Breast implants are one of the most sought-after procedures to improve self-confidence and change your appearance in and out of clothes. Silicone or saline implants are ideal for patients who have lost breast volume or fullness due to weight loss or pregnancy and people with naturally smaller breasts.
During your consultation, Dr. Smith and his team will help you select the perfect implant size and shape to attain your cosmetic goals. We employ advanced 3D imaging technology and physical try-on techniques to help you decide on your perfect implant size. Increasing your cup size from B to D is usually done with a low or moderate-plus profile implant in our practice. Dr. Smith is a leading NYC-based breast augmentation surgeon.
Cup sizes are mainly used to buy bras and help your doctor understand the aesthetic you want to achieve. As a general rule of thumb, each 100cc to 250cc increase in breast implant volume will likely give you one cup size increase. However, remember that your height, weight, and natural build will also be a factor. Cup size varies widely between bra manufacturers, so we do not rely on this terminology to determine your desired breast size. We prefer to discuss breast size in terms of volume, and we will walk you through this process to ensure your goals are clearly understood and expertly delivered.
Most patients who want to go from a B to a D cup will likely need anywhere from 250cc implants to 350cc implants. But of course, every patient is unique, and implant sizes will vary from person to person.
Bra manufacturers and retailers also label cup sizes differently. When choosing the best implant size for you, it’s important to focus more on the actual implant volume rather than your desired cup size.
Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home the same day. Immediately following surgery, you will feel tired and sore. You will be wearing a surgical bra for support, and Dr. Smith will prescribe pain medication as well as a medication to minimize the chances of capsular contracture.
Most, patients undergoing a B to D-size breast implant procedure with Dr. Smith can return to work in 48 hours. We generally advise our patients to resume light workouts (excluding the arms) until two weeks after surgery. Our patients are usually cleared to resume a full upper-body workout in four weeks. Most of the bruising fades by a week to 10 days, and the majority of swelling is resolved by one month. Finally, the implants should completely descend (“drop and fluff”) into their final position by 3 months after the procedure.
There is not a one-size-fits-all solution for breast implants. It’s possible to go from a B to a D cup while maintaining a natural look if you select the correct size. Below are some things to consider when deciding which implant size will give you the best results.
● Body frame
● Torso proportions
● Natural breast tissue volume
● Skin elasticity
● Cleavage goals
We find that in general for our patients, if they are a full B cup and want to enlarge their breasts two cup sizes to a D cup, then 250cc to 350cc implants will likely achieve this enlargement with a natural breast shape.
Breast augmentation surgery is extremely safe, but all surgery does have some risks. The risk profile for going from a B cup to a D cup is very favorable. Complications become more likely with much larger implant sizes. Most patients don’t experience complications from breast augmentation, but all surgeries pose possible risks. Some of the more common (but still very unlikely) possible complications include infection, bleeding, loss of nipple sensation, and problems with the size or shape of the implants.
You can help avoid complications by going to an experienced surgeon with extensive experience in breast augmentation surgery.
You can learn more about how to achieve your desired breast size after breast augmentation by booking your initial consultation at our NYC office. We will be with you for every step of your journey to answer any questions.
The majority of women undergoing a B to D cup breast augmentation will have their ability to breastfeed preserved. However, it is possible that breast implant placement can restrict or eliminate your ability to breastfeed. Certain techniques (like placing the implant under the muscle with an inframammary incision) make it more likely your ability to breastfeed will be preserved, as the breast glands and milk ducts are avoided.
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