When considering breast augmentation, often an important question women ask themselves is “how big should I go?” Aside from the type and placement of the implants, the size and shape are equally big decisions that can affect the surgery outcome. Dr. Esmailian will work with you to choose the best size, shape, type, and placement of your implants based on your body type, your aesthetic goals, and your lifestyle.

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There are several shapes and sizes to choose from when considering an implant. Implants are not measured by cup size, but rather by cubic centimeters (cc). If you are looking to increase your bust size by 1 or 2 cups, you most likely are looking for a more subtle enhancement. Dr. Esmailian may recommend implants in the 200-300cc range. If you are looking for a bustier look, you may be considering implants on the larger scale, around 400-450cc and up. It is important to note that the weight of the implants increases as the volume does. The size of implant that you choose may affect not only affect your physical appearance, but your self-confidence, how you feel, how other people react to your appearance, how your clothes fit, and your comfort and ease of movement in everyday situations (exercise, sleep, etc.).

Dr. Esmailian will urge you to consider several factors when choosing the size of the implant that you will be most comfortable with. He may have you feel, or “try on” different implants during your consultation. If you are still unsure, you may want to try the popular “rice test” to really become familiar with the size of implant you will be living with. In order to do the rice test, measure out about 1/8 cup of uncooked rice for every cc of implant volume you would like to try (for example, 300 cc would be about 1 ¼ cups of rice). You can pour the rice into the foot of a stocking and tie it off, but do not pack it too tightly. This serves as a type of “tester” implant which you can wear for a few days inserted into a sports bra. Once you find a size that you like and are comfortable with, you can share this with your surgeon to serve as a benchmark. Dr. Esmailian uses the Mentor Volume Sizing System which has greatly improved the accuracy of what your breasts will look like after your surgery.

Saline implants typically come in round and contoured, and can be either smooth or textured. Silicone implants can come in round or contoured (tear drop) shapes as well and can also be smooth or textured. Depending on the look and feel that you are aiming for, Dr. Esmailian will recommend the right type, shape, size, and placement of implant to get the best overall outcome. The insertion and incision type also plays a part in the final results. If you are interested in breast augmentation, but perhaps do not know where to start, it may be helpful to look at before and after photos of breast augmentations with women who are similar in weight, height and body type. This can give a good visual or benchmark to discuss with your doctor. Feel free to look through our many before and after photos with detailed descriptions of the patient body type and implant details for your reference. Once you are ready to take the next step, call Dr. Esmailian to set up your initial consultation. He will go over the details of surgery as well as answer any questions you may have.