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Do You Want Lemon or Grapefruit-Sized Breast Implants?

Do You Want Lemon or Grapefruit-Sized Breast Implants?

Lemons, grapefruits or cantaloupes? How do you choose the most appropriate breast implant size for your body when you’re

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comparing them to fruit? If this type of terminology has you feeling a little confused about your breast augmentation options, use this guide for everything you need to know about the procedure.

Doing a little bit of homework to get your breast implant facts straight can be a tremendous help when it comes time to choose your implant type, size and shape for optimum results.

Choosing an Implant Size

Choosing the right implant size is one of the biggest concerns for women getting a breast augmentation, and for good reason. After all, the whole point of the procedure is to enhance the size and shape of your natural breasts, right? While this is true, finding the right implant size for your body is a little more complex than simply picking a cup size and showing up for the big day.

In fact, sizing based on bra cup sizes isn’t very accurate at all. This is because cup sizes can vary depending on the brand and style of the bra. Instead, implant sizes are measured in cubic centimeters, or ccs, of volume.

Of course, many women find it helpful to use cup size, or even their equivalents in fruit, as a jumping off point, but know that your cosmetic surgeon will want to discuss actual measurements moreso than bra sizes. Generally speaking, A cups can be compared to lemons, B cups to oranges, C cups to grapefruits, and D cups to cantaloupes.

What about Breast Diameter and Profile?

In addition to choosing an implant size, there are a number of other breast augmentation options that you’ll need to consider. Two of these are breast width diameter and profile. Breast width diameter refers to the length of the base of your breasts, measured from the inside edge to the outside edge. A larger breast width diameter will allow for a low or moderate implant profile, whereas women with a smaller breast width diameter might be more suited for a higher profile.

Profile refers to how much your implants project outward from your chest. A high profile implant will project the most, creating a very dramatic look. Conversely, low profiles have the smallest outward projection, and moderate profiles are somewhere in between.

Determining the most appropriate profile to suit you needs and goals will highly depend on your natural breast shape, size and anatomy. Your cosmetic surgeon can also use implant profiles to achieve the look that you want, whether that’s a very bold, dramatic appearance or a subtler, more natural-looking result.

Understanding Placement and Incision Type

Once you’ve discussed the facts about breast implant size and shape with your cosmetic surgeon, it’s time to talk about your placement and incision options.

In general, there are two different types of implant placement options: subglanduar and submuscular. Subglandular implants are placed beneath only your natural breast tissue, whereas submusclar implants rest underneath both your breast tissue and some or all of your chest muscle. Very active women typically benefit most from subglandular implants, as this placement type does not interfere with the function of the chest muscles.

The three most common breast augmentation incision types are:

  • Inframammary incisions follow the natural crease or fold underneath your breasts. This incision type easily creates a pocket into which your implants can be placed, and scarring from inframammary incisions can be hidden under a bikini top.
  • Perioaeriolar incisions outline the underside of your areolas in a semi-circle. The benefit of this type is that scarring is very easily camouflaged, but this may not be the best option for women who wish to breastfeed with implants.
  • Transaxillary incisions are made in your underarm area, essentially eliminating any scar tissue near your breasts, but this can require more advanced surgical techniques.

Choosing the Right Cosmetic Surgeon

If this seems like a lot of facts and information about breast implants to take in at once, don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s not uncommon to begin to feel overwhelmed about all of the different breast enhancement options available to you. But the good news is that when you work with a skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon, you gain an invaluable go-to resource for all of your questions, comments or concerns that come up along the way.

This is why the first, and arguably most important, step in the process is to find the right cosmetic surgeon for your breast augmentation. Do a little online research, check out before and after photos from previous clients, make some phone calls and even schedule an office visit or two. Choose a cosmetic surgeon who has extensive training and experience performing the type of procedure that you’re looking for, and be sure that you’re able to establish a good rapport with this person.

You should feel comfortable discussing your goals and various options with your cosmetic surgeon so that together, you can get smooth, beautiful results.

Dr. Joseph J. Castellano

Castellano Cosmetic Surgery Center

Suite 203, 105 S. MacDill Avenue
Tampa, Florida33609

Phone: (813) 872-6093
Fax: (813) 534-5079