Is Bigger Better? Your Guide to Breast Implant Sizes

January 18th, 2017 | Breast

Breast Implant Sizes: Is having big breasts better? Not always. It really depends on the woman’s aesthetic goals. For surgeons at the Houston Plastic Craniofacial & Sinus Surgery, big breasts that look natural and proportionate to a woman’s body are considered beautiful – unless the patient prefers a dramatic change. In this case, our surgeons will still provide fully satisfying results.

As a breast implant size has a direct impact on your breast enhancement goals, it’s crucial to select the right size that will provide balance to your entire body. This is where consulting with a surgeon comes into play.

However, that is not all.

As getting breast augmentation is a personal matter, choosing an implant size should also be personal. It should not be based on what others want for you, or what your friend or sister recommends. Selecting your breast implant size should be based on what your aesthetic goals are and what will look proportionate to your body.

In light of that, here’s a simple guide to help you select the implant size that is suitable for you.

  1. Breast implant sizes are measured in cubic centimeter or cc.

There is no standard measurement for bras. This explains why many bra manufacturers label their bras differently. For instance, a Playtex B cup bra is a Victoria’s Secret C cup bra. This also explains why surgeons use cc when referring to implant sizes.

In most cases, a cup size bra is equivalent to 150 to 200 cc of breast implant size. If you want to increase your bra size from an A cup to a B cup, you’ll need an implant size of at least 200 cc. If you want to go from a B cup to a D, you’ll need an implant size with 300 to 400 cc.

  1. The Rice Test

You may also use two sandwich bags and some rice to give you an idea of what your ideal breast size will look and feel on you. Fill the bags with rice and place them in your desired bra size. Once you have enough rice to meet your desired size, pour the contents into a measuring cup, and convert the volume to cc. Use this chart to guide you.


1 cup 236 cc
½ cup 118 cc
¾ cup 177 cc
2/3 cup 156 cc
1/3 cup 78 cc
¼ cup 59 cc
1/8 cup 30 cc


  1. Lifestyle

Breast augmentation can affect certain aspects of your life, such as your fitness routines. Therefore, consider your lifestyle as you decide on your breast implant size.

Choosing Breast Implant Sizes is just one of the decisions you have to make in your breast augmentation journey. For expert guidance, consult with a board-certified and board-eligible plastic surgeon. Contact My Houston Surgeons today to schedule a consultation with one of our talented surgeons who specializes in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures to help you with Breast Implant Sizes.