If you’ve ever considered—and then reconsidered—getting implants because you’re worried about looking unnatural or obvious, you’re not alone! This is a common concern I hear from many prospective breast augmentation patients here in St. Louis. With each passing year, more breast enhancement patients come to me emphasizing their desire for noticeable, yet natural-looking, results. The breast augmentation of 2019 looks a lot different from the breast augmentation of 1989, and patient demand for subtle, attractive results has been one of the main driving factors of this change.
Customized for You
The beauty of breast augmentation is that it’s almost endlessly customizable. Today’s patients have the luxury of choosing from a variety of implant sizes, shapes, textures, and materials. With such a wide variety of options available, we can plan results that are truly one-of-a-kind, making special considerations for each patient’s individual anatomy, lifestyle, and long-term goals.
Vectra® 3-D Imaging
At St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery, we also go a step beyond the normal planning process with Vectra 3-D imaging software. With Vectra, we use a special camera to capture an image of your breasts. The Vectra software creates a 3-dimensional rendering of your body, allowing us to manipulate the image and experiment with different breast augmentation options. Not only does this allow you to “test drive” potential implants in an innovative way, it also gives me the advantage of visualizing exactly the outcome you want, ensuring we’re on the same page. When I’m able to accurately see what you want, I can better plan a surgery that’s going to give you an outcome that exceeds your expectations.
Many of the techniques we use today also make it easier to use smaller implants or place them in a way that creates natural-looking results. For example, at St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery, my colleagues and I have pioneered the “rapid recovery” technique, allowing patients to go back to work within a week. Previously, when breast augmentation was more invasive, patients might not have chosen to undergo surgery in exchange for only a slight size increase. But now that breast augmentation is easier and less traumatic on the body, women everywhere feel more comfortable asking for exactly what they want, even if it’s a slight boost of only 1 or 2 cup sizes.
The Fat Transfer Option
Finally, consider that implants aren’t the only option for augmenting the breasts. For patients who want a truly subtle boost, we offer fat transfer to the breasts. This technique uses your own unwanted fat, often taken from an area like your abdomen or thighs, to add soft volume and fullness to the breasts. This procedure can be completed in a single office visit, and doesn’t typically require a recuperation of more than a few days. The result are breasts that feel incredibly natural and look shapelier, rounder, and fuller—but not obviously so. For many women, this technique is exactly what they need to feel confident, feminine, and sexy.
To learn more about your potential with breast augmentation, request a consultation online or call our office at (636) 223-5846.