During the consultation process, your surgeon will work with you to achieve the results you want based in large part on your anatomy (chest shape, skin elasticity, and existing breast tissue).
When envisioning your final outcome , it’s important to be able to set realistic expectations. While what some may consider “natural-looking” outcomes are often achieved through breast augmentation, there’s no way to be absolutely sure how your final outcome will look. In general, surgically augmented breasts are firmer, rounder, and slightly further apart than non-surgically augmented breasts.
It’s also important to note that age plays a part. If you have breast augmentation when you’re older, your chest will appear more youthful than other women in your age bracket. This is because your breasts have not been subjected to the effects of aging and gravity.
Your surgeon will work closely with you to determine your optimal size based on your desires and body type. Breast implants come in a range of sizes and are based on the amount of fluid or gel in the implant itself (typically 125cc-600cc). During an in-person consultation, you will have the chance to try on various implant sizers to determine which size you prefer.
It is a good idea to bring a photo to your consultation that depicts your preferred outcome . When selecting images, choose individuals with a body shape that closely resembles your own. If they are before and after images, try also to select photos where the ‘before’ anatomy is similar to your current anatomy.
Some patients who seek breast augmentation are interested in the possibility of areola resizing. Though it’s certainly possible, the additional incisions and resulting scars necessary to resize the areolas usually do not justify an additional procedure. You may consider tattooing to increase areolar size non-surgically.
A minority of patients have a breast lift in addition to breast augmentation. If you choose this route, your areolas will be resized and repositioned in the surgical process.