STEP 2: Learn About Your Options
During a consultation, I take out five breast implants and put them on a table. Before your eyes are low profile, moderate profile, high profile, extra high profile, anatomic (aka teardrop, or gummy bear), and saline implants.
Take a moment to examine each shape and size. Notice that the difference between some of the implants is subtle.
I’ll take some time to explain each implant and what different beauty goals it meets. Then we’ll choose the one that fits most with what you are looking for. For example, women seeking a modest increase in size who stress natural and proportionate may lean towards teardrop, if they like the shape. Those who want a fuller look will be more attracted to the round implants.
STEP 3: Take Your Measurements
I will also measure what’s called your base width diameter and see how much your breasts’ skin can be stretched. These two measurements tell us what room we have to work with. As long as the breast implant is kept within these measurements, you will have a beautiful, natural look, even if you go as full as possible.
The “fake,” “top heavy,” or “Playboy” look happens when the patient wants an implant that is bigger than her measurements. If it does not fit her body, it will look unnatural. So as long as you stay within your measurements, you do not have to worry about looking fake.
STEP 4: See How The Implant Looks On Your Body
Have you ever had a $41,000 picture taken of you?
When I opened my private practice, the first thing I did was invest in a $41,000 device called the Vectra 3D. It is a must-have tool for getting patients their ideal results, aka, their Pony Implant.
The Vectra takes a 3D photograph of your torso and breasts. Then, the 3D photo appears on a computer screen. On the screen, we can create accurate simulations of what your breasts will look like with different implant shapes and sizes. This will give you a realistic image of what your results will look like after breast augmentation surgery, and help you accurately communicate your goals with your doctor.
You can experiment with the different implant options until you find the one you are happy with. You need to SEE what your implant will look like, on your unique body, to confidently say, “That’s the one I want!”
That’s the beauty of the Vectra and why it is critical for any cosmetic practice. Having that visual takes out so much guesswork, especially about breast implant shapes and volume (cc’s). It is so important for giving patients results they are happy with. After the procedure, your breasts look very much like the way you saw them modeled, usually better.
Remember the example of the patient who said she wanted to look natural and proportionate but then, after surgery, regretted not getting bigger implants? The problem is, words can only take us so far. Very often, what a patient thinks, says, and truly wants are all different.
Imagine buying a pair of dress shoes without seeing what they look like on you, without seeing how they match with an outfit that you had in mind. You’d definitely make use of a mirror! So why would we use less visual tools in something as important and life changing as breast implants?!
You now have tools available for you to make more effective choices in what implant is right for you. Be sure to use them.