How to Determine the Best Breast Implant Size for Your Figure

Different factors go into calculating the best breast implant size for your body type. Chest wall, breast tissue, desired size, and breast measurements all are crucial in making the right choice.

One fact to remember is that breast implant sizes are measured in cubic centimeters (cc) for labeling purposes—for example, you would see 350cc on an implant label. Implants are available in a wide range of sizes, from 80cc to 800cc. The higher the number, the larger the implant size with widths varying from 7.4cc to 17.2cc.

When trying to determine what breast implant size would be best for you, there are two in-home measuring methods and those performed in your surgeon’s clinic. They include:

The Rice Test

This method has been around since the beginning of breast augmentation surgery and is somewhat useful to determine proper implant size. The process is simple, and all you need is some uncooked rice and an old pair of pantyhose. Cut a length of the pantyhose into two 12″ strips (avoid using the foot) and tie a knot on one end. Then, using a measuring cup that lists cubic centimeters, measure out a specific amount of uncooked rice into each piece. For instance, 100 ccs is about .42 of a cup. Those with “double d” dreams should know that 800 cc converts to four cups, or eight cups total considering both breasts.  Imagine having that much more weight on your chest! 

For this experiment, you should buy or borrow bras sized bigger than your current bra size. Fit the rice prosthetic into the larger bra and then try on your favorite outfits. This should give you an idea of what you will look like after augmentation.

The Water Test

The same premise as the rice test, the water test implements the use of plastic baggies filled with water. For both methods, use clothing that you enjoy wearing to get a good idea of how these sizes will make you look when your dress as you like.


When you visit your surgeon for a sizing session, they will have a range of implant sizers, which are implants designed to put inside your bra. This method is more detailed and will give you a better idea of how your implants will look after surgery and recovery. Surgeons encourage patients to bring a friend or partner to help them with the best choice. You will need to bring in several bras in different sizes to ensure you can model more than one implant size.

Computer Imaging

Advanced technology allows surgeons to use computer imaging to give the patient an idea of how their new implants will look on them. They use an image of the patient, and the computer simulates the results from breast augmentation, which employs that size.

Proportionate Implant Size

During your consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your body type in relation to the size of the breasts you wish to achieve. They will make recommendations about whether the size you prefer can cause complications or not. Risks to breast augmentation include excess sagging, separation of incision lines, and back and neck pain due to excessive upper torso weight. 

Measurements, like ribcage width, shoulder width, and height, are used to determine an array of sizes to achieve proportionate improvement and reduce the risk of these complications.

Learn More

The best way to determine the best size implant for breast augmentation surgery is to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Christopher Livingston

Call 281-501-1812 or contact us today.