If you want to restore lost volume in your breasts or desire a more voluptuous silhouette, breast augmentation with implants can help you achieve your goals. Many breast implant options are available to help you customize your procedure, and some of these decisions will affect how your breasts look and feel after the procedure.
What type of breast implant will give you the most natural-looking and feeling result? What will your breasts feel like after augmentation? Here are a few things to consider.
Breast Implant Material
You can choose between saline and silicone breast implants for your breast augmentation procedure. Both materials are FDA approved and offer different advantages.
Saline implants contain a sterile saltwater solution and are filled after they are placed in the body. The implants’ saline solution is completely safe, and the implants can be easily sized for the individual. However, saline implants may have more visible rippling than silicone implants and may look and feel less natural.
Silicone implants contain a cohesive silicone gel, which many people believe creates more natural-looking breasts. The cohesiveness of silicone implants varies, mildly affecting how firm or bouncy the implant feels.
Fat Transfer to the Breasts
Using liposuction, fat can be extracted from areas such as the thighs and lower abdomen and injected into the breasts to create more fullness. While fat transfer breast augmentation is often used in place of implants, women who have implants may also benefit from fat transfer.
This is especially true for women who are very thin or who have little natural breast tissue. When the breast skin is thin, the underlying implant may show visible rippling. Fat transfer to the breasts can provide more fullness in key areas so the result looks and feels more natural.
What Do Boobs Feel Like After Implants?
As we often remind our Austin breast augmentation patients, your augmented breasts are going to look and feel different at each phase of recovery.
- Immediately after surgery: During the first week of recovery, you will experience swelling and tightness in your chest area. You might also experience some tingling, numbness, or muscle soreness. Your plastic surgeon will advise you to take pain medication and limit physical activity to minimize discomfort. Read more about breast augmentation recovery tips in this related blog.
- High and full: As your breasts are healing you may notice that they are sitting high on your chest and look fuller than you expected. The reason for your breasts sitting unnaturally high is a combination of post-surgical swelling and tight chest muscles pushing implants up.
- Drop and fluff: Gradually, as swelling subsides and chest muscles relax, your breasts will “drop and fluff,” taking on a more natural appearance. This process may take up to a few months before you see your final results.
With your final results in place, if you have saline implants, your breasts will likely feel firmer than they did before the procedure. Breasts with silicone implants will still feel a bit firmer than natural breast tissue, but they will have a suppleness that often isn’t present with saline implants.
You can see how some of our patients’ breasts look before and after breast augmentation to get an idea of the type of results that are possible with implants.
Getting the optimal results from your breast augmentation heavily depends on the implant choices you make. If you are ready for shapely, volumized breasts, request a consultation or call us at (512) 244-1439 to schedule an appointment.