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Cup Size Lies: An In-Depth Look at Getting the Breast Size & Shape You Want

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Charlotte plastic surgeon explains what really matters when it comes to choosing the right breast implants.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Want a beautiful breast augmentation result? Then stop thinking in terms of cup size, says plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Ditesheim. The primary goal of breast augmentation should be to create an aesthetically pleasing breast shape that enhances a woman's proportions, rather than working towards fitting a predetermined bra size.

"A common misconception is that patients must first decide what cup size they want to be and then choose breast implants to get them there," says Dr. Ditesheim, who specializes in patient-centered breast augmentation and breast revision surgery at his Charlotte, NC practice. "In reality, a patient's cup size after breast augmentation is secondary. What's important is achieving a breast size and shape that she is happy with and that is beautiful on her body."

Dr. Ditesheim outlines the factors that a patient and her plastic surgeon need to consider when choosing breast implants:

  • Shoulder width & chest circumference: Balance and proportion are hallmarks of a natural looking breast augmentation, notes Dr. Ditesheim. Breast implants should be the correct width, profile (projection from the chest wall), and size to fit a patient's unique frame.
  • Current breast size: There must be enough breast tissue to surround the implant so it cannot be seen or felt beneath the skin. Patients with very little natural breast tissue will typically get better results with a more modest implant size, while those with more ample tissue can go a little larger if they desire.
  • Breast shape before augmentation: Any pre-existing breast asymmetry must also be taken into account; patients commonly need a different sized implant for each side to improve symmetry during breast augmentation.
  • Breast implant placement: Where the breast implant is placed also plays a role in determining implant size. Placement over the muscle generally allows for a larger implant, as there is no muscle tissue restricting the size of the pocket, or space for the breast implant, that the surgeon creates. However, placing the implant under the muscle can give the implant greater coverage for a more natural appearance, particularly in thinner patients.
  • Lifestyle considerations: Finding the right breast implant size is not just about aesthetics, says Dr. Ditesheim. Patients need to choose implants that are appropriate for their activity level and personality. For example, an avid runner may be happier with moderate sized implants that allow her to continue training comfortably after breast augmentation.

By focusing on her unique anatomy and personal goals, rather than trying to reach a certain cup size, a patient is more likely to have beautiful breast augmentation results, says Dr. Ditesheim. He encourages anyone interested in breast augmentation to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon, who can offer knowledgeable guidance about breast implant choices.

About Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery: Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Ditesheim, founder and medical director of Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery, has been specializing in cosmetic surgery for the breast, body and face since 1997. His office and accredited surgical center are located at 9336 Blakeney Center Drive, #130, Charlotte, NC 28277, (704) 754-8351. For more information, visit or read some of Dr. Ditesheim's reviews.

Media Contact: Jan Stanbro, Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery, (704) 754-8351

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