Possible to Have Soft and Bouncy Breasts from Implants?

Is it possible to have breast implants that feel soft and bouncy, like real breasts? I want them larger, but not if they are going to be too firm or feel totally different from real breasts (I don't care if they LOOK fake, as long as they FEEL nice and like the real thing). I heard that Silicone implants are the better choice for a more natural result.

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Moderate-sized breast implants often look and feel natural

Breast implants of a moderate (and in my opinion, appropriate) volume look and feel natural. The implant sizes I most commonly use blend in nicely with existing breast tissue, and patient satisfaction is high.

The bounce to the breasts will depend on the amount of natural breast tissue you start with. Many women lose breast volume following pregnancy and often the breast skin is no longer taut, these changes actually can enhance the natural look and feel of breast implants.

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implants can feel like the real thing.

When choosing breast implants that offer a more natural feel, the majority of women prefer silicone gel implants. The silicone material closely resembles the feel of natural breast tissue. The factors that will affect softness and bounce include the size of your implant and how much breast tissue is available to provide coverage for the implant. The larger the implant, the tighter the skin will be pulled across the breast, and the firmer and less natural the breast may feel. Select implants that provide a subtle enhancement and consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast enhancement procedures for optimal results.

Depending on the doctor, breast implants can be soft.

Breast implants can be soft if there is no capsular contracture and if the pocket for the implants is larger than the size of the implant.

John J. Bandeian, MD
Bristol Plastic Surgeon
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Silicone implants feel the most natural

It sounds like silicone implants will be your best option. They feel far more natural than saline implants, in particular for very thin women. In terms of "bouncy" breasts, there will be some of this after everything heals, especially if you do not go too large--sit down and discuss this with your plastic surgeon, as he will need to examine you prior to giving a final recommendation.

Shahram Salemy, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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It is possible

The softness of an augmented breast depends upon several factors. The size of the implant is one. If too large of an implant is used in someone with minimal natural tissue, the result will feel firmer. Typically, silicone implants do feel more real than Saline implants. The most important factor is whether or not you get a firm capsular contracture around your implant. This is a stiff scar that can form around the implant that will make the breast feel firmer than we would like. Depending on the study you read, this happens in 5% to 45% of implanted breasts.

Scott Tucker, MD
Winston Salem Plastic Surgeon
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Natural breast cannot always be guaranteed

You can make choices that increase your likelihood of natural breasts or decrease your risk of unnatural breasts, but nothing can guarantee that because there is an unknown factor of healing. You must remember that breast augmentation always involves compromises since it is an imperfect, albeit highly satisfying, procedure.

Things that contribute to natural feel and movement are placement in a subglandular position (since this is where the breast tissue normally lives), silicone gel rather than saline (because of the density and consistency of the gel versus saline), round rather than textured implants (since the textured implants produce more rippling because of tissue adherence), and relatively small size, including a low profile implant, that is consistent with the size of your natural breast.

The trade-offs are increased risk of hardening (exactly what you don't want) for silicone gel in the submuscular postion, potentially more difficulty wth mammograms versus submuscular positioning, and possibly failure to achieve size desired because progessively larger and larger implants will produce progessively more and more unnatural breasts. Choosing the right operation for you requires careful thought and analysis.

Robin T.W. Yuan, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Depending on implant selection and surgeon, you can have very natural and soft breasts

Thank you for your question.  With the correct implant selection in both type (saline or silicone) and size (volume or cc) for your body, it is realistic to obtain soft and natural looking breasts following a breast augmentation procedure with implants.  I do agree that silicone gel implants tend to look and feel more natural than saline implants do, but every patient needs to be evaluated as an individual and seeking a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is key.  Initially implants can be a little 'high, hard and ugly' but with proper implant selection for your frame and once you are fully healed it is very possible to have soft and bouncy breasts.  Best of luck!


Silicone implants feel more like natural breast tissue whereas saline implants tend to have more waviness and bounce more when jumping or running especially in those with small breasts.
See a board certified plastic surgeon for best advice.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Breast softness after surgery.

Thank you for your question.  It may take months for the breasts to soften, and they may never soften to the pre-surgical state. In addition, the greater the implant to breast tissue ratio, the more the implant will affect the longterm firmness (or softness) of the breast.  I would recommend that you use silicone gel implants as this will give you a softer feel.  Also, the larger the implant, the more the implant will drive the overall feel of the breast.  You should be able to examine and feel various implants when you visit with your plastic surgeon.

Silicone Implants & Smaller Implants for Natural Feeling Breasts

Breast augmentation patients not only want implants that look good, but feel good as well. They want implants that feel natural and behave like natural breast tissue.

Several factors are associated with implants that feel natural. These include the use of silicone implants, the use of smaller implants, and a high ratio of native breast tissue to implant volume. When these variables are favorable breasts tend to feel more natural and behave like normal breasts. In other words, they have bounce.

The majority of breast augmentation patients are happy with how their breasts feel. Occasionally, patients develop hardening of their breasts secondary to capsular contracture. When this occurs secondary revisional surgery may be necessary.

If you’re considering breast augmentation, consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is appropriate. This surgeon should be able to formulate a plan for breast augmentation that results in breasts that feel natural. 

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