Breast Implant Shapes: Which Option Is Right for You?
Patients desiring a fuller shape can undergo breast augmentation at our Victoria, TX, practice. To further personalize treatment, patients can choose from a variety of breast implant shapes. Dr. Brian F. Burns offers both round and teardrop-shaped breast implants at South Texas Plastic Surgery. The best implant shape for you can be determined by your body type, the amount of pre-existing breast tissue, and whether the implant is placed under or above the muscle.
Round Breast Implants
When it comes to breast augmentation, the most common type of implant used is round. Sphere-shaped, these implants come in four different projections, or, how far the breasts extend beyond the chest wall. In most cases, women who desire more fullness in the upper portion of the breasts choose round implants, since they provide optimal cleavage and lift.
During a complimentary consultation at our practice, Dr. Burns can discuss each type of breast implant with you in detail.
Some women believe that round breast implants have an artificial appearance, and therefore choose teardrop-shaped implants. Round implants are available in both smooth and textured surfaces. However, due to the spherical shape, round implants have a higher tendency to rotate in the breast pocket.
Teardrop-Shaped Breast Implants
Aesthetically speaking, most natural breasts are teardrop-shaped, which is why many women choose teardrop-shaped implants. These implants are sloped near the upper portion, and fuller in the lower portion. While teardrop-shaped implants are not as full as round implants, they typically have a higher projection in comparison. While round implants are available in textured or smooth surfaces, teardrop-shaped implants must have a textured surface to avoid rotation, as this could distort the contour of the breast.
Smooth vs. Textured Breast Implants
Each type of breast implant, smooth or textured, offers its own set of unique benefits.
Smooth Breast Implants
Smooth implants can move freely within the breast pocket. If the implant is round-shaped, this is not an issue, as it will not distort the breast’s appearance. Compared to their textured counterparts, smooth implants typically have thinner skin. Because of this, they feel softer and more natural. Other benefits include:
- Longer-lasting and cost effective: In general, smooth implants last longer than textured implants and are typically more affordable.
- Reduced chance of rippling: Compared to textured implants, smooth implants have a much lower chance of developing a rippled appearance once placed.
Textured Breast Implants
Textured implants have a rougher surface intended to minimize rotation within the breast pocket. In contrast to smooth implants, textured implants adhere to the surrounding tissue. This is important in teardrop-shaped implants, since if rotation occurred, the breasts would appear unnatural and disfigured. It is important to note that leakage and rippling are more common in textured implants. However, textured implants do not become displaced as often as smooth implants.
Which Type of Implant Is Right for Me?
The kind of breast implant recommended for you will depend on several factors, including your personal preferences, the amount of tissue available, and your body type. During a complimentary consultation at our practice, Dr. Burns can discuss each type of breast implant with you in detail.
Contact Us for More Information
If you are considering breast augmentation, it is important to know which type of implant you would like to have placed. To explore your candidacy and your options, schedule a visit with us. Contact us online or call our office at (361) 576-1975.