When deciding to move forward with breast augmentation surgery, many women are surprised and sometimes overwhelmed by the many options they face when choosing implants. Beyond the obvious decision of size, choosing the best implant shape can help ensure that you achieve your goal results. Based on the name alone, one might conclude that anatomical breast implants will provide the most natural-looking results, but is this necessarily true?
What Are Anatomical Implants?
While traditional breast implants are round in shape, anatomically-shaped implants carry more volume at the bottom and taper toward the top to resemble a teardrop shape. The anatomical implants mimic the natural fall of the breasts and have become a popular choice for women hoping to achieve a subtle result.
A Firmer Feeling
The shape of anatomical implants may make them the obvious choice if you want the most natural-looking results, however there’s another factor to consider. Anatomical implants, also called “gummy bear” implants, are comprised of a highly cohesive silicone gel.
Before opting for anatomical implants, consider that they may feel firmer than traditional silicone implants. Women with softer breast tissue may prefer traditional implants whose feel won’t contrast as much with the feel of their natural breasts. In some situations, however, firmer is better. Anatomical implants are often ideal for breast reconstruction patients because the firmness and fixed shape of the implants can better recreate a natural-looking result.
Carefully Choose and Trust Your Surgeon
As with any cosmetic procedure, the skill and expertise of your surgeon will have the most direct impact on the quality of your results. Choose an experienced, board-certified surgeon and use your consultation time to discuss your implant options so your surgeon can help you choose the one that will best meet your goals.
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.