How Can I Get A Natural-Feeling Breast Augmentation?

Q:  What can I have done to make my breasts look fuller but still feel as natural as possible?

A: Breast implants are the only reliable method for increasing the size of one’s breasts currently. Many women have breast implants that look quite natural while others have a breast look after augmentation that some perceive as unnatural or fake. What is the difference between the two?

There are many element that contribute to the appearance of a breast augmentation. How loose or tight is the overlying breast skin and the size of the implant are the major contributing anatomic factors. A large implant with an initial tight breast skin will create a more rounded look with a full upper pole. A smaller implant with loose pre-existing breast skin will end up as more of a tear-drop shape.

The feel of a breast implant, however, is slightly different. Regardless of implant size, either saline or silicone gel implants can feel quite natural. Outside of the body, most people would agree that silicone implants feel more like natural breast tissue. But inside the body that difference is not as obvious. Saline breast implants can feel unnatural if rippling is present on the bottom or sides of the breast or if the implant is significantly overfilled so that it feels too hard.

In general, most breast augmentation patients are quite pleased with the feel of their implants. Unhappiness with implants that are too hard or too soft is a rare reason for revisional surgery.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana