Breast augmentation increases the size of your breasts and can create a more proportional silhouette. For many women who undergo this procedure, maintaining a natural look is a major consideration. The ideal results will fit your body type and enhance your appearance without being overly exaggerated. Achieving natural-looking breast augmentation results requires skill and expertise. At Hess & Sandeen, our board-certified plastic surgeons can work with you to enlarge your breasts in a way that complements your body and matches your desires and goals.
Choosing Breast Implants
After making the decision to get breast augmentation surgery, you will work with your surgeon to select the implants you prefer.
You should consider the following factors during this process:
Breast Implant Size
With breast augmentation, the goal is obviously to increase breast size. The question is how much of an increase you would like. In order for the final results to look natural, you should think about the overall size of your frame. Your plastic surgeon will ask questions to learn more about your desired appearance and will work collaboratively with you to find a balance between increased size and natural enhancement. Body-focused plastic surgery, such as liposuction or a tummy tuck, can help even out your figure if you have any concerns about your proportions beyond breast size. In many cases, combining different procedures can be very beneficial.
In addition to selecting a size, you will be able to consider different shapes. The two main options are round and teardrop. Round breast implants are more evenly sized whereas teardrop implants are fuller at the bottom than the top. Which is best for you will depend on your current breast shape and your frame, and your surgeon can help you make this decision.
Types of Breast Implants
For most of our patients seeking natural-looking breast augmentation, we recommend gummy bear implants, also known as highly cohesive silicone gel implants. They maintain their shape after insertion and can help prevent complications. The look and feel of gummy bear implants is nearly identical to natural breast tissue.
Techniques for Natural-Looking Breast Augmentation
In addition to the type of implants, the techniques used for your surgery can impact how natural the final results look.
Some factors your surgeon will consider:
Space Between Breast Implants
Where your breast implants are placed in relation to your chest is important. If they are too far apart or too close, the results will look unnatural and “off.” To find the proper placement, your surgeon will consider the width of your breast bone and the size of your chest wall. This process requires expertise and attention to detail, so it’s important to choose an experienced team. For transgender patients, finding the right spacing can be even more complicated, and the surgeon may adjust the implant size as well to compensate for a wider chest wall.
Over-the-Muscle or Under-the-Muscle Implantation
In addition to determining where the implants will be in relation to each other, your surgeon will decide whether to place the implants over or under the pectoral muscle. When breast augmentations were first performed, over-the-muscle implants were more common. Recently, under-the-muscle implants have been recognized to provide more natural-looking results in most cases. However, this is not necessarily true for every patient. Your surgeon will consider the amount of breast tissue you have, your body type, and other factors to determine whether over-the-muscle or under-the-muscle placement is ideal.
Natural Looking Breast Augmentation in Tucson, AZ
At Hess & Sandeen, our plastic surgeons have extensive experience in breast augmentation and other types of cosmetic surgery. We can work with you to achieve natural-looking results that are in line with your desired appearance. You can browse our breast augmentation before and after gallery to see our work and we can also show you examples during your consultation.