Posted on 03 Oct 2017

Many women may not realize that there are two different shape options for breast augmentation. Yes, there are the traditional round implants and also a more anatomical teardrop-shape that many refer to as “shaped” implants.

Although the majority of breast augmentations performed are using round implants, about 30 percent use anatomical, or shaped implants instead. Each shape has its own unique set of benefits, but that doesn’t mean that they all work for every woman. How do you know if you’re a good candidate for anatomical implants?

Shaped Implants

Just like round implantsshaped implants may be either silicone or saline. Anatomical breast implants also offer a third choice. That is a 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: having less volume up towards the top of the breast, and more at the base.

Anatomical implants are desirable for women who are seeking a more subtle-looking enhancement, without the distinctive upper area fullness that round implants provide. Their shape makes them ideal for use in reconstructive surgery since their graduated shape offers such natural looking results.

Round Implants

Round implants can be filled with either silicone or saline, and remain the more popular choice for breast enhancement. 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 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.

Round implants can be placed either between the chest muscle and the natural breast tissue or beneath both the muscle and the glandular tissue.

Smooth vs. Round Outer Shell

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.

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, not a common occurrence, with a rough surface shell, contracture becomes even less likely.

There are many things to consider when you are signing up for breast augmentation surgery. Your first and foremost consideration should be your choice of surgeon.

Contact Neaman Plastic Surgery Today

Dr. Keith Neaman serves Salem and the surrounding areas. With his years of expertise and his professional staff, Dr. Neaman will show you the way to a beautiful and natural breast augmentation. Give Dr. Neaman a call at (844) 338-5445 and schedule your private consultation today.

Dr. Keith Neaman

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Dr. Neaman is a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in surgical body contouring. He prides himself on being on the cutting edge of plastic surgery. He takes an informative approach to each consultation, and through open dialogue and communication, he helps his patients decide on a treatment plan that meets their needs.

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