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Many women that make the decision to undergo breast augmentation surgery wish to achieve a dramatic enhancement in bust size.  In many cases, patients want to achieve a size D cup size after breast augmentation. We have helped many patients achieve their cosmetic goals, producing beautiful breast augmentation outcomes. When it comes to reaching a size D cup size, there are some factors to consider.

Implant Sizes Do Not Correspond to Cup Sizes

First, patients should know that breast implant sizes are measured in cubic centimeters. This measurement does not correspond directly to bra sizes.

Second, the amount of the patient’s existing breast tissue will play a role in the breast augmentation outcome. For example, if a patient already has a substantial amount of breast tissue, a smaller breast implant can be used to achieve a larger cup size. For a patient with a minimal amount of natural breast tissue, a larger breast implant would be required to achieve a similar size as the patient with existing breast tissue.

Third, bra cup sizes vary by manufacturer. For example, a D-cup size in Victoria’s Secret bra may be different than your cup size in a Maidenform bra. Therefore, when describing your cosmetic goals to your surgeon, using a bra cup size is not the most descriptive option. Instead of saying what bra size you would like to be, you may want to bring in photos of women who have the breast size that you desire. We can also have you try on breast implant samples to help you determine the appropriate size for your surgery.

Finally, the profile of the implant will also play a role in the appearance of the breasts. The profile of an implant refers to its base width or the amount of forwarding projection it will have. For example, a high profile implant will project out further from the chest wall than a low profile implant.

All of these considerations should be taken into account when determining breast implant size.

Achieving a D-cup in Small Breasted Patients

Patients with naturally small breasts who wish to achieve a dramatically larger cup size are at higher risk of post-surgical complications. This is because surgeons must create a larger pocket for the implants, and a larger amount of dissection is required. Some of the complications that can occur when large breast implants are placed include:

  • Thinning of the skin
  • The breasts become more prone to sagging
  • The results of breast augmentation are more obvious
  • Rippling is more likely to be visible
  • Increased likelihood of nipple numbness
  • Double bubble
  • Stretch marks

During your breast augmentation consultation, we will discuss these possible risks with you. We will help you choose a breast implant size that will not only meet your cosmetic goals but also produce a beautiful result and lower your risk of post-surgical complications. To schedule an appointment, call our office today or fill up our online consultation form. We look forward to meeting you.

*The content in this blog is developed to spread the awareness towards plastic surgery. Our blog is not intended to serve as a replacement for an actual in-office consultation with Dr. Marin. As such, the information within this blog reflects the unique cases of our individual patients.

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In light of the state wide restrictions on non-essential businesses to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are rescheduling all of our elective appointments until the global circumstances improve. Our necessary post-operative appointments will be made, as needed, to address immediate surgical concerns such as suture removal and acute postoperative issues. All non-acute follow up appointments, fillers and Botox will need to be postponed until after the quarantine period mid April. Our office will reach out to all patients who need to be rescheduled.

We will be offering new patient virtual consultations online and via Skype that can be scheduled through our website or by emailing Also, we will offer follow-up appointments in the same manner to help manage our patients’ concerns while still respecting the need for social distancing.

We appreciate all of your understanding during these difficult times for all of us.

Stay safe,

Dr. Main and the Marin Aesthetics Team