Breast augmentation is the most common type of cosmetic surgery in the United States. It is estimated that over 350,000 breast augmentation procedures are performed in America every year.
A common question among people seeking breast augmentation procedures is how their breasts will look and feel once they have fully recovered from surgery. When it comes to how breast implants feel, many factors come into play.
Obviously, breasts vary widely in shape and size among different people. In addition, Dr. Golosow knows that the feel of breasts also varies from one person to another. Some feel firm, while others are less so. The texture and density of breasts are determined by the kind and amount of certain tissues in the breast. Glandular tissues have a rubbery and dense feel. These tissues are responsible for maintaining the breast’s shape and projection. Breasts can also have lots of fat, making them feel softer and lose their shape more easily.
Therefore, the feel of a breast depends on the amount of fatty versus glandular tissues a person has. Dr. Golosow’s recommendations for breast implants will depend on this ratio, your desired results, and your overall proportions.
As said earlier, the feel of a natural breast varies from one person to another, which means the best breast augmentation solution will also vary. Fortunately, the feel of breast implants is guided by specific patients’ expectations. Some want their augmented breasts to feel firm, while others want them more lax. There is a range of options for specific breast implants along this spectrum that Dr. Lorraine Golosow can talk to you about during a consultation.
To offer a broader overview of whether augmented breasts will feel real, let’s look at the options for implant materials. The type of implant determines whether a breast feels firm or squishy. The feel of a breast depends on the compression of the implant material.
Silicone gel is made of a semisolid silicone gel formula. The feel of firmness varies depending on the cohesiveness of silicone chains. More cohesive implants are firmer than less cohesive ones and tend to maintain their shape for longer.
However, the silicone gel can be tweaked to feel more compressible and softer. Softer gel tends to make a breast feel squishier and look more natural depending on the original condition of the breast.
Saline implants are known for feeling firm. In layman’s language, saline implants are silicone shells filled with a sterile saltwater solution. Since water isn’t easily compressible, the breasts feel pretty stiff compared to silicone gel implants
However, surgeons have a way of making saline implants feel less firm by filling the implant with less water. Less water is displaced quickly, making the breast softer.
Your breast augmentation results are highly dependent on the recommendation and skill of the plastic surgeon you choose to perform the procedure. That’s why so many patients trust Dr. Golosow with their breast augmentation: her results and reputation speak for themselves. To learn more about this procedure and what you can expect your breasts to feel like once they have settled, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lorraine Golosow by calling or contacting us online today.