FAQs: Breast Cup Size – Breast Augmentation & Breast Implants

Breast Cup size and Computer Imaging

Choosing the right size breast implants for breast augmentation surgery can be vexing. First the fundamental problem; Implants don’t come in cup size. They come in volume measurements such as 300 cc (cubic centimeters). Although there is a strict measurement system for cup size (Victoria’s Secret website has a nice demonstration) there are always variables. A 'B cup' is different for a 5’1” thin patient than it is for a 5’8” athletic patient. Very few patients unless they have really done their research come in asking for a specific volume. To clear up confusion most surgeons ask patients to bring in pictures of breast shapes and sizes that they like and don’t like. These pictures should be of women who have a similar body type and shape to your own. This helps the surgeon to understand how you perceive cup size. You would be amazed how many people ask for a C and then show surgeons a D cup.

As plastic surgeons move to more silicone implants this is going to become and even bigger problem. One of the advantages of saline implants is the ability to add or subtract volume once the implant is in place. With silicone this is not an option. For the most part, once that implant is in, it is in. Now more than ever it’s critical to get the size right.

To address this problem, Axis Three, a California-based technology company released a 3-dimensional breast imaging device. The patient stands in front of a camera which takes a picture. In 2 minutes a 3-D image is on the computer screen in front of the doctor and patient. Pinpoint measurements are made and exact volumes can be calculated. You want a 300 cc implant. Voila! Here’s what it will look like. With a click of a button, volumes can be added so both patient and doctor agree on a size. Want to see what it looks like from the side or from the top. No problem. Rotate the image any way you want. If you are thinking about augmentation and you want the right cup size, this is one option to look into.

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