If you’re searching for the perfect breast shape, your body proportions need to be considered, along with the type of breast implant inserted. Each patient’s body and lifestyle are unique, and the perfect breast implants for one woman might differ from someone else’s. In this article, we will look at the different breast implants available, as well as the questions you should pose to your cosmetic surgeon before going ahead with the surgery.
Getting The Perfect Breast Shape
Breast augmentation vs breast lift
It’s important to note that breast augmentation, or breast implants, will only affect your cup size. This surgical procedure does not have any effect on sagging breasts. If you want to have loose skin removed or change the position of your breasts, you would need a breast lift.
It is possible to have breast implants and a breast lift performed in the same procedure. If this is your concern, make sure you discuss it with your cosmetic surgeon.
How Perfect Breast Implants Can Complement Your Body Shape
Both the size and the shape of breast implants need to be taken into account with your proportions. If you have naturally small breasts, you might be tempted to opt for a large breast implant. A good cosmetic surgeon will advise you on how to work with your frame and bone structure, to create aesthetically pleasing proportions.
Furthermore, as you get older and your skin naturally loses its elasticity, a large breast implant could start to sag sooner.
Breast Implant Placement And Surgical Technique
The incision site, as well as the placement of a breast implant, play a role in the final result. It’s a good idea to discuss your options extensively with your cosmetic surgeon so your expectations can be met post-surgery.
The incision sites, as well as where the implants are placed on your chest, will need to be considered in light of factors such as
- Whether you have any scar tissue from previous surgeries
- Your future plans – if you plan on breastfeeding after the procedure
- Your personal preferences
Under the muscle (submuscular)
Placing the breast implant under the muscle means you have a lower chance of rippling and firmness as there will be more tissue covering it. Conversely, the procedure could require a longer recovery period.
Over the muscle (subglandular)
Patients who have more natural tissue available or those who would like a shorter recovery time could benefit from subglandular placement of the implant.
Getting Perfect Breast Implants: Round Vs Teardrop Breast Implant Shape
Round breast implants
Round implants are the most popular choice because the end result will make your breast spherical in shape. Within round implants, there are another four subtypes, ranging from low to high projection.
If you want more volume at the top of your breast, a round shape could be a good option. A round implant will give you a bigger cleavage. Round implants are also popular with women who want to address volume loss and achieve a fuller cup size.
In general, a round implant costs less than a teardrop shape, however, this should not be the deciding factor. It’s advisable to discuss the pros and cons with your cosmetic surgeon prior to surgery.
Teardrop breast implants
With a teardrop implant, the bottom of the breast will be fuller than the top. For this reason, some women consider it to give a more natural effect. While a teardrop implant may not appear as full as a round one, it wouldn’t be accurate to suggest it is less voluminous, the volume is simply concentrated toward the bottom of the implant.
One of the reasons that a teardrop breast implant can cost more than a round one is that it needs a textured surface to stop it from rotating after the surgery.
If you are looking for a more subtle and natural-looking change to your cup size, a teardrop breast implant shape could be a good option.
How To Choose The Perfect Breast Implants For You
Getting breast implants is a major decision. While it is an investment in yourself, it will require considerable downtime. You would want to be content with your results for at least ten years, after which you would decide to replace or remove them. In light of this, it’s not a procedure you should rush into, so giving yourself a little extra time to think it through is a good idea.
Finding a registered and reputable cosmetic surgeon should be your starting point. But it doesn’t hurt to get a second opinion, especially if it is going to be your first breast augmentation. Make sure you arrive at your appointment armed with knowledge and questions. Ask to see before and after photos of the surgeon’s previous work. In many cases, the cosmetic surgeon will be able to simulate your end results so you can evaluate if the size, shape and placement are going to work for you. Ask friends and family members for their opinions and give yourself enough time to make an informed decision.
If you’d like to have a discussion about the perfect breast implants for your body shape and lifestyle, please contact us for a confidential appointment: (02) 8599 7161.
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