Many women may not realize that there are two different shape options for breast implants: round implants or a more anatomical teardrop-shape.
Although the majority of breast augmentations are performed using round implants, about 30 percent use anatomical implants instead. Each shape has its own unique set of benefits, but that doesn’t mean that they will work for every woman. How do you know if you’re a good candidate for anatomical implants?
Round Implant Results
- Saline implants can be filled after placement, requiring a smaller incision, while silicone implants have a thicker filling that feels more like an actual breast.
- Round implants can be placed either between the chest muscle and the natural breast tissue or beneath both the muscle and the glandular tissue.
Round implants come in a number of sizes and profiles; the profile of an implant determines the level of breast projection after surgery. Any type of implant will add volume to the breast, but round implants add volume both in the lower part of the breast and higher up on the chest. This high breast area, called the upper pole, does not normally have much projection without implants.
Anatomical Implant Options
Like round implants, anatomical implants may be either silicone or saline. Anatomical breast implants also offer a third choice: highly cohesive silicone gel, which is firmer than traditional silicone implants. The teardrop-shaped implants offer women a final result with contours that are more similar to the natural breast: less volume up top, and more at the base.
Anatomical implants are great for women who want a more subtle-looking enhancement, without the distinctive upper pole fullness that round implants lend. Their shape makes them ideal for use in reconstructive surgery since their graduated shape offers such natural looking results.
Rough vs. Smooth Implants
There’s another important difference to anatomical implants as well: the outer shell is textured rather than smooth. This offers the surrounding tissue a better surface for gripping during the healing process, which helps keep the implant in place and prevent any rotation. Round implants are the same shape on all sides, so rotation within the surgical pocket doesn’t matter too much. However, anatomical implants have to stay in the same position or they simply won’t look right.
This rough surface has an added benefit: it reduces the rates of capsular contracture in women compared to round implants with a smooth outer shell. Capsular contracture is the growth of hardened scar tissue around implants that can feel rigid and even painful to the touch. Although the rates of developing this condition are fairly low, they are even lower when using anatomical implants with a textured shell rather than round implants with a smooth shell.
Make the Right Choice with a Beverly Hills Breast Surgeon
There are a few different benefits to choosing anatomical implants over round, but only your doctor can say for sure whether you would make a good candidate for teardrop-shaped implants. Most women who receive anatomical implants are older or are undergoing reconstructive surgery, but a teardrop shape can certainly deliver beautiful results for purely cosmetic augmentation as well. If you have a personal preference, it’s important to share this information with your surgeon at your consultation. From there, you can decide together which option will bring out the best in your body.