After breast augmentation, several things affect how your breasts will feel to the touch. And YES, it is natural to want to know how a breast with an implant will feel. This is a great question; the answer depends on several factors.
If this is a question or concern you can relate to as you prepare for your breast augmentation surgery, you have come to the right place!
Does The Type Of Implant I Get Play A Role In How My Breasts Feel To The Touch After Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Silicone vs. Saline Implants
There is a difference in how your breasts will feel after breast augmentation with each of these implants. Saline implants are silicone outer shells filled with a sterile saline solution, essentially salt water. Accordingly, saline implants can feel like a plastic bag of water. This is especially true in thin women with very little breast tissue to start (A or B cup).
Conversely, silicone implants are silicone shells filled with a cohesive silicone substance that mimics the feel of your natural breast tissue. They feel more like natural breasts to the touch. It should not be surprising that most plastic surgeons no longer use saline implants. Most patients choose silicone implants because they want their augmented breasts to feel like natural breasts.
Breast Implant Placement
Another significant factor in determining how your breasts will feel to the touch after your breast augmentation is where your breast implants are placed. There are two options: submuscular (under the muscle) or subfascial (over the muscle).
Breast implants placed over the muscle will feel more natural to the touch. They will move more naturally as well. And this is the position of the natural breast - above the muscle. A Raleigh plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Zenn, estimates that 90% of his breast augmentations are performed with the implant placed over the muscle.
When breast implants are placed under the muscle, they may move unnaturally whenever the muscles are flexed, as with arm movements. However, it is essential to note that not every woman can have their implants placed above the muscle. If you do not have enough natural breast tissue to cover implants placed on top of the muscle, Dr. Zenn will need to put them under the muscle to hide them better.
Existing Breast Tissue
For women with a large amount of naturally existing breast tissue, saline vs silicone may not be as much of an issue regarding how they feel to the touch. This is because their existing breast tissue is enough to cover the implant, leaving the implants deep into the skin and more difficult to actually feel. The natural breast tissue is pushed to the surface, which makes them feel more natural to the touch. In some patients, this natural tissue can be augmented with fat taken from other the hips utilizing liposuction and transferring the fat to the breasts.
Do You Suspect After Breast Augmentation Surgery That Your Surgeon Has Left Your Breasts Anything Less Than Perfect?
Possibly your plastic surgeon did not achieve the look you expected. Or maybe after your breast augmentation surgery, your breasts appear misshapen? Your breasts are lacking in symmetry, and they look different. Breast augmentations can leave the breasts appearing as though they point in a different or the wrong direction. Maybe a poorly performed breast augmentation has left you feeling regular discomfort. It's also a common problem for bad breast augmentations to cause what appears to be a rippling effect across the surface of the breasts.
Revisions to breast augmentation surgery are more difficult to perform than primary breast augmentation. That's why it's essential to get it right the first time! Choose a plastic surgeon that has vast experience with breast surgery. We recommend you go on more than one consultation.
Dr. Zenn has Focused on Breast Surgery for Literally 25 Years
If it's Breast Augmentation Revision you need, Zenn Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, NC, is the place to go. Dr. Zenn has been selected as one of the Top Plastic Surgeons in the US for Breast Augmentation for 2021, 2022, and 2023 (Top 20 all three years.)
For more information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Zenn. Call 919-480-3885 to schedule.