Would you like to go from A cup to B cup with breast augmentation? We have clients to ask, “Is it even worth it to get A to B implants?” We’ll discuss the answer, here!
A breast augmentation procedure can enhance your body image and appearance. It continues to be one of the most common cosmetic surgeries in the United States.
The size of your breast implants will depend entirely on your breast augmentation goals. Depending on your height, weight and body type, however, restrictions may apply, as to the size of the implant you can have. Furthermore, we’ve seen that the best results of a breast augmentation will usually occur for those who choose to go up one or two cup sizes.
Thus, going from A cup to B cup is usually very possible and still “worth it” for most patients who prefer this look. To get to a full B cup, you will probably need a small, lightweight implant.
In this post, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Luis Vinas, will answer questions about going from A cup to B cup, how implant sizing works, as well as different styles of implants.
Breast Implant Sizes: What is the Difference Between A Cup and B Cup?
Despite popular belief, plastic surgeons don’t measure breast implants by a specific cup size. Here’s why: similarly to how many people wear different jean sizes in different brands, the same holds true for bra manufacturers. In general, manufacturers don’t use standardized sizing. If you’ve worn bras for any length of time, you’ll know that an A cup in one bra may be a B cup or a AA cup in another bra.
Plastic Surgeons measure breast implants in cubic centimeters, commonly known as cc’s. For reference, 15 cc’s equals roughly a tablespoon of implant filling. This gives plastic surgeons the ability to know and reference implant sizing, very specifically.
Implant manufacturers have a range of sizes and styles. Most implant sizes start off around 100 cc’s, or 6 to 7 tablespoons, for visual reference. Implants usually increase in 10 to 20 cc intervals, and are available up to nearly 800 cc’s. That’s 53 to 54 tablespoons, for those of you reaching for your calculator!
This makes it easy for us plastic surgeons, but it doesn’t necessarily make it any easier for patients to know how big of an implant they’ll need to go from A cup to B cup.
In general, most plastic surgeons tell patients that every 150 or 200 cc’s will increase breast size by one cup. This isn’t always the case, however. Some patients still require up to 300 cc’s to increase by one cup size. For this reason, we urge patients not to fixate too much on a particular volume for implants.
B Cup Implant Size
There are multiple factors that influence the size of a breast implant apart from the volume. Volume isn’t the only factor that influences the size of your breast implant. Some other factors include:
- Implant shape and profile
- Amount of natural breast tissue
- Width and contour of the rib cage
- The natural breast shape and dimension
Therefore, as implant size increases, it takes more cc’s of volume to achieve a full cup size increase regardless of the build of the patient. This means you would need a bigger implant to go from a B to a C cup than from A cup to a B cup.
B Cups: Are They Worth It?
Now that we’ve covered the size of breast implants, let’s focus on B cups, specifically. Many patients ask if B cups are ‘worth it’ during their breast augmentation consultation.
There are many situations when a B cup breast augmentation might be beneficial.
For instance if you want to:
- improve the shape of your breasts,
- have larger breasts without others noticing you’ve undergone a breast augmentation,
- correct breast asymmetry,
- create a fuller look in the upper part of your breast but don’t really want your breasts to be much bigger,
- continue to train as an athlete and worry that going too large might impact your performance, or
- increase your breast size more subtly.
Breast augmentations aren’t just about increasing size. They also help to enhance the overall appearance of the breasts. A skilled plastic surgeon can achieve what no padded bra can: breast symmetry, a beautiful shape, and breasts that look and feel natural, no matter if you choose a B cup or any other size.
What are B Cup Benefits?
Now let’s talk about some general benefits of smaller implants, such as going from an A cup to a B cup:
Fewer Complications with B Cup Breast Augmentations
Sometimes, very large implants can result in issues later down the road, especially with patients who have smaller frames. Larger implants have a higher rate of capsular contracture, visible rippling, and other complications. A skilled plastic surgeon will not go “bigger” than he or she feels comfortable doing.
Sticking with a more modest implant size for your body reduces these risks, while providing the client with a natural-looking but boosted appearance.
Longer Lasting Results with B Cup Breasts
Smaller implants weigh less. So, having less weight on your chest places less strain on your natural breast tissue. Thus, B cups pose less risk of premature sagging. While no breast augmentation will last a lifetime, smaller implants will last longer than some larger implants.
Small Implants for Active Lifestyle
If you’re an avid runner, Crossfit junkie, yogi, or active in any sport, smaller implants will typically fit your lifestyle. Smaller implants, for smaller frames will be more comfortable and more practical.
Keep Your A Cup to B Cup Breast Augmentation Under Wraps
Although a breast augmentation is certainly nothing to be ashamed of, some patients may not want to advertise that they’ve had one.
Leaving work with A-cups and returning with D-cup breasts may raise a few eyebrows. And, if you prefer for your surgery to leave you with a noticeable difference, then maybe that’s the path for you. However, for people who want to keep their breast augmentation more lowbrow, going to a small, or even full B cup may be more suitable.
Contact Cosmetica Plastic Surgery and Anti Aging Center
Dr. Luis Vinas is a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in the Port St. Lucie area. If you have questions about going from an A cup to a B cup or are wondering about smaller implants, don’t hesitate to reach out! An educated patient is a happy patient! You can call us at 772-337-1717 or fill out a form on our website!