Many women want breast implants that feel like the real thing, but with a range of styles, shapes, sizes and textures, it can be difficult to know which to choose. Luckily, there are a number of options that can offer pleasing results.
Several factors are associated with more natural-feeling breast implants. These include:
- Type of implant
- Implant placement
- How much breast tissue is present
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The two main implant types are saline and silicone. Saline implants are filled with a saltwater solution while silicone implants are composed of a thick, gel-like substance. The silicone gel is designed to closely resemble the texture and feel of breast tissue, which makes silicone implants a good choice for women seeking a more natural feel.
Implants come in two shapes: round and anatomical. Round implants have a smooth surface whereas anatomical, or “tear-drop” shaped implants are textured to adhere to the tissue and maintain their correct position. Anatomical implants are made of a more highly linked silicone gel, which makes them feel a bit firmer than other silicone gel implants.
During breast augmentation surgery, implants can be placed either above the muscle (subglandular) or below the muscle (submuscular). Although there are benefits to each placement, positioning the implants below the muscle often allows for a more natural look and feel. Submuscular placement is especially beneficial for women who have very little existing breast tissue.
The larger an implant is, the less tissue is available to cover it, which detracts from the implant’s ability to blend in with the rest of the body or appear proportionate. For more natural results, don’t supersize your implants.
Individual factors mean that not every implant option is possible for everyone, but working with an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon can help to ensure an optimal outcome.
Nashville plastic surgeon Dr. Alexander Nein and his staff will listen to you, give you all the time you need, answer all of your questions,and deliver world-class service from consultation through recovery. For your safety, Dr. Nein is board certified in plastic surgery and uses only accredited operating facilities. We are upfront about pricing and have a variety of convenient payment options, and we offer confidential consultations for cosmetic procedures.