Is It Better To Add More Saline To My Existing Breast Implants Or Just Get New Breast Implants?

Q:  I am interested in making my existing breast implants bigger. I am unsure as to whether it is better to just add more saline to my existing implants or to get new implants altogether. I currently have Mentor smooth round moderate plus saline implants which are 325cc. I am fairly small being 5’ 3” and weigh 108 lbs. I started out as an A cup and am now a C cup. Would adding 50cc to my implant make enough of a difference?

A: The answer to your question can be partially deduced by analyzing the percent change by ratio assessment. With existing 325cc implants, an additional fill of 50cc will make a 15% change in their volume. This will make a noticeable size difference with your small frame but don’t expect it to make a 1/2 or full cup size difference. Also, further saline fill will make the implants feel a little firmer. Assuming that the base size of your implants was 325cc, an additional 50cc will not make them feel abnormally firm. This is a good approach to enhance what you already have for a little ‘perk-up”. But if you are looking for a significant difference in breast size like a D cup, you will need to redo your breast augmentation with new implants that have a larger base size.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana