How can I determine what cup size I will be after breast implant surgery?

From lingerie to swim wear, when women talk about bra sizing, they use consistent terminology: chest size and cup size. So for women considering breast implants, cup size is the language of choice that they expect to be using. That’s not exactly the case, and for that reason, talking about the final size that will result after the operation can be challenging. Cosmetic breast expert Mr Sudip Ghosh always ensures that he and his patients have reached a clear agreement before going ahead with a breast enlargement procedure.

Implants are measured in cubic centimetres, which don’t equate like-for-like with cup size. So at the start of the process, when women are trying to communicate to the surgeon what they are looking for, it can be quite tricky. What’s trickier still is that no two women’s bodies are the same, so identical implants will look different when inserted, compared with how they appear in the consultation room.

Other factors that affect how implants will look and feel for different women range from height and weight to tissue elasticity and natural breast size shape and volume. So it’s far from an exact science.

Avoid ambiguity by communicating clearly

At consultation stage, the best way to communicate what you are looking for is to bring in a visual example. An image, or series of images, that show the size and shape you’re looking for – in context – will be a massive help. Ideally this will show front and size profiles, to give the surgeon a really clear idea of what you are hoping for.

Be patient, there’s no rush

After the operation, it can be anything between three and six months before your breasts settle into the true size and shape that the implants dictate. After the first month, changes will become more subtle, but nevertheless, this isn’t a process that can be rushed, everyone is different in how long they take to heal and how quickly their body responds to the procedure.

When shopping for new underwear, the other thing to consider is that all lingerie brands are different. A ‘C’ cup from one brand could be closer to a ‘B’ or ‘D’ cup in a different provider, so it will naturally take some time to find a perfect fit. Be prepared to persevere and to devote some good shopping hours to trying out different styles, sizes and materials until you find something that fits you well. Start with softer bras, and be led by comfort first. After a while you can try out different materials, styles, brands and sizes and sooner or later, you’ll be able to talk about your new breasts in size in familiar cup size terminology.

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