Sydney cosmetic surgeon Dr Colin Moore opts for polyurethane implants in creating natural looking breasts. Caitlin Bishop reports.
Signifying what many believe is a breakthrough in breast augmentation, polyurethane-coated P-URE implants use a textured surface to reduce the risk of common complications and help create a natural-looking contour.
With subtle enhancement a common request from women wanting breast augmentation, Sydney cosmetic surgeon Dr Colin Moore believes P-URE implants – fondly termed ‘furry Brazilians‘ – offer the best results for these patients.
‘In my experience, polyurethane-coated implants can produce the most natural-looking results whilst minimising the risk of the most common complications associated with breast augmentation,’ he says.
With overly enlarged breasts no longer a popular trend, many women interested in breast augmentation are simply seeking to enhance their natural assets, balance their figure and improve their breast contours. ‘A key concern for women considering breast surgery is whether or not their breasts will look “natural” following surgery,’ says Dr Moore.
Accurate measurements to define body proportions are the number one step in achieving natural looking results. Yet Dr Moore suggests advances in implant technology can go lengths in achieving aesthetically attractive, natural looking curves.
Part of the success of P-URE implants is their ability to reduce the rate of capsular contracture, which is the rippling, hardening and distortion of implants as the body forms a scar capsule around them. The textured surface of P-URE implants forces the body’s protein to surround the implant in an uneven pattern, preventing contraction and lessening the chance of implant distortion.
‘A number of recent studies have shown that there is only a one per cent risk of capsular contracture with polyurethane-coated implants, which is very minimal and a significant improvement on the 10 per cent risk associated with saline and silicone implants,’ says Dr Moore. ‘This is one of the many reasons I believe patients should choose polyurethane implants. With the right surgeon and the proper patient consultation, I believe they can create superior results.’
Whether or not a natural outcome is desired, extensive consultation is essential in deciding upon the final shape and size of implant. With expectations, desires and body shape varying drastically between patients, a lengthy and in-depth consultation process will prepare the patient for surgery, address the preferred outcomes and establish the limitations posed by body shape, skin thickness and tissue composition.
‘Sometimes patients describe an aesthetic which is unachievable because of their physical limitations,’ says Dr Moore. ‘By measuring the proportions of the figure we can determine the best breast size for the patient to enhance the rest of her body.’
Dr Moore completes a number of measurements during a consultation. ‘The basic dimensions of the breast are taken into account, including the breast base, height and overall width,’ he says. ‘The distance from the nipple to the inframammary crease (underneath the breast) is influential in the appearance of a perky breast,’ he says.
These measurements, alongside an understanding of what each patient hopes to achieve, will guide the surgeon in selecting the most suitable implant size and shape for that individual. Planning, diligent measurements and careful implant selection will see breast augmentation result in natural-looking, beautified breasts.