What Is The Largest Breast Implant I Can Get For My Breast Width?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in getting fairly large breast implants. I am only 5′ 2” and 107lbs. I’m currently a 32A. I have been told that I would need multiple surgeries to get my desired size of 650cc. One plastic surgeon I consulted with suggested that I start with a 400cc implant and then have a second implant later to get to my size. My breast width is about 13cm. What is the largest implant (style and cc)that I can get based on my breast width?

A: There are some issues that you may be aware of when you place large implants in women with small breasts, primarily which is the stretching out of tissue support. This can cause some long-term problems such as tissue thinning, bottoming out and an increased risk of the need for revisional surgery. But I will assume you know these so I will answer your specific question.

Depending upon whether you are choosing a saline or silicone gel implant, there are different size consideration either of which would be a high profile style implant. I only use Mentor breast implants so I can only speak of those sizes. A 560cc high profile saline implant has a base width of 13.4 cms which can be maximally filled to 650cc. At maximal fill this will narrow its base to 13.1cm. For silicone Memory gel implants, a 650cc implant has a base width of 14.4cm.

As can be seen by these numbers, I do not know why you can not reach your desired breast implant size in a single breast augmentation surgery.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana