Breast Implants – By the Numbers

1. In 2015, about 1.4 million women around the world got saline or silicone breast implants. Some 300,000 of them lived in the United States, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Read about breast augmentation consultation, surgery and recovery here.

2. Breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (ccs) rather than cup size. To figure out how many ounces the implants are, divide the number of cubic centimeters in each of them by 30.

3. On a woman who is completely flat-chested and has a medium-sized frame, a 450 cc implant would be equivalent to the average C-cup bra. 450 ccs equals about 15 ounces, like this water bottle. See our Before & After Breast Augmentation photos.

4. Don’t fret over a few cc difference in implant size: The difference between a 375 cc and a 400 cc implant is less than 2 tablespoons – the amount of oil you would add to boxed pancake mix. [WATCH OUR VIDEO: Here’s how you’ll know what size implants to get.]

5. The largest standard saline implant is 775 ccs, while a silicone gel implant is 800 ccs. That’s equivalent to about 27 ounces, like this can of salsa.

6. It’s rare for a surgeon to charge more for a breast augmentation with larger-sized implants. Manufacturers don’t charge by the cubic centimeter either: They charge one set price for all off-the-shelf saline breast implants, whether they are 200 ccs or 600 ccs, and another set price (about $1,000 higher) for silicone gel implants.

7. If you get a pair of 350 cc saline implants, they’ll weigh about 1.5 pounds. If you get a silicone gel set, they’ll be closer to 1.7 pounds. To calculate how much your implants weigh, see below:

 

8. Outside of the body, a saline implant would freeze at about 28 degrees Fahrenheit, while a silicone gel implant would ice up at around 170 degrees below zero. Because your breast implants are close to your body, your natural body heat will keep them warm.

If you have some time on your hands, check out The Measure of Things, where you’ll learn lots of “useful” facts including that 450 ccs is about 20 times as big as a marshmallow!

9. An implant’s silicone shell would melt at temperatures greater than 392 degrees Fahrenheit. A conventional sauna is typically between 150 and 190 degrees. If you were in an environment where your breast implants would melt, you’d melt, too.

10. Breast implants are designed to be sturdy, and each manufacturer has its own testing protocol. Allergan tests its implants by exerting nearly 55 pounds of force on them repeatedly, up to 6.5 million times. By contrast, a routine mammogram exerts about 40 pounds of force when it compresses the breast, and if a woman had 50 mammograms in her lifetime, it would be a lot. [WATCH OUR VIDEO: Can a Mammogram Break a Breast Implant?]

Bonus Fact. The TSA says that liquids and gels are safe to bring aboard an aircraft in limited amounts – 3.4 ounces or less. Thank goodness breast implants are “packed in your luggage,” so to speak, because one 425 cc implant is equal to about 14 ounces. It would be hard to squeeze it into one of those quart-sized plastic bags.

Wouldn’t math class have been a lot more fun if you had problems like these to solve?