Breast Implant Shapes
People come in all shapes and sizes, it's one of the things that makes us different, makes us special. That's why breast implants come in different shapes and sizes too, including the smallest breast implants, because not every person will want the same looking breasts after breast enhancement surgery. Some women will prefer a round implant and believe that will provide the results they are looking for; others desire a teardrop-shaped implant and the different appeal that comes from that.
Either way, the way the breasts look after breast enhancement can be affected quite a bit by the different breast implant shapes. That's why it's highly recommended that people who are considering getting implants should discuss the differences with their surgeons before setting their hearts on a particular shape.
Factors to Consider
While considering what breast implants are going to be best for you, the shape of the implant is an important decision. The two main breast implant shapes are called teardrop and round. Since breasts are obviously very different from person to person, implant shapes are a personal choice for each individual. Some considerations include:
- Body type
- How much breast tissue currently exists
- Placement of the implant (either subglandular or under-the-muscle)
- Incision site (whether its in the armpit, the navel, at the inframammary fold at the bottom of the breast, or at the edge of the areola)
Round Breast Implants
The most common of the implant shapes (when it comes to breast augmentation) is the round implant, which looks like a compressed sphere. Different types of this implant can adjust the projection, which is the breasts' forward distance from the chest wall. They come in four types, varying from low projection to high projection. High projection breast implants achieve a projection that would normally need breast implants that had larger bases and more volume. Women who wish to have more fullness in the top part of the breasts will probably consider the round implant to be a better choice.
Patients who choose the round implants do so for the lift, cleavage, and fullness they give to the breast. On the other hand, some patients feel round implants look too artificial, and choose the teardrop-shaped implant because they believe it looks more natural.
Since the implant is round, it is symmetrical, and implant rotation is not an issue. The implant can be chosen with either a textured or a smooth surface, and tends to cost less than the teardrop implant.
Teardrop Breast Implants
The teardrop name comes from the way it is shaped, with a sloped contour that fills out more on the bottom than the top, mimicking the shape of natural breasts. Even though the upper part of the teardrop implants aren't quite as filled out as the round implants, they tend to give greater projection than their round counterparts with the same amount of volume. Women who are seeking a breast enhancement that appears more natural, teardrop implants might be the right choice.
Between the teardrop and round breast implant shapes, it is usually the teardrop that costs more, which is definitely something to think about for those worried about financial expenses. The teardrop implant also needs a textured surface in order to keep the implant from rotating and distorting the shape of the breast, which is not something to worry about with round implants.
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Talk to a Surgeon about Breast Implant Shapes
Knowing about the basics of what these different implant shapes provide is definitely the right step towards finding the look of your dreams, but it is very useful to have a conversation with an expert who deals with these implants everyday. Talk to your surgeon about the different types and which one would be the best fit for you. If you're looking for a surgeon, our DocShop directory can help you find a qualified surgeon in your local area.
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