What Are The Different Shapes of Breast Implants?
Understanding Breast Implants: A Short Guide to Sizes and Shapes
Breast implants come in a huge range of shapes and sizes. The array of choices can be dizzying. To help you understand what are the different shapes and of breast implants we have put together this guide: Understanding Breast Implants: A Short Guide to Sizes and Shapes.
Shape of Breast Implants
Breast implants are available in round and tear-drop shape:
- Round Implants
- Round implants produce an all-round full appearance.
- These implants are preferred in women who have lost breast size due to breast feeding or weight loss. The round shape produces a much more natural or full-appearance in the breast shape.
- A small incision anywhere in the breast tissue is enough to place the implant.
- The round shape ensures that rotation does not affect the breast shape or size and deformity does not occur.
- Tear-Drop Implants
- Tear-drop implants create a much more natural appearance with a fuller lower half that tapers as it moves towards the top of the breast.
- Post-operative rotations are possible and the breast may develop a distorted appearance.
- Innovative new versions like polyurethane foam-covered ‘tear drop’ implants are designed to stay in place and they overcome the distortion problem.
- The incision has to be placed under the breast to insert the implant.
Surface of Implants: Smooth vs Textured:
Breast implants may be smooth, textured or covered with fuzzy polyurethane foam.
Smooth implants have the most natural feel. They move around with the breast tissue and they also provide natural movement.
Textured breast implants make the breast tissue produce scar tissue that fix the implant in place. However, this excess tissue production may result in the formation of a stiff scar capsule around the implant.
Polyurethane implants are popular as there is very little risk of scar tissue formation. These implants also stick to breast tissue through a Velcro-like adhesion process. This prevents implant rotation and breast distortion but the implants do require a larger incision during the insertion process.
Size and Profile
Breast implant size is measured in cc or cubic centimeters. The higher the number of the implant, the bigger it will be. For example, a 300 cc implant will be bigger than a 200 cc implant. Along with breast size, profile is also important. Profile refers to how high the breast implant projects from the chest wall in relation to the base width of the implant. At present, you can choose from moderate profile, moderate plus profile, high profile, and ultra high profile.
Now that you know the basics about breast implants, do take the time to talk to your surgeon. Discuss your needs and your expectations with your surgeon and you are much more likely to be satisfied with the end results.
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