These days, most women who are preparing for breast augmentation want very smooth, natural-looking results rather than an exaggerated or “fake” look. However, if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by all your breast augmentation options and feel unsure of the best approach for achieving the outcome you desire, these key factors can help.
Pick an Implant Size That Fits Your Anatomy
Breast augmentation is not a one-size-fits-all procedure, so it’s imperative that you take into account your unique body shape and anatomy when choosing an implant size. Implants that are much too large for your breast base diameter can look disproportionate. Further, overly large implants carry a higher risk of malposition concerns like bottoming out. Working with your plastic surgeon to choose an appropriate implant size helps you achieve your ideal look while flattering your natural curves.
2. Take Advantage of 3D Imaging Technology
Because it’s so important that your breast implants work in harmony with the rest of your body, using 3D imaging technology such as Vectra 3D Imaging can be incredibly helpful. 3D imaging allows you to virtually “try on” different shapes and sizes of breast implants so you can see what your results might look like before your procedure even takes place. Alternatively, you can use rice sizers to help you better visualize how implants of varying sizes might look in bras or under clothing.
3. Consider Anatomical Breast Implants
Part of the gummy bear implant family, anatomical breast implants are teardrop-shaped rather than round like other types of silicone (gummy bear) implants. The tapered teardrop shape closely mimics the shape of your natural breasts, with more volume at the bottom than at the top. Anatomical implants can be great for small-breasted women without much natural tissue for coverage over the implants.
The right implant size, shape and type for you will depend on a number of different factors, including your natural anatomy, goals and personal preferences.
4. Have Realistic Expectations
While bringing in a few photos of your “dream look” can be helpful, bear in mind that every woman’s body is unique, so an implant size that looks great on one woman may not be the best look for you. Therefore, make sure you maintain realistic expectations of what breast augmentation can and cannot do. The ultimate goal of breast augmentation is to help you look and feel like the best possible version of yourself, not someone else.
5. Work with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
An experienced and highly skilled plastic surgeon is a must-have for a beautiful breast augmentation. For the most natural-looking breasts, choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who has ample experience and a great track record. Look at before and after photos from his or her practice, check online reviews and schedule a consultation before deciding if their practice is a good fit for you.
Dr. David Kaufman earned a bachelor of science degree from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, graduating with distinction, the highest academic honor. As an active duty naval special warfare officer, he served our nation for four years, including duty in Operation Desert Storm. He then attended Harvard Medical School, receiving his medical doctor degree in 1996. From there, he entered and completed postdoctoral surgical training in a combined general and plastic surgery residency at Stanford University Medical Center.
A board-certified plastic surgeon and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Kaufman’s diverse surgical experience and skill enables him to choose procedures and techniques to best suit each patient. Consider him and his practice, Kaufman Plastic Surgery, if you are looking for a plastic surgeon in the Sacramento area.