It is natural to want to know how a breast with an implant will feel? This is a great question, and the answer depends on several different factors. If you’re a woman in the Raleigh area, and this is one of your concerns that you have as you prepare for your breast augmentation, keep reading.
There are several things that affect how your breasts will feel to the touch after your breast augmentation:
- Silicone Saline Implants – There is a difference in how your breasts will feel after your breast augmentation with each of these implants. Saline implants are silicone outer shells filled with a sterile saline solution, which is essentially salt water. Accordingly, saline implants can feel like a plastic bag of water, especially in thin women who have 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 a big surprise then that most plastic surgeons no longer use saline implants. Most Raleigh patients choose silicone implants because they want their augmented breasts to feel like natural breasts.
- Breast Implant Placement – Another big factor is 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 natural position of the breast, above the muscle. In fact, when breast implants are placed under the muscle, they may move unnaturally whenever the muscles are flexed, as with arm movements. However, it is important to note that not every Raleigh 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 place under the muscle to better hide them.
- Existing Breast Tissue – For women who have a large amount of natural existing breast tissue, saline silicone may not make as much of a difference in how they feel to the touch. This is because their existing breast tissue is enough to cover the implant, leaving the implants deep to the skin and harder to 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 grafting from other parts of the body utilizing liposuction and transferring the fat to the breasts.
- Capsular Contracture – If a woman develops hard firm breasts or irregular shape after breast augmentation, the most likely culprit is capsular contracture. This is simply scar tissue that has formed around the breast implants making them firm to the touch. This can be a result of infection or bleeding around the time of surgery and was much more common with older generation of implants that ruptured and leaked silicone gel. Today’s implants are “cohesive” or solid and leaking of gel no longer occurs in the same way.
- If you suspect you are experiencing capsular contracture, reach out to Dr. Zenn for a consultation to see if scar removal or fat grafting can help.
Learn More With Dr. Zenn
If you still have questions about how your breast will feel with an implant in, or if you’re ready to take the leap and have a breast augmentation, give Dr. Zenn a call at Zenn Plastic Surgery. He and his friendly staff will be able to schedule a consultation and guide you through the different steps involved. You can reach them at their office in the Raleigh area at (919) 480-3885.