The decision to get breast implants is exciting.
You’ll have your implants for a long time, so it’s worthwhile understanding your choices.
Breast Implant Shapes
There are two main types of breast implant shapes to choose from: Round and Teardrop. Round breast implants are the most common and come in a range of projections, ranging from low to high. Several independent well conducted scientific studies have proven that most people (including plastic surgeons) cannot distinguish the result of breast augmentation with round implants from the result with teardrop implants.
1. Round breast implants augment the female breast most naturally because the breast is a complex disc-cone-round shape that is simulated well by viscous fill within a round roughly hemispherical implant.
2. Teardrop breast implants are fuller at the bottom than at the top and more solid (“form stable”) than round implants. Teardrop implants do not change their shape with changes in body position like softer round implants. For women with loose breast skin, the “form stability” of shaped implants actually promotes more upper breast fullness than similar sized round implants which settle to the bottom of the breast skin envelope in standing position. Additionally, women with elliptical shaped breasts (wide short chest or tall narrow chest) may be better suited to teardrop shaped implants that are wide and short or tall and narrow than round implants. Teardrop implants may rotate over time however, and if this creates an abnormal or asymmetric breast shape may be an indication for breast revision surgery.
In our office, you’ll see and feel all available breast implant shapes, brands, and styles. We discuss advantages and disadvantages of each type of implant so you’ll be able to select which is best for you.