Natural Looking Breast Implant
ALLERGAN, STYLE 15, PROS AND CONS
Style 15, Allergan/Natrelle silicone gel implant, is a very natural breast implant. It is a moderate plus profile silicone gel, not too narrow and not too wide. Advantages include a very natural appearance. Please see photograph to the left of a 371 moderate plus silicone gel Allergan implant placed in a woman with an ectomorphic body, minimal breast tissue and thin pectoralis muscle development. The greatest disadvantage, however, is there is still significant visibility, palpability and rippling notable on patients who are this thin with a Style 15, with minimal amounts of body fat and very thin muscles, and with prominent costochondral ribs that are notable, the moderate plus gels do have visibility along the lateral breast and sometimes along the medial breast as well, especially when patients are bending down or bending over. This should be noted to the patient prior to the operation during consultation and although these are more natural and give a natural upper pole slope, their visibility and rippling can be significant. In thinner women who desire minimal or less visibility or rippling, I more often prefer either Style 20 or Style 45 extra high profile gels which greatly will reduce the incidence of rippling. Of course, there will be more upper pole fullness, but when placed under the muscle they still have a somewhat natural appearance as well.