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Which Breast Implant Options Look the Most Natural?

by Michael Weinberg

Women considering breast augmentation enjoy several options when it comes to selecting breast implants. Consultations at my Toronto clinic and most plastic surgery practices include a discussion of those choices, including how a patient’s unique body type and existing breast tissue could affect her results.

Virtually all women want breast implants that appear natural. The size, shape, and placement of the implants, along with whether the material is saline or silicone, are all factors in the outcome. For example, patients can choose between round and contoured implants. Many women select round implants to get more fullness in the upper breast. But contoured implants — which are also called teardrop-shaped or anatomical implants — more closely resemble the shape of an actual breast.

The choice between cohesive silicone gel implants and saline-filled implants is one that also affects how the breasts will look and feel following plastic surgery. The Toronto-area patients I see spend a good deal of time researching the differences.

Where the implant is placed will also affect its appearance. Having implants inserted partially beneath the pectoral muscles usually provides a more natural look. But women with enough existing breast tissue may choose placement above the muscle — called subglandular — without sacrificing natural-looking breasts.

To find out what would look most natural for them, patients should visit a surgeon with plenty of experience with a variety of breast augmentation options. It helps a great deal to have a consultation using 3D VECTRA imaging. This is a special technology I have at our clinic which allows you to see how you will look with several different types and sizes of implants, and different implant placement. It’s a great way to preview your results, so you can feel confident in your choice.

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