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Breast Implant Sizing

Silicone Breast Implants Covington— Take Your Measurements

Although not the best way to determine size- the best is a carefully calculated pre-operative system such as the Envision Breast Implant Sizing System . Many women can’t resist trying various kinds of “Do it yourself” tests to try to visualize how they will look after breast augmentation surgery.

It’s certainly okay to “play around” with various looks — but remember that these “Do it yourself” tests give only broad approximations of the desired size and goal. Please don’t rely solely upon these tests to determine size,because all they offer is a “guesstimation” of the actual result.

And before you try any of the methods discussed below, be sure you have a good, correctly-sized bra. Breast forms are often only as good as the bras that contain them. Spending extra time getting the right bra size (not just cup size) will make all the difference in both your”test runs” and in your actual new shape after surgery.

Finding the Right Bra

sports bra      underwire bra       pouch bra

Believe it or not, studies show that the vast majority of women actually go through life wearing the wrong bra size — a situation that will present problems both with test implants and following the actual implant surgery.

Buy a bra that fits your body as perfectly as possible, remembering for your “test run” that homemade breast forms usually don’t hold a particular shape well – their shape comes from the bra that contains them. Keep these things in mind when bra-shopping:

  • Implants tend to run a bit wider than a natural breast, so you may need to wear a “D” cup simply because the width of a “C” cup bra is too narrow.
  • Bra sizes differ by style and manufacturer. For example, if you buy a 34C bra from Bali, this does not mean that you will always wear a 34C in all bras manufactured by Bali. This is true for all manufacturers.
  • A bra should be substantial and give enough coverage so that the desired contours can be created. (Push up bras, see-through lace, and sheer nylon do not work very well for implants or test forms. Bras with an underwire structure provide better shape.

Measuring For Correct Bra Size

Use a soft measure tape to measure each breast individually. Start where the breast begins – near the armpit – and measure all the way across the fullest part of the breast. (This usually means across the nipple, but if that’s not your fullest part ignore the norm and measure where you are the fullest.)

Then, measure the circumference of your ribcage. This is the area just below the breast, in the area ofthe crease; measure all the way around your body for your rib cage measurement.

If your result is an odd number, add 5″ to get your band width. (A ribcage measurement of 27″, plus 5″, equals a braband size of 32″.) If your rib cage measurement is an even number, add 4″ to get your band width. (A rib cage measure of 28″ rib cage, plus 4″,equals a 32″ bra band width.

Measuring bandwidth and cup size

Here’s a chart that might be helpful in determining bra size:

32″ bra band
(27-28″ ribcage)
If breast size is:
34″ bra band
(29-30″ ribcage)
If breast size is:
36″ bra band
(31-32″ ribcage)
If breast size is:
38″ bra band
(33-34″ ribcage)
If breast size is:
6″= A 7″= A 8″= A 9″=A
6.5″= Full A 7.5″= Full A 8.5″= Full A 9.5″=Full A
7″= B 8″= B 9″= B 10″=B
7.5″= Full B 8.5″= Full B 9.5″=Full B 10.5″=Full B
8″= C 9″= C 10″=C 11″=C
8.5″= Full C 9.5″= Full C 10.5″=Full C 11.5″=Full C
9″= D 10″= D 11″=D 12″=D
9.5″= Full D 10.5″= Full D 11.5″=Full D 12.5″=Full D
10″= DD 11″= DD 12″=DD 13″=DD
10.5″= Full DD 11.5″= Full DD 12.5″=Full DD 13.5″=Full DD
11″= E 12″= E 13″=E
11.5″= Full E 12.5″= Full E 13.5″=Full E

The best kind of bra to use for various breast implant sizing tests is a sports bra.
Why? Because a sports bra compresses the test forms much like muscles will compress the real implants. This is especially helpful if you plan on having your implants placed under the muscle, as most surgeons recommend.

Making Your Own Breast Implant Sizing Simulation

You can make your own breast implant sizing forms, from readily available and inexpensive materials. The types of forms created using these methods can quickly give you the look of a fuller, shapelier breast,but remember that they are only approximations of how your implants might look.

One of the most popular do-it-yourself test implant methods is the “Rice Test.”

The Rice Test

Despite its name, instant mashed potatoes, cous cous, birdseed and oatmeal are sometimes used instead of rice because they are lighter. It’s better and more realistic to stick with raw rice. However, since implants aren’t light and the weight of rice is much closer to what you actually will feel with your implants.

To do the rice test, you’ll need the following materials:

  • 1 pair of knee high nylons, preferably in a shade that closely matches your skin coloration
  • An inexpensive plastic funnel to fill the knee-high
  • 1 pair scissors
  • A good quantity of rice (or whatever filler you’ve chosen to use)

Use knee-high hose (or cut-off pantyhose), and fill them with the desired amount of cubic centimeters (cc’s) of rice. The general consensus of the rice measuring system is usually 270 to 275 cc per cup of raw rice.(Some women use zip-closure plastic bags, instead, but this is not recommended, due to the “pointed” corners of the bag.) Once you have them filled, try them on under a properly fitting sports bra.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has suggested that an average of 189 cc of saline is needed to bring a patient up by just one cup size. Generally, one cup of raw rice equals 270 to 275 cc. You’ll need a conversion chart to help you determine how much rice to use.

Here’s one conversion chart:

1 milliliter (ml) = 1 cc
1 Teaspoon [US] = 4.9 cc
1 Tablespoon [US] = 14.7 cc
1 ounce [US, liquid] = 29.5 cc
1 cup [US, liquid] = 236.58 cc

Here’s another:

1 cup = 236cc
½ cup = 118cc
¾ cup = 177cc
¼ cup = 59cc
1/3 cup = 78cc
2/3 cup = 156cc
1/8 cup = 30cc

Or, you might want to use an online conversion chart such as the one found on:
http://www.onlineconversion.com/volume.htm

The amounts above can be used in different combinations to achieve the cc amount you desire. And remember that if your implants are going under the muscle, you’ll need to add about 15% more to the amount that you like when it comes time for the actual implant. For example, if you like the way 400cc looks under the sports bra, you need to add 15% tothat amount — that is, you would need around 460cc implants to achieve the look you see with the test implants in the sports bra.

How to make the Forms:

Have ready the approximate amount of rice that will be required for eachform. (If you are using a mix such as birdseed, you will need to use a screen or colander to sift it in order to separate everything but the small, round seeds.)
If you use seeds, use only
small round ones, such as millet.

Insert a hand in the knee-high and stretch it out to reduce the natural stiffness of a new nylon. Insert the funnel in the top of the nylon and pour in the correct amount of seed. (Too little rice in the form will make the bra wrinkle; too much will make the form overflow and look phony.)

Twist the stocking a couple of times and then push the ball you have created through the remainder of the stocking so that your form will be 2-ply. (This will greatly lessen chances of the form tearing or opening while you’re wearing it.) As for how tightly to pack the form, experiment a bit to get the right amount of tension when you twist it; if you have it too loose or too tight the form won’t look or feel realistic.

Next, tie a slip-knot so that it can easily be undone if the amount of rice needs to be adjusted — as it most likely will need to be. The nylon will adjust and stretch over a few days giving a more natural feel to the form. For this reason, you can’t assume that the form is “final” when you’ve first made it. The amountof filler most likely will need some slight adjustments, and the form will feel more and more comfortable and natural as time goes on.

Use scissors to cut off the nylon above the knot. If the knot is made tightly enough and the correct amount of nylon is left, a fairly realistic “nipple-look” can be created. Insert the form into your bra, making sure that the slipknot is worn at the right place to simulate the nipple.

Make sure that balance between your left and right side is about equal and does not produce an overly lopsided appearance. Most natural breasts are, in fact, a bit uneven — but with breast augmentation you’ll be able to have perfectly balanced breasts.

The advantages of this type of test form are:

  • It looks pretty realistic
  • It has a more realistic weight than foam or cotton inserts
  • It’s easy to configure the exact size you want
  • It’s inexpensive, so you could try several different sizes
  • It’s easy to do
  • It’s sturdy, and shouldn’t fall apart on you in normal, everyday wear

There are a few negatives, though, and they are:

  • The consistency and feel is aren’t as realistic as silicone or saline (or as latex or rubber)
  • It’s not waterproof (avoid getting caught in the rain!)
  • Fillers other than rice (especially seeds) might have an odor
  • Fillers might leave unpleasant residues on your clothing
  • Even though the basic shape is determined by the bra, minor impacts can cause temporary deformations

Forms Made from Rubber Fishing Worms and Balloons

To make this kind of breast implant sizing test, you’ll need:

  • 1 pair of knee high nylons — choose a shade that closely matches your skin coloration.
  • 4 paddle balloons — These can be found in flower shops and cost about $10 each. When flat they are circular in shape and are about 10″ in diameter. Choose a shade closest to your own skin tone.
  • About 200 4-inch rubber worms — These can be bought from mail-order fishing companies or found in bulk at some stores such as K-Mart and Wal-Mart (costing about $11/$12 a bag). Avoid bright colors and, if possible, get colors closest to natural skin tones.
  • 2 3-quart bottles or storage containers or some similar plastic object that has a kind of rounded shape to it.
  • Sandpaper

How to Make the Forms

Prepare the stockings in the same way as detailed in the rice test (above).

Count out the correct number of rubber worms into a container with a narrow neck. About 40 of the rubber worms in each balloon will give you anapproximate B cup; 60 in each will approximate a C cup. You also could shred the worms in a blender (better resulting texture); if you do this, you’ll need more worms.

Stretch the mouth of a paddle balloon over the container and fill the balloon with the worms, then fill the balloon with water until all the worms are covered. Squeeze extra air out of the balloon and tie the top tightly.

Now you’re ready to cut your plastic container. Cut two pear-shaped forms out of the plastic to a size that will fit over your breast (with the narrow tip of the pear shape toward your arm pit). Sand the edges so that they’re smooth and won’t puncture either your skin or the balloon.

Insert the narrow end of the plastic into the opening of the stocking and work it all the way to the toe. Pull the open end of the stocking down and over so that the opening is on the outside of the plastic. Carefully insert the balloon, squeezing it gently to get it in. If desired, pull the balloon knot out through the opening of the stocking to form a nipple. Wrap the open end of the stocking over and around the balloon knot and tie it firmly.

The advantages of this type of form are:

  • It looks pretty realistic
  • It has a more realistic weight than foam or cotton inserts
  • It has more realistic movement than the rice test form
  • The size of the form is fairly easy to change if it does not fit in a bra
  • It’s inexpensive, so you could make several different sizes to try
  • It’s sturdy, and shouldn’t fall apart on you in normal, everyday wear

The negatives concerning this type of form are:

  • The consistency, feel and movement aren’t as realistic as silicone or saline
  • It’s vulnerable to puncture and resulting water leakage
  • It’s not attachable to the chest

Assorted Other “Do It Yourself” Breast Implant Sizing Forms

Plain old water might be the easiest and cheapest solution, although it’sharder to control the precise size and shape — and you must be constantly on guard about possible leakage. With that caveat, however,here are several unique methods we’ve heard about.

Condom Breasts

You’ll need:
4 non-lubricated, thick condoms

Making the form:
Take two of the condoms and unroll them one inside the other. Blow them uplike a balloon and allow them to stay inflated for about five minutes in order to stretch them out. After five minutes, let the air out. Fill the inner condom with hot water to the desired size. When you have reached the water volume you want, squeeze the remaining air out of the double-condom container and tie it closed with a double knot. Repeat this process to create the second breast form.

Be aware of the following:

  • Padded bras support this type of form better than a regular bra
  • Any kind of sharp encounter will produce puncture and leakage
  • It’s possible to use plastic bags in place of condoms, but they tend to leak more, even when double-bagged and double-knotted

“Jelly” Breasts

No,not the kind of jelly you spread on your toast. This is just a fun name for breast forms made out of gelatin, hair gels and the like. If you’re using gelatin (Jell-o, for example), mix it with about half the water called for. The resulting mixture will be thicker than water. If you are using a hair gel, just squirt it from the tube. (Gel is aparticularly good choice, as it has a good consistency and also has the tendency to mold itself to the shape of the bra cup supporting it.) You can then fill doubled plastic bags (or condoms) with the solution, tie them off and insert them into a padded bra. This kind of test form is inexpensive and easy — but be aware that it’s vulnerable to the same kind of puncture/leakage problem as condom breasts.

Silicone Caulking breast augmentation Sizing

We’ve heard that the “feel” of these test breasts is very natural. You’ll need to purchase four non-lubricated, thick condoms or six helium-grade(but unfilled) balloons, four-to-six tubes of silicone caulking, and the eraser end of a pencil.

Pre-stretch the condoms/balloons by blowing them up fully and let them remain inflated for several minutes before releasing the air. If you are using condoms, unroll one inside the other as described in the”condom breasts” instructions. If you are using balloons, use the eraser end of a pencil to insert one balloon into another and then insert the third balloon into the already-doubled balloon.

Squeeze the silicone caulking into the inner most condom/balloon to the desired fullness and then squeeze out any excess air. (If you happen to squeeze out a bit of caulking, it’s easy to clean up with a damp sponge.) Tie off the inner most balloon/condom; then inflate the middle balloon/outer condom enough for the caulking-filled one to drop inside,squeeze out excess air, then tie it off. If you are using balloons,then inflate the third (outermost) balloon enough to drop the tied-offones inside, squeeze out excess air and tie it off. Place the forms inside a padded bra for the best support.