The Four Elements of Natural Looking Breast Implants

Dr. Sacha Obaid, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Dallas, Plano, Southlake, and Nearby Fort Worth, Texas

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By Sacha Obaid

When considering breast augmentation surgery, many women ask the same question: Will my new breasts look and feel natural? The short answer is it depends . . . on YOU. The truth is that you have much more control over your new breasts than you may realize.

To maximize the success of your operation, and ensure your breast augmentation surgery gives you the boost in self-confidence you’ve been looking for, consider the following four elements of natural looking breast implants – they have a big influence on how natural your breast implants look and feel.

Implant Size and Shape

When it comes to natural looking breast implants, shape and size are very important. While many people think bigger breasts are better, and higher profile breasts look perkier, implants that are too large or produce too high a profile may result in unnaturally protrusive looking breasts. There are a number of factors that determine the optimal implant size and shape for your body, including your body proportions, so if you want to make sure your implants look natural it’s important to have a discussion with a professional.

Implant Spacing

While having too much space between your breast implants can result in an unnaturally large gap between your breasts, having too little space between implants can create artificial looking cleavage. As with the size and shape of your implants, the spacing of your implants is highly influential on the way your breasts look and the way your clothing fits after surgery, so you should make the decision with great care and in close consultation with your doctor.

Implant Site: Under-the-Muscle or Over-the-Muscle?

ost surgeons agree that under-the-muscle implants offer a more natural-looking breast shape. Because implants are hidden under the muscle of the chest wall, the submuscular technique generally leads to better shape, size, and overall position, in addition to less visible scarring. They’re also less likely to stretch out the breast and droop over time. Still, the best choice for you will depend on your breast size, so it’s important to speak with a surgeon before making a final decision. Check out our video here.

Implant Material

Among the options available today, silicone implants usually provide the most natural looking and feeling breasts. Although they’re more costly than saline, they’re much softer and viscous, are more likely to maintain their shape, and are much less likely to wrinkle. To most eyes, they’re basically indistinguishable from natural breasts. Nevertheless, before determining the implant material for your breast augmentation surgery, it’s crucial you discuss your options with a surgeon.