Breast enhancement procedures have evolved considerably since they first came into vogue more than 50 years ago. Still, some people assume that breast implants will always look fake, like a pair of melons or grapefruits stuck on the chest.
Thanks to a variety of innovations in both surgical technique and breast implant design, women who want to boost their cup size but maintain a natural look can enjoy subtle, beautiful results from breast augmentation. By controlling a number of factors, including implant type and placement, you can achieve an excellent outcome.
Opt for Submuscular Placement
Breast implants can be placed either above or below the pectoral muscle, depending upon your personal preferences and existing anatomy. One of the benefits of submuscular implant placement is that there is more soft tissue coverage of the implant, which minimizes the chances for visible folds and ripples. Submuscular breast implant placement is particularly useful for women who are quite thin and don’t have much tissue coverage. Another perk of submuscular placement is that it also reduces the risk for capsular contracture.
Consider Moderate Profile Breast Implants
In addition to coming in a range of sizes, breast implants also vary in profile type. The profile of a breast implant measures how far the implant projects outward from the chest. Low profile implants are relatively flat and wide while high profile implants project forward the most and give a very full, rounded, “done” look. When you imagine breast augmentation that looks very dramatic, you’re probably envisioning high profile breast implants. Moderate profile breast implants are the most popular, and deliver the most natural look.
Choose Silicone Implants
For your breast augmentation, you’ll have the opportunity to choose between saline and silicone implants. Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution, whereas silicone implants are made of a silicone gel that closely resembles both the look and feel of human tissue. Stick with silicone implants if you want your results to look subtle and feel authentic.
Complement Your Natural Anatomy & Lifestyle
Each woman has a unique body shape, so designing your breast augmentation to ensure natural results means choosing implants that complement your natural anatomy. 350cc implants will look different on a woman with broad shoulders and a wide chest than they will on a woman with narrower physical features.
Your lifestyle is another important consideration when choosing breast implants. For example, breast implants for athletic women typically run a bit smaller. There’s nothing natural about breast augmentation that’s so pronounced as to force you to give up your normal daily routine, like that morning jog or evening trip to the gym.
Share Photos with Your Cosmetic Surgeon
It’s important to make sure you’re on the same page as your cosmetic surgeon. It’s not enough to describe that you’d like natural looking results, because that can mean different things to different people. Sharing photos of how you’d like your final outcome to look can be a great way to help your cosmetic surgeon understand your appearance goals. You’ll likely be able to try on different sizers, which can give you a glimpse as to how you’ll look with breast implants and can help you choose the size and profile type that’s most satisfying for you.
More and more women are requesting breast augmentations that look natural. There’s a strong chance that you’ve come into contact with at least one woman who has breast implants, yet you never noticed she had implants because they looked so natural. By making specific decisions about your implant type and placement, you too could be a part of that stealthy club of women with natural-looking breast augmentation.