Have you been thinking about breast augmentation surgery but really want to focus on having totally natural looking breasts?
Many women with natural breast (who are simply unhappy with the size and shape of their current breasts) would like a new silhouette that doesn’t look out of place in proportion to their body. In other words, they’re looking for breast augmentation.
This is also a common goal of women who have recently undergone a mastectomy and would like to reconstruct their breasts in a way that reminds them of their former breasts — or those that at least don’t look unnatural.
In the following article, we’ll be going over what breast augmentation options you have if your core goal is natural-looking breasts. But first, let’s go over the totality of your options when it comes to breast augmentation plastic surgery procedures.
WHAT ARE MY BREAST AUGMENTATION OPTIONS?
There are two main ways to have natural looking breasts: you can either get breast implants (saline breast implants, silicone breast implants , or gummy bear shaped breast implants .), or you can get what’s called fat transfer breast augmentation.
There are three main types of breast implants:
- Saline Implants: Those formed with sterile salt water inside a silicone shell.
- Silicone Implants: Those formed with silicone gel inside a silicone shell.
- Gummy Bear Implants: Those formed of a form-stable silicone gel (thicker and firmer than other types of implants) inside a silicone shell.
Your other natural looking breast implants option is fat transfer breast augmentation. This is a procedure in which your surgeon will remove fat (via liposuction) from an area of your body where you have more fat than you actually want — for example, from your buttocks, abdomen, or thighs. This fat will then be processed and ultimately transferred back into the body in the breast area, in order to augment the overall size natural shape of your breasts.
WHAT ARE THE MOST NATURAL LOOKING BREAST AUGMENTATION OPTIONS?
In order to achieve natural looking breasts, there is an argument to be made for both most natural looking breast implant and the breast augmentation fat transfer process. Both procedures can result in totally natural looking breasts that most patients end up very happy with.
Still, these days, the fat transfer process often wins out, and this probably makes sense to most people. After all, you’re using a natural part of the body that was already part of extremely natural part of you (fat) and using it to simply augment a different part of your body.
If the fat transfer process goes well, the fat that was once on your thighs or abdomen will adhere to the breast tissue and become a permanent, living part of your body there. It’s a great solution that many patients like. No follow-up MRIs are necessary, and no leaks can occur because no foreign substances are present.
With that being said, there are some situations in which patients are not good candidates for the fat transfer process.
FAT TRANSFER MAY NOT BE THE BEST SOLUTION FOR SOME PATIENTS
In some cases, patients will not be good candidates for fat transfer, and in that situation, if the goal is natural-looking breasts, implants are still the only solution.
The first barrier to entry when it comes to fat transfer breast augmentation is the amount of excess fat that the patient has. For example, a rather trim patient who doesn’t have much excess fat on the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, or elsewhere won’t be a good candidate for fat transfer because there simply won’t be enough fat to harvest.
In this vein, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s not a one-to-one ratio from harvesting to re-injection with fat transfer. In other words, most plastic surgeons often will inject more fat than is actually needed in the breasts because not all of the transferred fat will survive.
A second barrier to entry with this procedure is the desired end result of the breast augmentation surgery. If the patient desires natural looking breasts but still wants them to be on the larger size, and if they are starting from having no breasts (for example, after a mastectomy) or from having quite small breasts, fat transfer won’t be the best solution. This is simply because fat transfer works best for small changes in the overall size and shape of the breasts.
WHEN FAT TRANSFER IS NOT A GOOD SOLUTION FOR YOU
If you are not a good candidate for breast implants and want a natural result breast implants still a great option. The key is to go with implants that look and feel natural, and this means staying on the smaller side in most cases.
Here are some other features of natural looking results:
- Silicone over saline: In most cases, silicone implants tend to look more natural than saline implants. That’s because silicone gel flows in a way that better mimics real fat when inside its silicone shell. Saline, by contrast, tends to look more liquid and can cause rippling in the skin, which looks unnatural. Gummy bear implants may be a viable option as well.
- Implants that are placed beneath the muscle: Breast augmentation procedure can place the breast implants above or beneath the pectoral muscle. In general, when breast implants are below the muscle, it looks like natural breasts.
- The right amount of space between the breasts: Breasts that are spaced too far apart can look unnatural. Likewise, too little space can cause unnatural-looking cleavage. It’s important to go with the spacing that matches your natural anatomy.
Questions and Answers
What is the difference between Round implants and Anatomical Breast Implants?
Anatomical shaped implants exhibit distinct behavior within your body compared to round implants. When upright, round implants may take on a somewhat anatomical appearance, but the fullness they maintain in the upper breast region is contingent on factors such as your skin surface area, skin elasticity, volume of your natural breast, and the distribution of your breast tissue. In contrast, anatomical implants are designed to retain their natural shape, following the contour of your breasts more closely.
SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION
The absolute best way to know what breast augmentation option is right for you to achieve natural looking is to meet with Dr. Sieber. Not only will Dr. Sieber be able to tell you whether fat transfer breast enhancement or natural look implants will look more natural on you, but he’ll also be able to examine your anatomy and help you choose the best placement, implant size amount, and shape for your resulting breasts.
To schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Sieber board certified plastic surgeon in San Francisco, contact us today.