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Visualization Techniques for Determining the Right Breast Implant Size

One of the most important decisions you will have to make regarding your breast augmentation procedure involves choosing the right size implant. In order to achieve beautiful, natural looking results, you will want to choose a breast implant size that is appropriate for your body proportions and fits with your lifestyle.

Remember, bigger is not always better. If you lead an active lifestyle or have a petite frame, you may achieve better results by choosing a more modest-sized breast implant. The best way to determine the ideal implant size for your unique body type and aesthetic goals is to schedule a consultation at our Philadelphia plastic surgery office.

There are certain things you can try at home if you would like to get a better understanding of how you may look with larger breasts before attending a consultation with Dr. Bottger. The most common of these techniques is the “rice test.”

To perform the rice test, fill a pair of cut-off pantyhose with rice and try them on underneath a sports bra. The following conversions will help you determine the approximate volume for your breast implant:

  • ¼ cup = 59 cc
  • ½ cup = 118 cc
  • ¾ cup = 177 cc
  • 1 cup = 236 cc

You can add combinations of these amounts to arrive at your desired size.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Bottger will provide you with breast implant sizers to help you choose the ideal size implant for your goals. These sizers are implant-like devices that can be placed underneath your bra to help you get a better idea as to what your final results will look like.

Keep in mind that these visualization techniques are just approximations, and your final results will most likely look similar to, but not exactly like, what you see here. Factors such as the amount of natural breast tissue present, the shape of your chest wall, and your body anatomy will impact your results in ways that cannot be entirely accounted for using these visualization techniques.

With more than 20 years of experience performing breast augmentation procedures in the Philadelphia area, Dr. Bottger understands how to choose the ideal breast implant size to achieve the best results for your unique body type. He will work closely with you to arrive at the right sized breast implant to deliver the beautiful, natural looking outcome you desire.

Please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your breast augmentation consultation at our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office.