How many CC's do I need?

I want to be a full 38 DD. I am currently a 38 C with 475cc filled to 515cc. How many cc's do I need to accomplish this? I'm 48 years old, weighing 190 lbs.

Answers from doctors (20)


Barry J. Kaplan, D.O.

Published on Jun 03, 2016

515cc's will give you a 2 1/4 cup jump.

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Answered by Barry J. Kaplan, D.O.

515cc's will give you a 2 1/4 cup jump.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Kenneth L. Stein M.D. FACS

Published on May 18, 2016

Perhaps another 100 cc will bring you to a DD. Be clear with your doctor and show him/her a picture of what you want.

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Answered by Kenneth L. Stein M.D. FACS

Perhaps another 100 cc will bring you to a DD. Be clear with your doctor and show him/her a picture of what you want.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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

Published on Nov 21, 2015

You should almost be there. You will need at least 100 -150 per cup size in a 38.

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

You should almost be there. You will need at least 100 -150 per cup size in a 38.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Lane F. Smith, M.D.

Published on Nov 17, 2015

Thank you for your question. Typically, approximately 175cc's will increase one full cup size. However, this can vary based on height and weight.

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Answered by Lane F. Smith, M.D.

Thank you for your question. Typically, approximately 175cc's will increase one full cup size. However, this can vary based on height and weight.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Body by Ravi

Published on Nov 16, 2015

In order to answer your question you need to be seen in person. Measurements need to be taken. On average, 150 to 200 mL is approximately one cup size increase.

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Answered by Body by Ravi

In order to answer your question you need to be seen in person. Measurements need to be taken. On average, 150 to 200 mL is approximately one cup size increase.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Robert A. Shumway, MD, FACS

Published on Nov 13, 2015

Maybe 750-800cc after chest measurements are performed.

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Answered by Robert A. Shumway, MD, FACS

Maybe 750-800cc after chest measurements are performed.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Paul Wigoda M.D.

Published on Nov 12, 2015

Bra sizes are not written in stone. The same person can wear different cup sizes, often depending on where they buy the bra. So what you consider a DD may not be what I consider a DD. If I were your surgeon, I would ask you to show me a photo of what you want and that way I can estimate the size implant you would need. I would need to take into consideration how much of your own breast tissue you have as well. Without seeing photos or examining you I cant give you a very accurate number, but I would estimate you would need 700-800cc. Best of luck.

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Answered by Paul Wigoda M.D.

Bra sizes are not written in stone. The same person can wear different cup sizes, often depending on where they buy the bra. So what you consider a DD may not be what I consider a DD. If I were your surgeon, I would ask you to show me a photo of what you want and that way I can estimate the size implant you would need. I would need to take into consideration how much of your own breast tissue you have as well. Without seeing photos or examining you I cant give you a very accurate number, but I would estimate you would need 700-800cc. Best of luck.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Gerald Minniti, M.D., F.A.C.S

Published on Nov 12, 2015

I am terribly sorry, but no surgeon can reliably estimate what cup size you'll be. Moreover, it isn't really that important. What's important is that you are happy with the way you look in the mirror after surgery. Using sizers in the office can help you and your surgeon determine the appropriate sized implant for you.

As a recommendation, don't get saline implants. They are firm, prone to rippling, and more likely to fail and deflate compared to silicone gel. Silicone gel is as safe as saline.

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Answered by Gerald Minniti, M.D., F.A.C.S

I am terribly sorry, but no surgeon can reliably estimate what cup size you'll be. Moreover, it isn't really that important. What's important is that you are happy with the way you look in the mirror after surgery. Using sizers in the office can help you and your surgeon determine the appropriate sized implant for you.

As a recommendation, don't get saline implants. They are firm, prone to rippling, and more likely to fail and deflate compared to silicone gel. Silicone gel is as safe as saline.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Joseph M. Perlman, M.D.

Published on Nov 12, 2015

Plan on increasing your size 25 to 35%, which would be around 650-675 mL.

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Answered by Joseph M. Perlman, M.D.

Plan on increasing your size 25 to 35%, which would be around 650-675 mL.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Edward Domanskis M.D.

Published on Nov 12, 2015

Every 120-150cc adds about one cup size. So, if you want to be 5 cup sizes larger, then you should be aiming at about 500cc to 750cc above what you are now! I specialize in XL breast implants. Unfortunately, the largest implants standard available in the US in silicone is 800cc and saline shell 800cc. The latter can be filled with a larger amount, though the manufacturers do not recommend this. The other option I use is a tissue expander. So, you do have several options to achieve your goal, even with custom XL silicone implants. Just be sure to find a board certified plastic surgeon who is skilled in fitting and placing implants of this size.

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Answered by Edward Domanskis M.D.

Every 120-150cc adds about one cup size. So, if you want to be 5 cup sizes larger, then you should be aiming at about 500cc to 750cc above what you are now! I specialize in XL breast implants. Unfortunately, the largest implants standard available in the US in silicone is 800cc and saline shell 800cc. The latter can be filled with a larger amount, though the manufacturers do not recommend this. The other option I use is a tissue expander. So, you do have several options to achieve your goal, even with custom XL silicone implants. Just be sure to find a board certified plastic surgeon who is skilled in fitting and placing implants of this size.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Tom Pousti, M.D.

Published on Nov 12, 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 manufacturers 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 manufacturers available to me at all times. This procedure takes more time BUT gives more exact results.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Remus Repta M.D.

Published on Nov 12, 2015

Thank you for the question. Since the description of what a DD would be can be partly subjective it may be wise to try on sizers in your plastic surgeons office. Doing so will allow you to pick an approximate size of increase in volume of implants that you desire.

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Answered by Remus Repta M.D.

Thank you for the question. Since the description of what a DD would be can be partly subjective it may be wise to try on sizers in your plastic surgeons office. Doing so will allow you to pick an approximate size of increase in volume of implants that you desire.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


David C. Yao MD, FACS

Published on Nov 12, 2015

Thank you for asking. This is difficult to say in an online forum. There's no exact formula to say how many cc's will be needed to fill a certain cup size. The garment industry has a cup size standard but not all makers are uniform. Seeing your local board certified plastic surgeon in person can help determine your needs and give you an opinion. Hope this helps. Best wishes

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Answered by David C. Yao MD, FACS

Thank you for asking. This is difficult to say in an online forum. There's no exact formula to say how many cc's will be needed to fill a certain cup size. The garment industry has a cup size standard but not all makers are uniform. Seeing your local board certified plastic surgeon in person can help determine your needs and give you an opinion. Hope this helps. Best wishes

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Daniel C. Mills, M.D., F.A.C.S

Published on Nov 12, 2015

Generally, I find that one cup size is about 150 mL. When you get into the larger volumes 150 mL doesn't make as much of a difference so it's usually more like 250 for a cup size. The largest silicone implants are 800 mL. But if you are OK with the possible rippling of the saline implants you could go a touch biggee. The larger you go the more complications one has generallly. You should talk this over extensively with your plastic surgeon. Make sure to pick someone who is a member of the American Society for aesthetic plastic surgery as they do the preponderance of their work in cosmetic surgery

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Answered by Daniel C. Mills, M.D., F.A.C.S

Generally, I find that one cup size is about 150 mL. When you get into the larger volumes 150 mL doesn't make as much of a difference so it's usually more like 250 for a cup size. The largest silicone implants are 800 mL. But if you are OK with the possible rippling of the saline implants you could go a touch biggee. The larger you go the more complications one has generallly. You should talk this over extensively with your plastic surgeon. Make sure to pick someone who is a member of the American Society for aesthetic plastic surgery as they do the preponderance of their work in cosmetic surgery

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Stephen Greenberg, MD

Published on Nov 12, 2015

Thank you for your question. How many cc's or what size implant your surgeon will need to use to bring you from a 38C to a 38DD is a tough question to answer without performing a physical examination to evaluate. The difficulty is that bra manufacturers produce bras that are all sized slightly differently, and there is not a great deal of consistency across brands. With that being said, your surgeon may need to increase your implant size by several hundred cc's to provide you with the cup size you desire. If you are switching from saline breast implants to silicone breast implants the size or fill difference may even be greater to accommodate for the profile difference between the two types of implants. Your body type and breast measurements will also largely dictate what size implant your surgeon will need to use to achieve the cosmetic result you are hoping for. I would highly recommend following up with or consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentations. At the time of your visit, a thorough size discussion can take place that will better dictate what size implant will most likely be used. Best of luck!

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Answered by Stephen Greenberg, MD

Thank you for your question. How many cc's or what size implant your surgeon will need to use to bring you from a 38C to a 38DD is a tough question to answer without performing a physical examination to evaluate. The difficulty is that bra manufacturers produce bras that are all sized slightly differently, and there is not a great deal of consistency across brands. With that being said, your surgeon may need to increase your implant size by several hundred cc's to provide you with the cup size you desire. If you are switching from saline breast implants to silicone breast implants the size or fill difference may even be greater to accommodate for the profile difference between the two types of implants. Your body type and breast measurements will also largely dictate what size implant your surgeon will need to use to achieve the cosmetic result you are hoping for. I would highly recommend following up with or consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentations. At the time of your visit, a thorough size discussion can take place that will better dictate what size implant will most likely be used. Best of luck!

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Thank you for your question. Breast size is variable depending on the type of bra you wear-- different manufacturers' bras will fit differently depending on how they are designed. Based on your present implant size and bra cup size, if you want to increase to a DD cup, you will need to increase a minimal of 100 cc and as much as 200 cc. The size increase will be depend on your breast measurements and degree of tissue stretch as to which implant will give you the results you desire. I recommend you discuss with a board certified plastic surgeon the potential negative side effects of saline implants that size prior to proceeding with such a large size increase.

Answered by Charles A. Messa, III, M.D., F.A.C.S. (View Profile)

Thank you for your question. Breast size is variable depending on the type of bra you wear-- different manufacturers' bras will fit differently depending on how they are designed. Based on your present implant size and bra cup size, if you want to increase to a DD cup, you will need to increase a minimal of 100 cc and as much as 200 cc. The size increase will be depend on your breast measurements and degree of tissue stretch as to which implant will give you the results you desire. I recommend you discuss with a board certified plastic surgeon the potential negative side effects of saline implants that size prior to proceeding with such a large size increase.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Andrew Trussler MD, FACS

Published on Nov 12, 2015

Breast implant cup size can translate somewhat into volume, and roughly 150 to 200cc of volume can equal one cup size, though skin and tissue laxity needs to be factored in as well as who is fitting your bras. Bra fitting is very subjective and can vary 1 to 2 cup sizes depending on style and comfort.

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Answered by Andrew Trussler MD, FACS

Breast implant cup size can translate somewhat into volume, and roughly 150 to 200cc of volume can equal one cup size, though skin and tissue laxity needs to be factored in as well as who is fitting your bras. Bra fitting is very subjective and can vary 1 to 2 cup sizes depending on style and comfort.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Afshin Farzadmehr, M.D.

Published on Nov 12, 2015

This question would be easy to answer upon an in-person consultation to examine the breast and determine tissue envelope and capacity for larger implants.

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Answered by Afshin Farzadmehr, M.D.

This question would be easy to answer upon an in-person consultation to examine the breast and determine tissue envelope and capacity for larger implants.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Joseph J. Hirschfeld, M.D., P.A., F.A.C.S.

Published on Nov 12, 2015

Thank you for contacting us. It is hard to tell without first seeing you.

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Answered by Joseph J. Hirschfeld, M.D., P.A., F.A.C.S.

Thank you for contacting us. It is hard to tell without first seeing you.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Good morning!

It takes about 200cc to go up a cup size, but the larger you go the more it takes for each step. For instance, going from 300cc to 500cc is a much bigger change than going from 600cc to 800cc.

Given you frame, it will most likely take 900-1000cc to reach a nice DD size!

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

Good morning!

It takes about 200cc to go up a cup size, but the larger you go the more it takes for each step. For instance, going from 300cc to 500cc is a much bigger change than going from 600cc to 800cc.

Given you frame, it will most likely take 900-1000cc to reach a nice DD size!

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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