If you are considering breast augmentation, you may be interested to know about the different choices you will have to make when choosing implants. Breast implants are designed to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts and are filled with saline or silicone, which is the most popular choice.
You may have already decided on silicone implants, and your aesthetic goals include enhancing your breasts from your current A cup size to a C cup. Did you know that you will need to work with your cosmetic surgeon to decide on some other key details as well? Choosing implants requires careful consideration so you get the results you desire.
Silicone implants are available in different diameters (the size of the base of the implant), different profiles (how far they protrude from the chest), and different volumes (how much silicone they contain). It may also be important for you to understand how much the silicone implants weigh.
Today we will discuss some key terminology used to describe factors related to the dimensions, size, fit, and weight of silicone breast implants in order to shed light on the considerations involved in the implant selection process.
What Factors Are Considered When Choosing Silicone Breast Implants?
Silicone breast implants are available in a variety of dimensions, which allows the cosmetic surgeon to customize the fit based on an individual’s body proportions and the results they desire. The factors and key terms used to describe the different dimensions of breast implants typically include the following:
- The “volume” of a breast implant describes the amount of silicone gel contained within the implant. It is measured in cubic centimeters (cc) and plays an important role in determining the size and projection of the breasts after augmentation. Silicone implants are prefilled, unlike saline implants, which can be filled with custom volume amounts. Common silicone implant volumes range from approximately 150 cc to 800 cc or more, depending on the manufacturer and specific implant type.
- Base Width
- The base width of an implant describes the diameter of its circular base, which also corresponds to the width of the breast at its fullest point. It is measured in centimeters and helps determine the overall shape of the breast and how well the implant conforms to your body. Different base width options are available, ranging from 7cm to 17 cm, to accommodate varying chest sizes and breast dimensions.
- The projection, or “profile,” of a breast implant refers to how far it extends from the chest wall. It determines the amount of forward projection achieved from the breast implants. The different levels of projection range from low to moderate, high, or extra high. Two implants can contain the same volume but deliver significantly different results depending on their profiles. The choice of projection depends on the desired outcome and the individual’s unique body characteristics.
How Much Do Silicone Breast Implants Weigh?
The weight of silicone breast implants can vary depending on the implant size, volume, and type. While precise weight ranges vary among the different manufacturers and implant models, silicone breast implants weigh slightly more than saline implants of the same volume.
Generally, silicone breast implants weigh approximately 0.23 lbs, or 3.68 ounces, for each 100 cc of silicone filler. So a typical 300-cc silicone implant will weigh approximately .69 lbs, or 11.04 ounces. A pair of silicone breast implants, each filled with 300 cc of silicone, would weigh about 1 pound and 6 ounces. This does not include the slight weight of the implant pocket.
If you have ever wondered “how much do 600-cc silicone implants weigh”, the following chart will provide the answer as well as weight information for other popular saline implant volumes.
The formula for determining the weight of silicone breast implants is calculated by dividing the volume by 426.67. For example, a silicone implant that is filled with 400 cc of silicone would be translated to pounds using the equation 400/426.67 =.93 lbs, so one implant filled with 400 cc of silicone weighs almost one pound.
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|Size of Silicone Implant
|Weight Per Implant
|Weight For Pair Of Implants
|350 cc silicone implants
|0.82 pounds or 13.1 ounces
|1.6 pounds or 26 ounces
|400 cc silicone implants
|0.93 pounds or 14.9 ounces
|1.8 pounds or 28.8 ounces
|450 cc silicone implants
|1.05 pounds or 16.8 ounces
|2.1 pounds or 33.6 ounces
|500 cc silicone implants
|1.1 pounds or 18.7 ounces
|2.3 pounds or 37.44 ounces
|600 cc silicone implants
|1.4 pounds or 22.4 ounces
|2.8 pounds or 44.8 ounces
|800 cc silicone implants
|1.87 pounds or 29.9 ounces
|3.7 pounds or 59.8 ounces
You can see from the chart above that the volume contained in your silicone breast implants can add between 1 and 4 pounds to the number you see on your scale. It is important to consider how the extra weight might affect you. Implants that are too heavy for your body type may cause issues such as:
- Back, shoulder, and neck pain;
- Posture Issues;
- Difficulty exercising, sleeping, and performing daily tasks;
- Issues with comfortable sleeping;
- Issues finding clothing that will properly fit.
Women who are contemplating breast augmentation or reconstruction with implants would benefit from having a good understanding of the dimensions and weight of different-volume silicone implants. Choosing the correct volume, diameter, and profile of the implant is critical to achieving the outcome you desire.
Working with a qualified and highly skilled cosmetic surgeon can help you make an informed decision and select the silicone breast implants that best align with your aesthetic goals and physical characteristics.
Where Can I Find Out More Information About Choosing The Best Breast Implants For Me?
If you are interested in having a breast augmentation, the first step you should take is to contact SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics and set up a consultation with Dr. Angelina Postoev or Dr. Nilton Medina.
Dr. Angelina Postoev, a highly esteemed cosmetic surgeon, has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the foremost experts in breast augmentation in Atlanta. With triple board certification and a wealth of experience, Dr. Postoev has consistently delivered exceptional results, transforming the lives of her patients through her surgical expertise.
Dr. Postoev is well-known for her exceptional skill and passion for excellence. She addresses each breast augmentation procedure with great care and a thorough understanding of the results her patients desire. Her expertise, combined with her artistic vision, allows her to transform the shape, size, and contour of the breasts and create beautifully proportioned and natural-looking results.
Dr. Nilton D. Medina, a highly accomplished and board-certified plastic surgeon, hails from a markedly distinguished background, having received training from three prestigious Ivy League institutions. Dr. Medina combines his extensive knowledge and technical proficiency to deliver outstanding results for his patients and carefully evaluates each patient’s unique anatomy, considering factors such as body proportions and existing breast tissue, to ensure that the results are both aesthetically pleasing and proportionate.
Dr. Medina has established himself as a trusted and sought-after plastic surgeon in the Atlanta area. Patients can trust in his expertise, and feel comfortable knowing that their desires and well-being are in capable hands.
At SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics, we believe in empowering our patients with knowledge, enabling them to make well-informed decisions about their breast augmentation journey. Contact SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics today and meet with one of our expert surgeons. Let us help you achieve your aesthetic goals.