If I'm going for a Barbie doll look, will 1200cc or 1250cc help me achieve that?

I am 5'7" and weigh 158 pounds. I want XL implants. My goal is to have a Barbie doll/Playboy model look. Based on my height and weight, would 1200cc or 1250cc help me achieve that? I want high projection and side boob.

Answers from doctors (10)


Larry Leverett, MD, FACS

Published on Aug 11, 2016

No, but it will guarantee that you will have several additional procedures to try (often in vain) to rectify this decision. They are too large.

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Answered by Larry Leverett, MD, FACS

No, but it will guarantee that you will have several additional procedures to try (often in vain) to rectify this decision. They are too large.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery

Published on Jul 04, 2016

It is very difficult to determine the exact size and shape implant you will require to best match your ideal breast image without an examination by a board-certified plastic surgeon--not just any board-certified plastic surgeon, but one with many years of frequently performing breast augmentation surgery including different approaches, techniques and implant choices. This is because several measurements not to mention your breast characteristics are needed to determine the optimal implant size to obtain your goals. Without knowing these dimensions it would be difficult to make this determination. For example, the existing base width of your breast will determine, in many cases, the maximal volume per implant profile that you can accommodate. Simply placing implants in a bra to determine the size best for you is not always accurate as the bra often distorts the size, is dependent on the pressure the bra places plus the implant is outside your breast and not under it among other variables. Computer software morphing programs that automatically determine the best implant size can be helpful in some but not all cases (e.g. doesn’t work well in my experience with existing implants, sagging or asymmetric breasts). Using “want-to-be” photos, however, are useful if simply provided to the surgeon in advance for discussion purposes. Large implants, like the ones you are proposing, do have a higher incidence of complications. Make sure to discuss this issue with your surgeon.

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Answered by Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery

It is very difficult to determine the exact size and shape implant you will require to best match your ideal breast image without an examination by a board-certified plastic surgeon--not just any board-certified plastic surgeon, but one with many years of frequently performing breast augmentation surgery including different approaches, techniques and implant choices. This is because several measurements not to mention your breast characteristics are needed to determine the optimal implant size to obtain your goals. Without knowing these dimensions it would be difficult to make this determination. For example, the existing base width of your breast will determine, in many cases, the maximal volume per implant profile that you can accommodate. Simply placing implants in a bra to determine the size best for you is not always accurate as the bra often distorts the size, is dependent on the pressure the bra places plus the implant is outside your breast and not under it among other variables. Computer software morphing programs that automatically determine the best implant size can be helpful in some but not all cases (e.g. doesn’t work well in my experience with existing implants, sagging or asymmetric breasts). Using “want-to-be” photos, however, are useful if simply provided to the surgeon in advance for discussion purposes. Large implants, like the ones you are proposing, do have a higher incidence of complications. Make sure to discuss this issue with your surgeon.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Edward Domanskis M.D.

Published on Mar 24, 2016

Find a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in XL breast implants and has an imaging system that will show you how you would look with different sizes and shapes. The difference between 1200cc and 1250cc would be unnoticeable by the naked eye.

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Answered by Edward Domanskis M.D.

Find a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in XL breast implants and has an imaging system that will show you how you would look with different sizes and shapes. The difference between 1200cc and 1250cc would be unnoticeable by the naked eye.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Kenneth L. Stein M.D. FACS

Published on Mar 21, 2016

That sounds pretty big, but it will all depend on how much your body can take--that is, how much of an augmentation the chest wall can accommodate.

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Answered by Kenneth L. Stein M.D. FACS

That sounds pretty big, but it will all depend on how much your body can take--that is, how much of an augmentation the chest wall can accommodate.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Jed Horowitz, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Published on Mar 15, 2016

These are both very large implants, with only a one and a half shot glass difference. You would never notice this amount of difference between the two implants.

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Answered by Jed Horowitz, M.D., F.A.C.S.

These are both very large implants, with only a one and a half shot glass difference. You would never notice this amount of difference between the two implants.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Tom Pousti, M.D.

Published on Oct 02, 2015

Best thing to do is communicate with your surgeon. I ask my patients to bring in pictures of breast sizes that they like and even dislike. I review these photos with the patient and discuss if it is reasonable with their body type, size,etc.. I take these photos to the operating room with me and when the patients is on the operating room table, I use temporary sizers to view how different cc's look on the patient. I sit the patient up on the operating room several times and compare them with the photos that they have chosen. When I see that I have achieved the patient's goals, I remove the temporary sizers and put in the implants. There is no guess work. I have all sizes from both manufactorers available to me at all times. This procedure takes more time BUT gives more exact results.

Answered by Tom Pousti, M.D. (View Profile)

Best thing to do is communicate with your surgeon. I ask my patients to bring in pictures of breast sizes that they like and even dislike. I review these photos with the patient and discuss if it is reasonable with their body type, size,etc.. I take these photos to the operating room with me and when the patients is on the operating room table, I use temporary sizers to view how different cc's look on the patient. I sit the patient up on the operating room several times and compare them with the photos that they have chosen. When I see that I have achieved the patient's goals, I remove the temporary sizers and put in the implants. There is no guess work. I have all sizes from both manufactorers available to me at all times. This procedure takes more time BUT gives more exact results.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


John J. O'Brien, Jr. M.D.

Published on Oct 01, 2015

I think as a general rule I do not like to put implants in that are this large. Although,you may like the choice at this point this may create problems in the future that are uncorrectable with significant tissue stretch and sagging.if you decide to go this large just understand that you're setting yourself offer significant problems in the future. Best of luck with this decision.

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Answered by John J. O'Brien, Jr. M.D.

I think as a general rule I do not like to put implants in that are this large. Although,you may like the choice at this point this may create problems in the future that are uncorrectable with significant tissue stretch and sagging.if you decide to go this large just understand that you're setting yourself offer significant problems in the future. Best of luck with this decision.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


David C. Yao MD, FACS

Published on Oct 01, 2015

Thank you for asking. It is difficult to optimally pick breast implant size and volume on an online forum as it is also a physical sizing as well as visual in the office. 1200 cc tends to be on the much larger size based on your height. Your PS should examine you and determine with you what will work for you goals. I think that 50 cc at the volumes you describe are a minimal difference. Focus on the goal appearance and not on the number of the cc in the implant. That tends to meet the goals of my patients. Best wishes.

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Answered by David C. Yao MD, FACS

Thank you for asking. It is difficult to optimally pick breast implant size and volume on an online forum as it is also a physical sizing as well as visual in the office. 1200 cc tends to be on the much larger size based on your height. Your PS should examine you and determine with you what will work for you goals. I think that 50 cc at the volumes you describe are a minimal difference. Focus on the goal appearance and not on the number of the cc in the implant. That tends to meet the goals of my patients. Best wishes.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Christopher Pelletiere, MD

Published on Oct 01, 2015

Without an examination, it is impossible to say what would work best for you. Many women want to be in the XL implant range, but very few can actually accommodate that size safely, and no one can go that large in one setting. It usually takes multiple surgeries to get to that point. The best thing to do is to go for a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon and see what they recommend.

Answered by Christopher Pelletiere, MD (View Profile)

Without an examination, it is impossible to say what would work best for you. Many women want to be in the XL implant range, but very few can actually accommodate that size safely, and no one can go that large in one setting. It usually takes multiple surgeries to get to that point. The best thing to do is to go for a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon and see what they recommend.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


It's impossible to say without photos, but in my office I would measure your chest, we would review photos together, and you would have the opportunity to try on the implant sizers to make sure we select the proper size to achieve your goals. In general 1200-1250cc does achieve the look you describe.
I perform over 200 XL augmentations a year- tale a look at my website for several hundred photos, both clinical and candid, of patients I have operated on who have XL implants- the page also lists how many cc's each patient received. I created the page because there aren't a lot of photos with sizes listed on the web- so I thought it would be a great resource for patients considering larger sizes!

Answered by Don R. Revis, Jr., M.D, F.A.C.S (View Profile)

It's impossible to say without photos, but in my office I would measure your chest, we would review photos together, and you would have the opportunity to try on the implant sizers to make sure we select the proper size to achieve your goals. In general 1200-1250cc does achieve the look you describe.
I perform over 200 XL augmentations a year- tale a look at my website for several hundred photos, both clinical and candid, of patients I have operated on who have XL implants- the page also lists how many cc's each patient received. I created the page because there aren't a lot of photos with sizes listed on the web- so I thought it would be a great resource for patients considering larger sizes!

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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