The results from natural-looking breast augmentation move and feel like normal body tissue and they also complement the patient’s body frame. Consequently, experts at eSSe Plastic Surgery conduct a comprehensive breast and chest exam to determine the most ideal implant size, profile, and placement.
- Most of the breast volume is in the lower half. In fact, one survey has shown that most people prefer the 45:55 upper-to-lower breast pole ratio.
- The breasts have a mild slope toward the nipple.
- The breasts sit approximately at the mid-arm level.
The Right Breast Implant Size
Getting the right implant size is the key to natural-looking breast augmentation. A good rule of thumb is to use implants whose width, forward projection (profile), and overall volume are within your chest and breast measurement, soft tissue coverage, skin elasticity, and body frame.
Natural-Looking Breast Augmentation and Shape
Using the right implant size is one of the key factors to achieving a natural breast shape, which has a mild slope toward the nipple, a slight lateral bulge, and moderate upper pole fullness. Also, the areolar complex should lie approximately in the middle of the breast mound.
In essence, a natural-looking breast augmentation result has a soft teardrop shape.
To further ensure natural breast shape after surgery, the implants should also sit behind the areola complex, approximately in the middle of the breast.
Breast Implant Placement for the Natural Effect
The implant pocket, which is the space where the implant sits, should be dissected precisely to ensure natural-looking breast augmentation. The goal is to prevent the implants from moving too freely that they reach your collarbone or spill into your cleavage or armpit, or being too constricted (due to pocket that is too small) that bunching and crimping ensues.
Meanwhile, if you have little soft tissue, it is almost a sacrosanct rule to place the implants behind your chest muscle, as opposed to putting them on top of this anatomical layer.
The chest muscle provides additional soft tissue coverage, which creates a smooth shape, prevents rippling and scalloping, and ensures a soft, natural feel.
Saline Vs. Silicone Implants
Breast implants are either filled with silicone or saline (i.e., sterile saltwater solution). If you have little soft tissue coverage or want to go a bit larger, silicone implants are the best option because their filler material feels and moves like natural tissue.
Currently, silicone implants are available in two types: standard gel and cohesive gel.
The standard silicone gel implant has a very mushy feel, while the cohesive version is a bit firmer since its gel has a stronger cross-link that some doctors refer to it as a gummy bear implant.
Because the gummy bear implants hold their shape, they typically create a teardrop profile.
To learn more about natural looking breast augmentation, reach out to us here at eSSe Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!