While some women decide to get breast implants on a whim, most of us have been envisioning our new breasts for years before we actually schedule our breast augmentation. And let me be the first to say that it's completely normal to have reservations and concerns as you think about getting a breast augmentation.
Today, let's chat about a very common (and totally legit!) question that many of us have:
How obvious will it be that I have breast implants?
For some reason, when I first considered breast implants, I thought that meant I'd have to walk into church and Thanksgiving dinner looking like Jodie Marsh.
"I'm here, y'all!"
If you're anything like me, you need just a moment to recover from that picture...
And we're back! I hope it will set your mind at ease to know that whether or not people can tell you've had a breast augmentation is completely up to you! There are a lot of decisions you can make, before and after your procedure, that will affect whether or not people know. Let's look at a couple of them...
Breast Implants and Body Type
Your body type is going to have a huge impact on whether or not people are able to tell you have breast implants. For women who are very lean, it will be more obvious that they've had a breast augmentation versus those who are more curvy. As we all know, boobs are made of fat—so the more fat you have covering the breast implant, the less noticeable it will be.
To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, check out the photos below of Bunnie Barreras, followed by Michelle Lewin.
Michelle Lewin's bodyfat is like negative 2%, so everyone can tell with absolutely certain she's had a breast augmentation. I'm not saying that's a bad thing at all, it's just something you should be aware of.
Type of Breast Implant
It's generally agreed upon that saline breast implants are more recognizable than their silicone counterparts. Saline breast implants, by nature, are more firm than silicone gels and they tend to create more roundness and "upper pole fullness."
It's impossible to get a true comparison... but here's a photo of Jen Heward who has saline breast implants, followed by one of Danielle Vaughn who has silicone breast implants. As you can see, the difference isn't dramatic, but some would say it's slightly noticeable.
Personally, I preferred having a little bit more augmented of a look, which is one of the factors that led to me choosing saline implants over silicone.
Breast Implant Size
The size of breast implant you choose is another way that people will be able to tell you've had some work done. A lot of women who've decided to have a breast augmentation simply want to go from an A-cup to a C-cup, while others desire something more on the Triple-D side of things.
The photos below of Ana Cheri and Jen Mateo will give you a really good idea of what I'm talking about. It isn't their body type or implant type that's making the difference here... it's all about the CC's.
Playing Up vs Playing Down Breast Implants
Then there's "playing up" versus "playing down." When it comes to breast implants, you can either choose to intentionally show your breasts off (playing them up) or you can conceal them to a degree (playing them down).
A lot of women think that if they get a breast augmentation, then they are going to be "BAM in your face!" all the time—but that just isn't true. Check out what I mean in these photos of Jessica Green and Galinka Mirgaeva. In the first photos, they are busting out like crazy, but in the second photos they have a much more conservative look.
Like I said earlier, It’s completely normal to wonder if people will think you have breast implants—but as you can see, whether or not they know is almost always something you can control with the decisions you make before you get them or how you choose to dress them up.
Hope this helps :-)
Thoughts from Dr. Jeremy PyleMy basic take is this: You can always play up your implants when you want to look more full.
You can't, however, make them disappear. It's why I think the issue of boob greed goes away for many people over time. Once the novelty of new implants fades away, it's nice to know you can keep it your secret when you want to.
I don't tell women what size implants to choose but if choosing between slightly larger and slightly smaller implants, there is more flexibility in slightly smaller.