Which Type of Breast Implant Feels the Most Natural?
Breast implants have come a long way since their early days. Not too long ago, the use of breast implants was often obvious. But the development of new types of breast implants, advances in surgical techniques, and additional incision styles have led to natural-looking breast augmentation procedures that betray no signs of cosmetic manipulation.
Generally speaking, silicone breast implants (particularly “gummy bear” implants) are the most natural-looking, because the cohesive gel feels and resembles natural breast tissues. However, the type of breast implants isn’t the only crucial factor for natural-looking results—the placement of implants, the incision styles, and your surgeon’s skill and techniques are equally as important.
Factors that influence a breast implant’s natural appearance are:
Breast Implant Material
Gummy Bear Implants Feel the Most Natural
Gummy bear implants are also called “form-stable” or “anatomical implants” because they are specially designed to resemble anatomical or natural breast tissue. These implants are shaped like a teardrop, narrow at the top and heavy at the bottom, like actual breasts. They’re made of a form-stable silicone gel that ensures they maintain their shape.
Because they accurately mimic the weight, texture, and bounce of natural breast tissues, silicone implants are the most popular implants available. 85% of patients undergoing breast augmentation in 2019 used silicone breast implants. Round silicone implants also have the benefit of looking perfectly natural even if they shift or turn beneath the skin, because they’re perfectly symmetrical on all sides.
Saline implants are those with a silicone shell filled with a sterile solution of medical-grade saline (salt water). Saline implants necessitate smaller incisions than silicone gel implants, and they can usually be placed via an incision in the armpit for complete discretion. However, saline implants don’t look quite as natural as silicone implants because their texture doesn’t as closely resemble the weight and bounce of natural breasts.
Breast Implant Profile
Breast implants come in low, moderate, or high profiles. The naturalness of the results depends on the implant’s level of projection. Seek a cosmetic surgeon who carefully examines your current physique and discusses your goals or the procedure to recommend an implant profile that looks firm and attractive without seeming unnatural.
Breast Implant Placement
Submuscular Placement Feels the Most Natural
Submuscular placement is when the breast implant is placed beneath the muscles. The muscle tissues better conceal the implant’s shape, producing more natural-looking results.
Subglandular placement is when the breast implant is placed underneath your existing breast tissues but above the muscles. This type of placement provides more lift and a shorter recovery time.
Breast Implant Incisions
Breast implant incisions can be made in the breast fold, around the areola, or in the armpit. The incisions must be extremely small and discreet for natural-looking results. While the armpit incision is the most discreet, it can only be used for saline implants, which are often placed empty and then fille once in their final position.
We hope this information has helped you understand the various aspects that go into choosing the most naturally-looking and feeling breast implants. Well before your surgery, you’ll have plenty of time to further consult with Dr. Wirth, and he and his team will discuss your many implant options to recommend the ideal implant type, size, profile, and incision style for the most natural results possible.