How Do Breasts with Implants Feel after Surgery? Which Type of Implant Is More Natural Feeling and Why?

Sep 24, 2012

Breasts will most often feel soft and supple after breast augmentation. Unless you have significant capsular contracture, your breast implants will likely feel just natural to you. Most patients report that the sense of actually having implants tends to vanish after a few months, and they become just part of you.

How breasts with implants feel to other people depends on many factors. The most important factor is the ratio between the implant and your natural breast tissue. The more volume taken up by the implant, the more impact the implant will have on how your breasts feel. Also important is not just how much breast tissue you have, but how well it covers the implant. If you have a good amount of tissue in your breast, or if you have breast implants placed in a submuscular position, the breast implants will not be as palpable, so it won’t matter as much.

Silicone vs Saline Breast Implants

In general, silicone breast implants feel most like youthful breast tissue, firm, but yielding. Saline breast implants are the next most natural feeling. Some people will tell you they feel like water balloons, but that’s not quite right. The thick silicone shell gives them a little bit of the resilience of natural breast tissue. The newer gummy bear implants tend to feel a little less natural, because they are significantly firmer. For some women, this is actually a positive, but if you want a natural feeling, they might not be right for you. During your consultation, you’ll get the chance to feel your options so you can make an informed decision.

If natural feeling is a large part of your cosmetic goal, and you are not trying to increase your breast size too much, you might consider natural breast augmentation utilizing the BRAVA tissue expander and fat grafting. This gives significant enlargement using only your natural tissue. They feel natural because they are.

To schedule a breast augmentation consultation, please contact Gayoso Plastic Surgery in Tampa.

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