Summary: Breast augmentation can create a beautiful look in the right candidate, but implants are in no way the solution for every woman who wants to enhance her breasts. In fact, there are many cosmetic breast issues that implants may not be able help. In order to bring out the best in your body, you should have a good idea of three common breast appearance concerns that implants can’t improve on their own.

1. Drooping Breasts

Whether as a result of the natural aging process, the impact of pregnancy, or a fluctuation in weight, breasts can often take on a droopy and deflated look. While getting breast implants after pregnancy or weight loss can restore lost volume, they can’t provide a “pick me up” as far as placement is concerned.

If you have drooping breasts, you may need a breast lift to bring the breasts to a higher position, improve breast shape, and reposition or resize the nipples if needed. Additionally, women may choose to combine implants with their breast lift for a final profile that’s fuller and perkier.

2. Cleavage

Many women assume that implants will automatically give them better cleavage. However, in order to maintain realistic expectations about your breast implant results, it’s important to understand that cleavage is based a lot more on your natural anatomy than it is on your breast implants.

Cleavage is not merely the result of larger breasts. Some women may have great cleavage even with moderate breast size, if they have a narrow chest width that brings the breasts closer together. By the same measure, women with larger breasts may actually find they have less cleavage if their breasts are farther apart.

While implants may enhance natural cleavage, they won’t push the breasts close together to create cleavage where none exists. If your breasts are naturally set a little bit wider than you’d like, a push-up bra remains the best solution for creating an invitingly dramatic décolletage.

3. Tuberous Breasts

Tuberous breasts result from a congenital condition that restricts breast tissue growth during puberty, forcing breasts into an elongated shape rather than rounded contours. Tuberous breasts can appear small, with a higher than normal inframammary fold and puffy nipples or areolas.

Because feeling sensitive about breast appearance can have such a negative emotional impact on girls and women who are concerned that their breasts may look “abnormal” or otherwise different from their peers, more women with tuberous breasts are turning toward breast implants as a possible solution.

However, augmentation in tuberous breasts requires a more involved approach than implants alone can deliver. In order to correct tuberous breasts, the surgeon must first release the constricted breast tissue, which allows the breasts to expand out into a rounder shape after breast implants are placed. By reshaping the breast tissue as well as using breast implants, the results can look beautiful and natural, without the telltale characteristics normally associated with tuberous breasts.

A Customized Approach to Breast Enhancement

There’s no denying that breast implants can accentuate your figure in all the right ways, but the exceptions listed above are a good reminder of why it’s essential to work with a board certified plastic surgeon for the best results. By taking a customized approach to breast enhancement that combines procedures if needed, your surgeon can work closely with you to ensure that you’re happy with your final results.