after-photo shows correction after capsule surgery and breast implant revision surgery. Capsular Contracture is now covered by all three US FDA approved manufacturers’ warranties.
Sientra currently offers the best free warranty for Capsular Contracture (grade III or IV). The latest Sientra Platinum20 Warranty offers twenty years of free implant replacement during surgery for Capsular Contracture along with $2000 of financial assistance if capsular contracture occurs in the first two years after surgery.
The Allergan ConfidencePlus Warranty was just updated and is a close second with ten years of free implant replacement during surgery for Capsular Contracture along with $2000 of financial assistance if capsular contracture occurs in the first two years after surgery.
The MentorPromise Warranty offers ten years of free implant replacement during surgery for Capsular Contracture, but no financial assistance. However, Mentor does offer an enhanced warranty. You need to pay $300 to Mentor at the time of your surgery to obtain the MentorPromise Enhanced Warranty. This includes ten years of free implant replacement during surgery for Capsular Contracture and $3500 of financial assistance but limits coverage to primary augmentation or primary reconstruction unless MemoryShape breast implants are utilized. Mentor currently lags, especially when comparing the free warranties; however, Mentor may update their warranty to more closely match their competitors as Allergan did when Sientra announced enhanced free coverage for capsular contracture.
These Breast Implant Rupture Before and After photos illustrate a common case of Breast Implant Revision Surgery. The coverage is variable and depends on the manufacturer.
All three manufacturers provide free lifetime breast implant replacement on both sides and financial assistance for the revision surgery. Recently, Sientra increased the financial assistance offered, and it remains to be seen if the other manufactures will match them, as they often do.
The Sientra Platinum20 Warranty offers $5000 in financial assistance toward replacing the breast implants for up to 20 years after the original surgery. This is a recent change and is currently the best in the industry.
The Allergan ConfidencePlus Warranty offers $3500 in financial assistance toward replacing the breast implants for up to 10 years after the original surgery.
The MentorPromise Warranty also offers $3500 in financial assistance toward replacing the breast implants for up to 10 years after the original surgery. This is not increased in the MentorPromise Enhanced Warranty.
Late Seroma Coverage
As shaped implants became more popular, so did the problems associated with them. Shaped implants can rotate and “change” shape. To reduce this problem, shaped implants are textured. This can help prevent rotation and may also reduce the risk of capsular contracture; however, Textured Breast Implants also have unique problems: seromas (collections of fluid around implants), double capsules and possibly BIA-ALCL. Manufacturers have responded with late seroma coverage along with coverage for double capsules and BIA-ALCL diagnostic testing in their latest Breast Implant Warranties.
Seromas are collections of fluid. Small amounts of fluid around the breast implants is normal the first few days after surgery and resolves spontaneously. Seromas that appear years after surgery are not normal or common. The fluid will enlarge the effected breast, making it appear larger than its sister breast. It may present as the picture above shows, with the right breasts appearing larger than the left. There are many causes, most of them benign; however, all should be checked by your plastic surgeon. Breast implant warranties are starting to include testing and treatment for late seromas.
The Sientra Platinum20 Warranty provides twenty year coverage for breast implant replacement and $2000 in financial assistance should a double capsule or seroma form in the two years after surgery. They also provide CD30 panel testing for BIA-ALCL evaluation of late seroma fluid.
The Allergan ConfidencePlus Warranty also was recently updated to provide twenty year coverage for breast implant replacement and $2000 in financial assistance should a double capsule or seroma form in the two years after surgery. They also provide up to $7500 in financial assistance and implant replacement in cases of BIA-ALCL.
The MentorPromise Warranty offers ten year coverage for breast implant replacement and no financial assistance in cases of double capsule and seroma formation. However, Mentor does offer an enhanced warranty. You need to pay $300 to Mentor at the time of your surgery to obtain the MentorPromise Enhanced Warranty. This includes ten years of free implant replacement during surgery for Capsular Contracture and $3500 of financial assistance in the ten years after surgery. Like the Mentor Capsular contracture coverage, coverage is limited to primary augmentation or primary reconstruction unless MemoryShape breast implants are utilized. There is currently no coverage for BIA-ALCL testing.
Breast Augmentation and Breast Augmentation Revision
If you are considering Breast Augmentation or Breast Augmentation Revision, be certain to ask your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon about breast implant warranties. For revision surgery, bring as much information as possible about your current implants to your consultation appointment. The breast implant card given to you after surgery is very helpful as it provides the manufacturer, size, type of implant, and date of implantation.
There is much to know about Breast Implants and the procedures used to place and maintain them. It helps to have an experienced guide to answer your questions and provide expert guidance. For Breast Augmentation and Breast Augmentation Revision in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, call (925) 943-6353 today, to schedule a private consultation.
Summer may be over, but Breast Augmentation is still one of the most frequently requested Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedures here in the San Francisco Bay Area. For many, this is the best time of year for the procedure. As the weather cools down, it is easier to cover up during recovery. Moreover, you will be well healed by the time Spring comes around.
Gummy Bear Breast Implants are the newest technology. With a strong, cohesive gel inside, they can provide more projection, less rippling and the safety reduced gel migration.
This Breast Implant Video Presentation illustrates the options and the results of Breast Enlargement. There are many reasons for Breast Augmentation. Sometimes it’s for size. Sometimes it’s for shape. The latest breast implants provide shape and support for the breasts with the increased safety of strong, highly cohesive gel inside them. These “Gummy Bear” Breast Implants reduces gel migration and some other problems seen in the past after Breast Augmentation with Silicone Gel Breast Implants.
Breast Augmentation Video (Augmentation Mammoplasty)
This Body Beautiful video segment from the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4, reviews Breast Augmentation with the latest Gummy Bear Breast Implants. This Breast Implant Video reviews many of the options and illustrates the benefits of Augmentation Mastopexy with numerous Breast Aug Before and After Photos.
Breast Implant Consultations
If you are considering Breast Augmentation or Breast Implant Revision Surgery, consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area. When in the San Francisco Bay Area, call (925) 943-6353 today, and schedule a personal and private consultation appointment.
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.