Breast augmentation and sizing – 5 things to consider so you get a natural look
While breast augmentation procedures are still one of the most popular surgeries requested by Long Island area women, there is one thing that has changed over time: natural is in. Patients are focusing on natural results and don’t want to end up with a chest that looks artificially enhanced. Several factors need to be considered in order to achieve the results you desire. The surgeons at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery in Huntington, New York specialize in breast augmentation procedures and they’ve created a helpful guide to ensure that your new breasts will look just as natural as your original breasts, only fuller and shapelier.
Silicone and saline are your two options when it comes to what material your implants will be composed of. Each of these options offers different pros and cons, and ultimately depends on your personal preference. You’ll be able to view examples of silicone and saline implants during your consultation so you can have a better idea of how each option looks and feels. Silicone implants are FDA approved for women ages 22 and up. They are known to be a popular choice because they tend to look and feel the most natural. Silicone implants are pre-filled so you are limited to where they can be inserted and your surgeon will not be able to alter the size of thte implant during surgery.
Saline implants are FDA approved for women that are ages 18 and up. If the natural look is what you’re after it’s important to note that saline implants are more prone to rippling which is definitely something you want to avoid when trying to maintain a natural appearance. Saline implants are not filled until after they’ve been inserted so your surgeon can adjust the size, if necessary, and you also have more options when it comes to incision locations. Saline implants will begin to deflate if they ever rupture, but this is not always the case with silicone implants.
Teardrop or round
You may think a round implant will make your breasts look fake or sit too high, or you may think a teardrop shape will not provide enough volume. The truth is that it’s not so much about the shape of the implants, but more about the shape of your body and which implant fits better.
Teardrop implants, also known as anatomic implants, are known for their shape as they offer less volume up time and more volume in the base. This type of implant is great for someone who wants more subtle results and not the full, rounder appearance that comes with round implants. Teardrop implants run the risk of rotating within the breast pocket and surgery would be required to correct this issue. To help prevent the implant from rotating the outer shell is textured which may lead to noticeable rippling. The incision for teardrop implants is also larger so you will have more noticeable scarring. Round implants can also provide natural results, and rotating will not be an issue due to their shape. Round implants may give off a fuller appearance, but gravity will help pull them into a natural shape to help look more natural. It’s important to work with your surgeon to determine which shape will work best with your body and provide the outcome you desire.
While this may not be an easy decision, this is a very important one to get right. One of the biggest worries women throughout Long Island contemplate during their breast augmentation diligence process, is what size do I want to be?
You don’t want to go too big if you want natural results and you also don’t want to go too small and be disappointed with the outcome. There are other important items to consider when selecting the size of the implant which include making sure it fits with your body shape and frame, while keeping things natural looking. If you have no idea what size you’d like to move forward with ask your surgeon to provide a few recommendations and also ask to see photos of before and after patients that selected the same size. A visual can be incredibly helpful in determining whether or not you like the size or if you want to go bigger or smaller.
Placement of implant
Typically implants are placed over or under the chest muscle. Since the goal is to have the implants look as natural as possible several items will be taken into consideration when determining which placement method is best for you. Patients that don’t have a lot of their own breast tissue would probably do better with implants placed under the chest muscle; otherwise it will be hard to achieve a natural look. The implants would stick out significantly if there isn’t much tissue to cover them. Another item to take into account is the material that the implant is made out of. Since silicone implants are a little stiffer it’s common to place them under the chest muscle in order to make them sit more natural. A good candidate for implant placement above the chest muscle is someone that has a good amount of existing breast tissue and someone who has selected silicone implants since they aren’t as firm as saline.
Selecting a surgeon
Selecting a good, reputable Long Island area plastic surgeon is one of the best ways to get the results you desire. Ask your friends, family, or coworkers who they used and see if they would recommend their surgeon. You can also search online for reviews of good breast augmentation surgeons. It’s wise to look for a surgeon that is board-certified and has several years of experience in performing these types of procedures. Your surgeon is not just important during the actual surgery, but they are also there to guide you and help you make important decisions prior to the surgery including implant type, shape, and size. An experienced surgeon will be able to take a look at your body, assess your breast tissue and elasticity and suggest which implants will give you the natural results you’re after.
Interested in learning more?
As you can see, various factors come into play when attempting to get as natural a result as possible. It’s important that you go with a surgeon who is well-versed in breast augmentation procedures and who will take all of these items into account. If you’d like to schedule a breast augmentation consultation then please give Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery in Huntington, NY a call. Our highly-skilled surgeons have what it takes to ensure that you’ll be happy with your results.
A beautiful, natural looking chest is just a phone call away. Contact us today to see why so many Long Island patients rely on us for their cosmetic needs.