People come in all different shapes and sizes – it’s one of the things that make us all unique and special. Similarly, breasts come in all shapes and sizes. Because each woman has her own unique shape and size, breast implants come in many shapes and sizes. Not every woman will desire the same shape of size breasts after breast augmentation surgery.
There are four important decisions to make concerning the look of breast implants. The first is the shape; the second is the size; the third is the surface; the fourth is the profile.
Breast Implant Shape
The two principle breast implant shapes ate round and teardrop. Some factors to consider when selecting the shape are body type, placement of the implant, the amount of breast tissue that currently exists, and the incision site (armpit, navel, edge of the areola, fold at bottom of breast).
The most common implant shape is round. A round implant looks like a compressed sphere, and provide the most lift, fullness, and cleavage. Certain types of round breast implants enhance the forward projection of the breasts – this allows women to have larger looking breasts without getting larger implants.
The one drawback to round breast implants is that some women feel that the look is more artificial – they feel they look more fake than real. The cost of round breast implants is generally less than that of teardrop implants.
A teardrop implant is also called a contoured breast implant. It has a sloped contour that fills out more near the bottom than at the top. This shape mimics the shape of natural breast and some women prefer this look when getting breast augmentation surgery. The teardrop implant requires a textured surface to prevent the implant from rotating and distorting the shape of the breast.
Breast Implant Size
Breast implant size is measured in cubic centimeters (cc’s). Larger implants require larger amounts of cc’s. Selecting the right size implant may be the most important decision a woman and her surgeon can make. Too big looks…too big. The plastic surgeon will evaluate existing breast tissue to determine if there is enough tissue to accommodate a desired size.
Carefully consider the size you have always dreamed about before you actually choose the size of your implant. One way to visualize this is to place measured amounts of rice into a plastic bag and then insert into your bra (you may need to purchase a bigger bra to get the right look). This can then be used as a reference with your surgeon.
Breast Implant Surface
After you have determined the shape and size, you need to select between two surface options – smooth and textured. Smooth surfaces are used in the vast majority of breast augmentation surgeries. Textured breast implants are designed to prevent implants from shifting in position and to reduce the chances of capsular contracture. Textured surfaces are required for teardrop-shaped implants.
Breast Implant Profile
The profile of a breast implant refers to the level of forward projection out from the chest wall as it relates to the base width of the implant. A higher profile will create a more prominent silhouette than implants with lower profiles. A low profile shell is wider and flatter than a high profile shell. High profile breast implants have a smaller base diameter than moderate or low profile implants with the same amount of cc’s. The development of high profile breast implants have allowed women to achieved a more pronounced silhouette with a more natural shape.
Shape, size, surface, and profile are all important factors to consider when thinking about breast augmentation surgery. Knowing all your choices will ensure you get the look you have always wanted.