Breast Implant Sizing

One of the most frequent questions we hear about breast implants is:

“How do I Choose the Right Size?”

If you’re like the many women who have chosen to have breast augmentation, you may have a certain breast cup size in mind. While this is a great start, there are a many factors you need to think about when it comes to picking the best implant for you.

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Your Body

One of the main goals of breast augmentation is to improve your body proportion. This means finding a balance that looks natural with your natural frame. The overall shape of your body and width of both your chest and shoulders should all be considered when thinking about your options.

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Your breast implants should enhance your unique features

Your Lifestyle

You will also want to consider your level of activity when choosing breast implants. Make sure to talk to your plastic surgeon about your lifestyle, including any athletics you enjoy. If your job is physically demanding or your or you are an ardent runner, choosing implants that are too big can be uncomfortable or even lead to early sagging.

About Your Sizing Options


It’s critical to understand that implant size is only one factor that will contribute to how you will look after your breast augmentation. In addition to size, the shape and profile will all contribute to the final appearance of your breasts.

Breast implant size is measured by cubic centimeters (cc’s) of volume of saline solution or silicone gel that the implant contains, ranging from around 150cc to 775cc.

If you would like to correct breast asymmetry with your breast augmentation procedure, your surgeon will likely suggest differently sized implants be placed on either side to achieve better symmetry.


Breast implants come in either round or contoured, and you have choices in both saline or silicone gel:

  • Round implants generally offer a fuller look in the upper portion of the breast (“upper pole”).
  • Contoured implants are provide a more “natural slope”to the upper pole with fullness in the lower portion of the breast.

Either shape option can look very natural; the one that will look best on you will depend on your natural frame, existing breast shape, and your desired outcome. Your plastic surgeon will discuss how each type of implant will impact your new look during your consultation.


The implant profile you pick has a large effect on your final look. Profile impacts the degree of forward projection the breasts will have following your augmentation.

  • high profile implant will give you the most projection, which generally provides a more dramatic contour.
  • moderate profile will provide more subtle enhancement of your curves.

The profile that will work best for you will depend both on your existing frame and also the look you want, so it’s important to keep your plastic surgeon’s recommendations in mind. You can also play around with different profile styles when you try on implants during your free consultation.


Your natural breast size matters too. If you don’t have much natural breast tissue, some implants may be too big to place without increasing the risk of complications such as rippling or palpability (the ability to see or feel the implant under your skin).

After breastfeeding three children, my chest seemed to be a lost cause. After months of research, I decided to go to Dr. Cohen to have a breast augmentation. My consultations and surgery were so perfect. Dr. Cohen and his staff made me feel so comfortable with every aspect of the procedure. I have never been happier. It is amazing how I have changed inside and out. When I look in the mirror, I am content with my appearance for the first time in a long time. The surgery changed everything in my life from my self-confidence to my marriage, from the way I approach every-day situations to the way I carry myself. A simple Thank You could never be enough!

Our practitioners who specialize in breast augmentation.

  • Dr. Cohen

    Dr. Michael Cohen is an acclaimed board certified plastic surgeon and has earned an international reputation for excellence in breast augmentation surgery. Read full bio.