An incision made in order to place the implant is small (around 1.5 inches) and is located either in the inframammary crease (the crease under your breast), around your areola, or in your armpit.
Breast implants are usually positioned behind the muscle, but may also be placed in front.
Suitable Implants for Your Body Shape
In order to get a beautiful, natural shape, we need to select the right implant projection, according to the patient’s starting shape, and the size and shape she wants.
During your consultation we first measure the width of your breast using a measuring device called a calliper, to figure out how wide the implants can be, while still fitting you perfectly.
If the implants are too wide for your original breasts, they will tend to make your breasts end up looking a little too round, and less natural.
The surgeon next determines how much forward projection you need, to get the total volume that you want (because implant width * projection = total implant volume).
Higher projection implants might be required if a patient with a small frame and narrow chest, wants a significant increase in size, but is too narrow for a wide implant.
“A smaller, narrow frame might require a higher projection implant, to get a big increase in volume.”
It is important that we don’t project too far forward (for your shape), or else your result will start to look unnatural.
Implants come in a number of different widths and projection profiles. Your surgeon will know what is best suited to your body structure, and what you are wanting to achieve.
Unless you specify otherwise, your surgeon will limit the implant size, to ensure your outcome is a beautiful and natural looking result.
Breast Implant Placement
Breast implants can be Under or Over the muscle.
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Clinic Director Dr Gary Horn
Dr Gary Horn is director of Harley Breast and is responsible for all website content.
Dr Horn is a registered Plastic Surgeon in the UK (GMC 4267803) and Belgium.
Dr Gary Horn is a highly acclaimed Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with over 25 years of experience in breast augmentation and reshaping using breast implants (over 2,000 surgeries performed) and fat transfer to the breast. Dr Horn is a registered Plastic Surgeon in the UK (GMC 4267803) and Belgium.
SPECIALITIES: General Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
LANGUAGES: English, French
GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL NUMBER: 4267803
Dr Horn is qualified to perform a large range of procedures, including:
Breast augmentation with cohesive silicone gel implants, fat transfer to the breasts, Breast Lift, Mastopexy.