We all know that there are two poles to the earth – the Arctic in the North, and the Antarctic in the South. But, did you know that there are two poles to your breasts too?
It totally helps to understand the anatomy of the breast when you're planning an augmentation surgery. After all, implants are not just about increasing the size of your bust! It's about the shape of your breasts too.
A natural breast shape is like a teardrop (or a ski slope from the side!), with most of the fullness in the lower part of the breast.
BTW fullness is a word you will hear mentioned a lot. Specifically, upper or lower pole fullness.
But what exactly are these poles?!
Stick with me girl, but think of your breasts as a globe. You breasts have a North 'upper' pole and a South 'lower' pole, and the your nipple is the equator (the line dividing the North from the South)!
When we talk about upper pole we mean how full the breast is above the nipple.
When we talk about lower pole we mean how full the breast is below the nipple.
If you can get your head around what upper and lower pole means it'll help you when you're figuring out your augmentation goals.
Upper pole goals
Whatever implants and implant placement you opt for you may have some pretty impressive upper pole straight after surgery. This is especially so with implants placed under the muscle as they tighten after surgery and shift your implants higher up on your chest. It's often a bit funny looking (not the immediately perfect breasts you were hoping for) which is why early breast shape after implant surgery gets called Frankenboob.
When post-op swelling goes down and your tissues/muscles relax with the magical drop and fluff process, the upper pole fullness you're left with will depend on a few things.
Although opinions vary a bunch on how to get upper pole a few implant specifics are the key:
Size - larger and bigger implants (cc's) generally give more upper pole fullness
Profile - higher profile implants give the best chance of upper pole fullness
Highly Cohesive Silicone - the material of a highly cohesive silicone implant is made specifically so it keeps its shape (so what's up top will stay up top)
If you're aiming for an augmented look (round, high and full up top) be sure to communicate this to your surgeon. There's no guarantee though that you'll get epic upper pole. You will in some part be limited by your existing anatomy- so keep your expectations in check.
Lower pole goals
A lot of women go bananas for upper pole fullness. It kinda figures though, because the top part of breasts is the bit so many of us feel confidence in showing off after surgery!
But one of the most striking parts of a breast augmentation can be the bit only a few people ever see... lower pole fullness. This is especially true if you're starting with deflated breasts after breastfeeding or weight loss. But...
Lower pole isn't instant after surgery.
So, don't be surprised if you don't see it straight away!
In the first few weeks and months after surgery when your implants haven't fully dropped and fluffed you can expect your lower pole to not be that full... figures really, because the implants haven’t settled in to their pockets yet. And breast implants placed below the muscle always take more time to develop lower pole fullness.
After your extreme early upper pole fullness starts to subside as swelling goes down and the muscle relaxes, what you get is blossoming lower pole fullness.
Getting your poles right
When you hear 'upper/lower pole fullness' you have to realize that it means different things to different people. That's why it's really important to pick a Boobie Guide to show your surgeon the 'look' you’re after, and how you visualize upper and lower pole fullness.
Whatever look you have opted for don’t assess your outcome until at least 3-6 months after surgery. By this point you should be about 90% there with the settling and softening of your breast implants and you’ll know what your new breast shape is.
The best way to get what you want out of your boobie journey is to pick an experienced Board Certified surgeon, to express your goals clearly and to keep your expectations in check. And, in this case, to steal a bit of geography terminology to understand that your breasts are like globes!