"Feel" of Silicone Implant Under the Muscle Vs Real Breast

how long till a silicone breast implant mimic the real breast with regards to when one palpates it post op? like with softness, tenderness etc. i'm 1 month and 13 days out now should it feel like real breast when touched? mine's is under the muscle. what is the best treatment to fade the scars i'm still wearing a tape on top of the incision? thanks 

Doctor Answers 5

Silicone implants

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When will they feel natural?  That sis hard to say. They feel more natural when  he swelling goes down, more natural if you have more soft tissue coverage, more natural with silicone than saline, more natural smaller than larger.. There are many variables. 

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Will Silicone Breast Implants feel real?

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As you heal within the next several months, your breasts should feel more and more natural as the tissues stabilize and  soften.   For some women with more lax skin quality this may occur sooner than others with very tight skin.  Of course your final results  will depend  not only the implant but on the amount of breast tissue covering them as well as the consistency of the scar capsule.  As long as the implant capsule does not thicken(contracture) you should look forward to natural results.

Pedy Ganchi, MD
Ridgewood Plastic Surgeon
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The real feel of silicone gel breast implants

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The consistency or softness of any implants will be determined by the amount of breast tissue covering the implant, by the amount of capsule formation, and by the texture of the implant itself. Low or moderate profile gels which are not linked like a 'memory gel' or a cohesive implant will actually have the best flow and blending with the breast. The trend today seems to be in the opposite direction, with cohesive high profile breast implants. Your implants should feel and be at their best six to twelve months after your augmentation.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Will a silicone implant feel like a real breast?

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A silicone implant will never feel like your real breast. So far, silicone is the closest to the consistency or density of most breast tissue. The more breast tissue coverage you have over the implant the more natural look and feel. Even if your implant is submuscular, the lower outer edge ofd the implant is under breast tissue only. Very rarely are implants placed under 100% muscle coverage (mainly in breast reconstruction). Most surgeons use a dual plane coverage where the implant is covered by the muscle superiorly and medially. If you are a thin person, as soon as the surgical swelling is resolved, you will be able to feel the bottom edge of the implant and maybe the lateral edge. I tell my patients that the implants "feel like  real breasts" in about one month out from surgey. Regarding scar treatment, breast incisions heal well. I recommend Vit E or Coco butter creams over the incisions for 6-12 weeks.

Breast implant texture

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As swelling resolves, the implants will feel more natural.  This is a gradual process, and takes several months.  If the implants are NOT softening over time, see your doctor.  Generally, the higher percentage of your final breast volume that is implant, the more your breast will feel like an implant, i.e. if 50% of your final volume is implant, you should end up with a much more natural breast texture than if 90% of your total breast volume is implant.  Tape is a great technique to manage scars under tension.

Steve Laverson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

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