Breast Implants: What’s a “cc”?

I often have women come into my office and tell me that they want to go up 1 or 2 cup sizes for their breast augmentation procedure. However, when it comes to choosing your new breast implants, volume is more important than cup size. Keep these important facts in mind when thinking about your new breast size.

  • Breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc) and are determined by the amount of silicone or saline that is present inside the implant shell.
  • One cc is the equivalent of 1 milliliter of fluid, and the units range from 120cc to 850cc.
  • 30 cc is equal to one ounce. The difference between 400 cc implants and 460 cc implants is 2 ounces.
  • Your current breast size will have an effect on the implant size you choose. If you start with a small B cup, you will need fewer cc’s to become a full C cup than someone who begins with an A cup.
  • There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to breast implants, so rely on the experience of a plastic surgeon to help you find the right fit.

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