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How to Get a Natural Look With Breast Augmentation

The decision to undergo breast augmentation surgery can be empowering, a chance to achieve a figure that makes you feel more confident and beautiful. However, for many women, the top priority is a natural look. This blog will guide you through every step of the natural-looking breast implant journey, from the initial consultation to recovery.

Step 1: The Consultation - Finding Your Perfect Match

The consultation process begins with a conversation with the Patient Care Coordinator, who will help prepare you for what to expect during a consultation. The consultation is where the foundation for your natural breast augmentation is laid. Here's what to expect:

  • Choosing Your Surgeon: Board certification by the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) is a non-negotiable. Research your surgeon's experience with natural-looking implants, read patient reviews, and view their before-and-after photos, focusing on results that prioritize a natural aesthetic.
  • Honesty is Key: Discuss your desired outcome openly. Photos of breast shapes and sizes you find appealing can be helpful. Be realistic about your anatomy and what can be achieved.
  • Understanding Your Options: Your surgeon will explain different implant types (silicone gel or saline), textures (smooth or textured), and placement options (submuscular or subglandular). Submuscular placement often creates a more natural look by placing the implant behind the chest muscle, mimicking natural breast tissue placement.
  • Sizing for Natural Results: Don't get fixated on cup size! Your surgeon will use sizers to help you visualize different implant sizes about your frame and existing breast tissue. The goal is to achieve a balanced and proportionate look, not an unnaturally dramatic change.
  • Addressing Your Concerns: Don't hesitate to ask questions about scarring, recovery, and potential complications. A good surgeon will patiently address all your concerns.
The Natural-Looking Breast Implant Journey: From Consultation to Recovery La Jolla
The Natural-Looking Breast Implant Journey: From Consultation to Recovery La Jolla
The Natural-Looking Breast Implant Journey: From Consultation to Recovery La Jolla
The Natural-Looking Breast Implant Journey: From Consultation to Recovery La Jolla
The Natural-Looking Breast Implant Journey: From Consultation to Recovery La Jolla
The Natural-Looking Breast Implant Journey: From Consultation to Recovery La Jolla
The Natural-Looking Breast Implant Journey: From Consultation to Recovery La Jolla
The Natural-Looking Breast Implant Journey: From Consultation to Recovery La Jolla
The Natural-Looking Breast Implant Journey: From Consultation to Recovery La Jolla
The Natural-Looking Breast Implant Journey: From Consultation to Recovery La Jolla
The Natural-Looking Breast Implant Journey: From Consultation to Recovery La Jolla
The Natural-Looking Breast Implant Journey: From Consultation to Recovery La Jolla

Step 2: Pre-Operative Preparation - Getting Ready for Success

Once you've chosen your surgeon and booked the surgery, it's time to prepare:

  • Medical Clearance: Your surgeon will likely require a pre-operative medical evaluation to ensure you're healthy for surgery. Depending on age and family history, this typically includes bloodwork, an up-to-date mammogram, and possibly an EKG. 
  • Stop Smoking or Vaping: Smoking and vaping can significantly increase surgical risks and impede healing. Ideally, quit smoking at least four weeks before surgery and up to six weeks after surgery. 
  • Medications: Discuss any medicines or supplements you're taking with your surgeon. Certain medications and most supplements may need to be stopped before surgery.
  • Stock Up on Supplies: Purchase comfortable post-surgical garments, such as pajamas or loungewear, and supplies like ice packs and saline solution for cleaning incisions. You will typically be provided a list of these items at the pre-operative appointment. 
  • Arrange Support: Recovery is smoother with help. Plan for someone to drive you home after surgery and assist you with daily tasks for the first few days.

Step 3: The Procedure Itself - Achieving Natural Enhancement

The surgery itself is typically performed under general anesthesia. Here's a simplified overview:

  • The Incision: The location of your incision depends on your surgeon's technique and desired outcome. Common areas include the crease beneath the breast or halfway around the areola.
  • Implant Placement: Following the chosen placement (submuscular or subglandular), the implant pocket is created. The implant is then inserted and positioned for a natural look.
  • Closure and Bandaging: Once the implants are in place, the incisions are meticulously closed with sutures. Surgical dressings and a surgical bra will be placed for support. 

Step 4: Recovering Like a Pro - Ensuring a Smooth Post-Operative Experience 

Recovery is an essential part of achieving a natural result. Here's what to expect:

  • The First Few Days: Expect some discomfort and swelling. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to manage these. Rest is crucial, and strenuous activity should be avoided for at least the first four to six weeks.
  • Post-Surgical Care: Meticulously follow your surgeon's instructions for wound care, garments use, and activity limitations. Gentle massage techniques your surgeon recommends may help to improve implant mobility for a natural feel.
  • Returning to Normalcy: The swelling and discomfort will gradually subside. Most patients can return to light activities, such as returning to work, within a week and resume normal activities within 4-6 weeks, depending on the surgeon's guidance and your healing process.
  • Final Results: The final breast shape and texture can take several months to settle. Be patient and allow your body time to adjust. Some differences between the two breasts are normal. 

Remember: Natural Beauty Takes Time

Achieving a natural look with breast implants is a collaborative effort between you and your surgeon. It's about meticulous planning, choosing the right options, and a dedicated recovery process. By following these steps and prioritizing open communication with your board-certified plastic surgeon, you can empower yourself with your natural beauty.

The decision to undergo a cosmetic procedure is extremely personal. If you are considering an enhancement, you want to be confident that your results will appear fresh and natural – and like you. Dr. Sadrian is among the finest plastic surgeons practicing in the San Diego area and has achieved acclaim for consistently achieving natural-looking results. Schedule an appointment to learn more.

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