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How to Get Natural Looking Breast Implants

When you include factors like age, breastfeeding, fluctuations in weight, and many other influences, you may feel like your breasts just don't stand a chance! With the quality and safety of implants available today, a lot of women are deciding to be proactive about the appearance of their breasts.

Women want to feel good about their bodies, which often includes a desire for youthful, perky breasts that look and feel fabulous; both in and out of clothes. You want to improve the look and shape of your breasts.

But how do get beautiful results while still looking natural?

How to Get Natural Looking Breast Implants

Dr. Fan has performed thousands of successful breast augmentation procedures and one of the most common questions is, "will my breast implants look natural?"

No one wants to go through surgery only to wake up looking fake or disproportionate. Unfortunately, not all implants are done well, and a quick Google search can turn up plenty of horror stories of unnatural looking results.

Don't be too worried, though. There are several things you can do to make sure your breast implants will look natural. Following the advice in this article will ensure you feel fantastic about your results!

Two More Quick Questions

Pick the Right Plastic Surgeon

There are a lot of surgeons out there performing cosmetic procedures. The unfortunate truth is, not all of them are concerned about your needs. Some are less skilled in matching the right implant type and size to the individual body shapes and frames of their patients.

The choice you make in a plastic surgeon will impact your results more than anything else.

You should always pick a board-certified surgeon you can trust, who will answer all of your questions and give you sound recommendations based on your needs. A qualified surgeon will recommend alternative procedures if implants aren't right for you. They will be honest and interested in your well-being more than selling their services.

If you ever feel a doctor is only trying to sell you on a procedure, get a second opinion from a reputable plastic surgeon.

You should choose a surgeon who has a similar innate aesthetic to your own. If your idea of beautiful does not match up to your surgeons, you will more than likely be unsatisfied with your results.

Your surgeon should be talented and capable of using a broad range of techniques and procedures to give you the most natural look with as minimal scarring as possible. You are an individual, and you should be treated like one. Surgeons performing cookie cutter procedures, or relying on one favorite technique, will not give you the beautiful results you deserve.

Consult Photo Galleries

This goes hand-in-hand with picking the right surgeon.

The doctor you pick should have proven, consistent results, along with a roster of happy patients. They should be able to show you before-and-after photos of their operations so you can see the kind of results they deliver.

Look for things like:

  • Scarring
  • Breast shape
  • Sizing/proportion
  • Placement
  • Do the results look fake or natural?

This is an excellent way to find out if your surgeon shares your aesthetic opinions. Check out Dr. Fan's photo gallery to get a good idea of how natural results should look.

Choose the Right Kind of Implant

There is no one type of implant that is considered 'most preferable' for all patients. Your trusted surgeon will be able to help you decide on the right type for you. You can read more about the different breast implant options available here.

The feel, firmness, and look all vary slightly depending on the implant you choose and the placement of the implant. You should discuss your desired results with your doctor before selecting an implant type.

Implant shape, round or teardrop, is also a factor that should be considered.

Your surgeon should be able to recommend the best shape for your body in order to achieve natural results. There is a misunderstanding that round implants always create a round breast and teardrop implants always create a natural breast, but this isn't true.

Other physical elements play a determining role in choosing your implant shape.

Additionally, there are alternative augmentation procedures to breast implants that may be a better option for you. If you simply want to lift, reshape, and reposition the breast tissue you already have, you may be a great candidate for a breast lift.

A more natural alternative to a breast implant would be fat transfer, in which your doctor uses the fat from other areas of your body to process and inject into the breast area.

Be sure to talk to your doctor about all your options and pick the right one for your body.

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Choose the Right Size of Implant

Selecting the right size of breast implant goes a long way to delivering natural results. You may have a cup size in mind, but in reality, cup sizes are subjective. Instead, focus on the size of the implant that will produce the results you want.

There is really only one ideal size for your body. To be well-proportioned, you'll want a size that's not too small nor too big, but just right for you.

If you go too large, your breasts will look round and fake; too small and they will be loose and empty on the top. The common denominator to the most beautiful breasts is that they were sized objectively by accurate measurements.

Dr. Fan measures ten things, and uses a proven formula to determine the ideal size. This formula has been published and thoroughly vetted by top plastic surgeons.

Some of the things that should be considered when discussing the type and size of your implants are:

  • Your medical history
  • Your goals and desired results
  • Existing breast tissue
  • Body frame and mass
  • Incision placement preferences

Dr. Fan's office has a 3d imaging system that enables you to preview different implant sizes on your body. It allows you to see what different implant sizes will look like, cutting through all the sizing confusion. You may also try on implant sizers which is a much easier way to get a 'what you see is what you get' preview.

Choosing the best fit for your body, age, shape, and size are important. Keep other factors in mind when choosing a size, like how you want to be perceived, your fitness routine, the potential for back pain if the implant is too large, and more.

Again, if you choose the right surgeon, they will help you make the best decision on which implant size will give you the best, natural looking results.

Take Care of Yourself After Surgery

Following your surgeon's postoperative instructions for recovery and aftercare is vital to achieving long lasting, great looking results. You should also ask your doctor about the realistic expectations and potential follow-up appointments and exams.

To understand what a smooth recovery looks like, and to minimize scars, reduce swelling, and ensure your implants are receiving the post-op attention they need, you can read about what to expect during breast implant recovery here.

When it comes to altering your body in any way, you should get as much information as possible. Ask your doctor lots of questions prior to having any procedure done. A qualified surgeon who cares about their patients and their desired results will take the time to listen to your personal preferences and recommend the best breast augmentation procedure for your unique needs.

You don't want to cut corners, and you should never have an operation on your body without being 100% confident in your plastic surgeon. You also want to be sure your surgeon is experienced and skilled enough to deliver natural results. If you do your homework, ask questions, listen to referrals, and choose the best surgeon available, you will get amazing, natural-looking breast implants.

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About the Author

Dr. Larry Fan is a Harvard educated, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in San Francisco, CA. He is a Master Artist who is known for creating beautiful, stunning, and natural results. Dr. Fan has been named One of America's Top Plastic Surgeons for the past 10 years running and has received several national awards for his work in Plastic Surgery. He has successfully performed more than 10,000 cosmetic procedures of the face, breasts, and body over a 20 year period. Dr Fan has been an invited speaker at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons, and has been featured in national media outlets such as CNN, NBC, and ABC.

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