Can Upper Pole Fullness Be Achieved With Breast Augmentation?

What Is Upper Pole Fullness and How Can It Be Achieved

Breast augmentation is a popular surgical procedure that aims to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. One of the desired outcomes for many women is achieving upper pole fullness, which refers to the roundness and fullness in the upper portion of the breast. Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anthony MacQuillan explores the concept of upper pole fullness and discusses how breast augmentation can help in achieving this aesthetic goal.

What Is Upper Pole Fullness?

Upper pole fullness is often associated with a youthful and perky breast appearance” says Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anthony Macquillan. “It refers to the volume and projection in the upper part of the breast, specifically above the nipple-areolar complex. When the upper pole of the breast is well-filled, it can create a more rounded and attractive breast contour.”

Factors Influencing Upper Pole Fullness

Achieving upper pole fullness with breast augmentation depends on several factors, including breast tissue characteristics, body frame, and chest wall shape.

  • Breast Tissue Characteristics: The density and elasticity of your breast tissue play a role in determining the degree of upper pole fullness that can be achieved. Patients with denser breast tissue may naturally have more fullness in the upper pole, while those with less dense tissue may require additional techniques, such as the choice of implants or fat transfer, to enhance fullness.
  • Body Frame: Your body frame and overall body proportions can influence the appearance of upper pole fullness. Factors such as your height, weight, and body shape can impact how the breasts are perceived in relation to the rest of your body. Anthony will consider your body frame during the consultation to ensure that the desired upper pole fullness aligns harmoniously with your overall physique.
  • Chest Wall Shape: The shape of your chest wall, including factors such as the projection and width, can affect the outcome of breast augmentation. The chest wall provides the foundation for the breast implants and influences how they sit on your chest. Anthony will assess your chest wall shape to determine the most appropriate surgical techniques necessary to achieve optimal upper pole fullness.

Consultation for Breast Augmentation to Achieve Upper Pole Fullness

When considering breast augmentation and desiring upper pole fullness, it is important to schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon like Anthony. The consultation serves as a vital step in the surgical process, allowing the surgeon to assess your unique anatomy and discuss your specific goals and expectations.

During the consultation, Anthony will conduct a thorough examination of your breasts, taking into account factors such as breast tissue characteristics, skin elasticity, and chest wall shape. Understanding your individual anatomy is essential in determining the most suitable techniques and options for achieving upper pole fullness.

Anthony will also take the time to discuss your aesthetic goals and listen to your concerns. Open communication is important in establishing a clear understanding of what you hope to achieve with breast augmentation. By sharing your expectations and desired outcomes, Anthony can provide personalised recommendations tailored to your unique needs.

Additionally, the consultation is an opportunity for you to ask questions and address any concerns you may have. It is important to have a thorough understanding of the procedure, including the potential risks, benefits, and recovery process.

Breast Enlargement Augmentation - before and after

Surgical Incision Options

During breast augmentation surgery, various incision options are available, each with its advantages and considerations. The choice of incision can impact the placement of the breast implant and potentially influence the achievement of upper pole fullness.

  • Inframammary Incision: The inframammary incision is made along the fold beneath the breast, known as the inframammary crease. This incision offers direct access to the breast pocket and allows for precise placement of the implant. The inframammary incision provides excellent control over achieving upper pole fullness, as the surgeon can position the implant to create the desired contour in the upper portion of the breast.
  • Periareolar Incision: The periareolar incision is made around the outer edge of the areola, where the darker pigmented skin meets the surrounding breast skin. This incision offers the advantage of being well-camouflaged within the natural transition between the areola and breast skin. Through this incision, Anthony can access the breast tissue and create the desired upper pole fullness by placing the implant in the appropriate position.
  • Transaxillary Incision: The transaxillary incision is made within the armpit, allowing the surgeon to insert the breast implant through a tunnel created under the skin. While this incision avoids any scarring on the breast itself, it may not provide as much control over achieving upper pole fullness compared to the inframammary or periareolar incisions. The transaxillary incision is typically used for placing saline implants or certain types of silicone implants.

Breast Augmentation Techniques for Upper Pole Fullness

Breast augmentation surgery offers different techniques and options to achieve upper pole fullness. Here are some approaches that Anthony may employ:

  1. Implant Selection
    The choice of breast implants plays a vital role in achieving upper pole fullness. Generally, implants with a higher profile, such as those with a round shape and a higher projection, are more likely to create fullness in the upper pole of the breast. During the consultation process, Anthony will discuss the various implant options available and help you select the most appropriate implant for your desired outcome.
  2. Placement of Implants
    The placement of breast implants can also influence the degree of upper pole fullness. Two common placement options are subglandular (above the chest muscle) and submuscular (partially or fully beneath the chest muscle). Placing the implants subglandularly may provide more upper pole fullness as the implant is positioned closer to the breast tissue.
  3. Fat Transfer
    In certain cases, fat transfer can be combined with breast augmentation to enhance upper pole fullness. Fat grafting involves removing excess fat from one area of the body, typically through liposuction, and injecting it into the breasts to add volume and contour. This technique can provide a natural-looking fullness in the upper pole.

Realistic Expectations and Individual Variations

When considering breast enlargement and desiring upper pole fullness, it’s important to have realistic expectations and understand that the outcome may vary from person to person. Every individual has unique breast characteristics, such as breast tissue density, skin elasticity, and chest wall shape, which can influence the final results of breast augmentation surgery.

During the consultation with Anthony, these individual variations will be carefully assessed. He will take into account your specific breast anatomy and discuss how it may impact the achievement of upper pole fullness. For example, if you have denser breast tissue, you may have a natural advantage in terms of upper pole fullness. Conversely, if you have less dense breast tissue, additional techniques such as implant selection or fat transfer may be necessary to enhance fullness in the upper pole.

Combining Breast Uplift with Augmentation

In some cases, patients may desire not only increased volume but also correction of breast sagging. This is where combining a breast uplift (mastopexy) with breast augmentation can be a suitable option. A breast lift focuses on addressing breast ptosis (drooping) and repositioning the nipples to a higher position, resulting in a more youthful appearance and improved upper pole fullness.

During the consultation, Anthony will assess the extent of breast sagging and discuss whether a breast lift is necessary or recommended to achieve the desired upper pole fullness. The combination of a breast lift and augmentation allows for comprehensive rejuvenation of the breasts, addressing both volume and positioning.

The breast lift procedure involves removing excess skin, reshaping the breast tissue, and repositioning the nipple-areolar complex to a more aesthetically pleasing location. By lifting the breasts and eliminating sagging, the natural fullness of the upper pole can be restored or enhanced. The addition of breast implants during the same surgery can further enhance volume, creating a fuller and more youthful appearance.

Combining a breast lift with augmentation requires careful planning and consideration of various factors, including the degree of sagging, the desired size and shape of the breasts, and the overall aesthetic goals. Anthony will discuss the surgical techniques involved, incision options, and the expected recovery process during the consultation. By combining these procedures, you can achieve both the desired upper pole fullness and a more lifted and rejuvenated breast appearance.

It’s important to note that combining a breast lift with augmentation is a more complex procedure compared to breast augmentation alone. It may require a longer recovery period and involve additional scarring. However, for patients seeking both volume enhancement and correction of sagging breasts, this combination approach can deliver transformative results.

FAQs about Upper Pole Fullness and Breast Enlargement Surgery

Can exercise and chest exercises alone achieve upper pole fullness?

  • While exercise and chest exercises can help strengthen the chest muscles, they cannot directly increase breast volume or achieve upper pole fullness. Breast enlargement surgery is the most effective method for enhancing breast size and shape, including upper pole fullness.

Will breastfeeding or pregnancy affect upper pole fullness after breast enlargement surgery?

  • Breastfeeding and pregnancy can cause changes in breast shape and volume, including potential loss of upper pole fullness. If you plan to have children in the future, it’s important to discuss this with your surgeon during the consultation. While breast enlargement surgery can enhance upper pole fullness, future pregnancies may impact the results, and additional procedures may be needed to restore the desired appearance.

Are there any non-surgical alternatives to achieve upper pole fullness?

  • Non-surgical alternatives for enhancing upper pole fullness are limited. While certain bras and garments may create the illusion of fuller breasts, they are temporary solutions. Non-invasive procedures, such as ultrasound or radiofrequency treatments, may offer mild skin tightening but do not significantly increase breast volume or address upper pole fullness.

What are the potential risks or complications associated with breast enlargement surgery and achieving upper pole fullness?

  • Breast enlargement surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries potential risks and complications. These can include infection, bleeding, scarring, changes in nipple sensation, implant rupture, and asymmetry. Discussing these risks with your surgeon during the consultation is important to ensure you understand the potential outcomes and complications associated with the procedure.

Can I achieve upper pole fullness through multiple breast enlargement surgeries?

  • In some cases, patients may undergo multiple breast enlargement surgeries to achieve their desired upper pole fullness. It is important to discuss this possibility with your surgeon during the consultation. However, it’s essential to have realistic expectations and understand that each surgical intervention carries its own risks and limitations. Working closely with your surgeon to develop a comprehensive treatment plan can help optimise your chances of achieving the desired upper pole fullness.

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