Women choose to have breast augmentation for many different reasons. Some may have deflated breasts after breastfeeding their child, some lose breast volume after losing weight, and some women just want larger breasts. The one thing we all have in common is that we have to choose what size we want to be after breast augmentation surgery. We also need to consider the type of "look" we want. Fake? Natural? Somewhere in the middle?
Cup sizes are arbitrary. In other words, what you picture in your mind as a D cup, for example, may not be what another person thinks of when they think of a D cup. This also applies to the fake look and natural look. It's all in the eye of the beholder, just like beauty.
The information on this page is not meant to push you towards a certain size of implant, or a certain type of look.
Considerations When Choosing Your New Breast Size
Lifestyle - Are you a runner? Do you golf? If so, you should take this into consideration. Being physically active doesn't prevent you from getting larger breasts, but some women find that they can "get in the way", while others are not bothered by them. It depends on the individual. However, if you are very athletic, and have an athletic build and want to retain that "look", a large cup size may not be for you. Large breasts and the athletic look don't (typically) go hand in hand.
Are you active in your child's school? Church? Are you concerned about what your coworkers will think? If so, this should be taken into consideration. For example, if you like to wear cute little sundresses with fitted tops, people will likely notice the change in size after your surgery if you continue to wear those same dresses. If you wear fitted clothing prior to breast augmentation, and you want to continue to wear them afterwards, people will likely notice the size change, although if it is not drastic, they may just chalk it up to a good padded bra!
It's easy to say, "Who cares what people think!?" Unfortunately, it is just not that simple for some women. While it is true that many women are very open about their surgery, and don't care who knows about it, others want to keep it under wraps. There is nothing wrong with either scenario. Once again, it is simply a matter of preference.
What other people want - This is very important. Everyone has an opinion - family, friends, significant others, etc. While you can take their opinions into consideration, it is very important NOT to get the size they want you to get unless you want the same thing. Breast implants permanently change your body. Sure, you can get the implants removed in the future, but your breasts will never be the exact same as they were prior to surgery. Get what you want. If you don't, you may be very unhappy. This can result in resentment, thus leading to problems in your relationship(s).
Clothing - Think about how you would like to look in various types of clothing. For example, how large do you want to appear in a cotton/spandex spaghetti strap tank top? If you wear things like that, you need to take it into consideration. Breast implants are kind of funny. They can be "dressed up" or "dressed down. Anything form-fitting is going to accentuate the size of your breasts. On the other hand, your implants may very well get lost in looser-fitted clothing. A good rule of thumb is to try on various types of clothing using temporary sizers.
Proportion - If you are 5'8", 135lbs, a set of 700cc breast implants will likely look much more proportional on you than they would on someone 5'0", 95lbs. This certainly does not mean that 700cc can't look good on a petite person. Again, it's all in the eye of the beholder. This is just an example of how proportion plays a role in your final look. Some women aren't into proportion. They may be very petite and want very large breasts. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The point here is that if proportion is important to you, it should be strongly considered when finalizing your decision on breast implant size.
How to Choose a Breast Size
The best thing you can do is look at a lot of before and after photos. Do not simply tell a surgeon you want a D cup, for example. Remember, your idea of a D cup and his or her idea of a D cup may be two different things. Photos don't lie. Even if your surgeon tells you that you don't have to bring in photos (yes, surgeons do tell this to patients), it's best to do it anyway. Photos give the surgeon a visual idea of the size you want, leaving no room for error. Sometimes surgeons recommend against bringing in photos because they don't want their patient to think that they will look exactly like the person in the photo. It is important to tell your surgeon that you realize you won't look exactly like the person in the photo, and that the photo is simply a reference to the size you want to be. This also applies to fake and natural looks.
Print photos at home of the following:
Label each of these photos and show them to your surgeon. The surgeon may keep the copies, but just in case, you can always bring another set of copies of the labeled photos in on your surgery day. While this may seem like overkill, breast augmentation is expensive, and you need to do whatever you can to make sure that you are communicating your desired result to your surgeon. Nothing does this better than photos.