When it comes to breast augmentation surgery, many women ask the same question: how can I achieve natural looking breast implants? While your plastic surgeon will use his or her experience and skills to choose implants that work for you, you should not be afraid to express any preferences you have. To ensure your breast augmentation surgery gives you the results you desire, it’s important to educate yourself on the elements that make up breast implants.
1. Proportional Size and Shape
Two of the most important factors in natural looking breast implants are size and shape. There is a common misconception that bigger breasts are always better, but that’s not always the case. The truth is, large implants might not produce the best results for your specific body type. For instance, on some women, large, high-profile implants protrude in a manner that can look unnatural. Whenever considering shape and size, the key is to forget about a specific cup size and in turn think about how the various shapes and sizes fit in relation to your own body.
If you already have a particular cup size you’ve decided on, you may be surprised to find out during your consultation that it just doesn’t fit in relation to your body frame. For example, high-profile implants often look best if you have a small frame because the small diameter implants fit well on a narrow chest; nevertheless, this also means your implants will look abnormal if they’re too big.
Implant spacing determines where your implants are positioned on your chest. It makes a subtle but significant difference in how your breasts look after surgery. If there is too much space between your implants, the gap between breasts can look unusually large. On the other hand, if there’s not enough space, it can lead to a problem called skin tenting, where the skin between the breasts pulls away from breast bone. The best implant spacing for you depends partially on your anatomy. For example, the width of your breast bone and the shape and width of your chest wall are things your surgeon can’t change. A great surgeon, should be able to take these factors into consideration when spacing your implants.
3. Under or Over?
Over-the-muscle placement was much more common when breast augmentation was a relatively new procedure. In present day, most surgeons agree that under-the-muscle implants produce a more natural-looking breast shape. With this technique, breast implants are positioned beneath the chest muscle, which results in a more natural look, feel and overall position. Scarring also tends to be less noticeable when implants are placed under the muscle. There is also less likelihood of problems such as skin rippling, stretching or sagging of the breasts. Even though under-the-muscle placement is considered the best option by many surgeons, there are many cases where it may not be ideal. The very best placement technique is determined by how much breast tissue you have, breast size, as well as other factors.
4. Type of Material
Options available today include saline and various types of silicone. Silicone often produces the most natural looking breast implants. Silicone implants are slightly more costly than saline, but because they’re made from a highly viscous gel, they’re much softer. Another benefit of silicone implants is they retain their shape better than saline implants, and they are less likely to wrinkle. To most people, silicone implants are indistinguishable from natural breasts, with a look and feel that is almost identical. That makes them the go-to option for women who are considering breasts implants. While they might be the most popular choice, it’s still important to go over your options.
5. Quality Surgeon
The above elements are highly important in terms of the impact they have on the look and feel of breast implants. If you want your new breasts to look and feel natural, paying close attention to these factors is unquestionably the way to go. Always remember that the skill and experience of your surgeon is just as important. To get the best possible results, choose a surgeon who is board-certified and has many years of experience performing the procedure you want. When considering all of these factors, be sure to discuss your goals with your surgeon.