When preparing for breast augmentation surgery, you have a lot of important decisions to make, especially when it comes to the implants themselves. With dozens of options for size, shape, material, and even manufacturer, the choices can feel overwhelming.

Asking a simple question can help you focus on what matters most to you: “Which breast implants feel the most natural?” From here, it’s easier to narrow down your options and make an informed decision about your breast implant surgery.

Natural-Feeling Breast Implant Material

If you spend some time researching breast augmentation, you’ll soon discover that, in general, silicone and so-called “gummy bear” cohesive breast implants tend to replicate the natural feeling of breast tissue better than saline implants.

While it’s true saline implants don’t perform as well as silicone, they do provide other benefits that may make them a good choice for your specific goals and desires. During your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Theodore Diktaban, you will go over the complete list of pros and cons for each material, and he can help you decide whether natural-feeling silicone or saline breast implants are right for you.

Natural Contour With Anatomical Implants

In recent years, breast implant producers have developed anatomical breast implants that are designed to complement the natural shape of breast tissue. These form-stable implants are teardrop-shaped, fuller at the bottom than at the top.

Anatomical implants can provide upper pole fullness, enhancing the look of cleavage, that traditional, round implants can’t achieve. However, every person’s anatomy is unique, which means anatomical implants may not provide as natural a look as they do in someone else.

Implant Placement

Believe it or not, where the implant is located in the chest affects the overall look and feel of breasts significantly. There are three options for implant location that may or may not be available for your specific circumstances.

Subglandular Implants

When breast implants are placed above any muscle tissue, but below breast tissue, they are in a subglandular position. This placement is usually reserved for people with enough natural breast tissue to adequately conceal the implant, meaning it likely won’t result in a  natural look or feel for someone who does not have a lot of breast tissue before enhancement.

Submuscular Implants

Alternatively, Dr. Diktaban can place breast implants beneath the pectoralis muscle in the chest to better conceal the artificial implant beneath natural tissue. In addition, submuscular placement makes it harder to see imperfections like rippling or wrinkling that can sometimes affect saline implants.

Dual Plane Implants

In some cases, a third option for breast implant placement may be used. Dual plane insertion places the breast implant partially under chest muscle, but not completely, leaving up to 50% of the implant covered by glandular tissue rather than muscle. This technique may help correct sagging breasts, although a more effective approach may be to combine augmentation with a breast lift.

Incision Placement

Finally, something many prospective breast implant patients worry about is the appearance of post-surgical scarring. In the hands of a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Diktaban, any scarring from your chosen procedure will be minimal and well-hidden, no matter what approach is used.

The most common incision is inframammary, or below the breast fold. This allows Dr. Diktaban the most direct access to the breast pocket and the best visual of the procedure. However, in certain cases, a periareolar incision may be used, where the scar is hidden where breast skin meets the areola. If you don’t want any scar on the breast itself, Dr. Diktaban may be able to use a transaxillary incision, made under the arm.

Get Natural Looking Results With Professional Care

One way to ensure a beautiful, natural-looking result from breast augmentation is to choose an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon to perform the surgery. Dr. Diktaban is board certified in plastic surgery and is a leading influence in the Manhattan area. To learn more about your options for breast surgery and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Diktaban, call us at 646-906-9449 or contact us online today.

Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS
Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

For over 35 years, Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS, has made it his life's work to enhance the natural beauty of his patients in the Upper East Side and surrounding areas of New York City. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Diktaban provides the ideal blend of realistic, aesthetic, and safe cosmetic treatments and procedures.

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