Breast Implant Shapes
Many people realize breast implants come in different sizes, but did you know they also come in different shapes? The shape of implant, round or teardrop, you choose is best determined between you and your surgeon. When choosing the breast implant shape, it is important to understand how the shape of the implant will look with the size you desire on your body frame. Schedule a consultation with Washington D. C. based cosmetic surgery practice Millennium Medical to find the perfect size and shape breast implant for your body.
Round Breast Implants
Round implants are more of a slightly flattened sphere and are the most commonly used breast implant shape. Round implants are broken up into four types based on implant projection. Implant projection refers to how far the implant will stick out from the chest. The implants range from low projection to high projection. The higher the projection, the larger the base and volume of the implant. Round implants are generally less expensive than the teardrop implant. Round implants also offer the benefit of being symmetrical which makes the possibility of implant rotation a non-issue. Round implants are a popular choice as they provide fullness to the breast, lift, and more cleavage.
Teardrop Breast Implants
The other shape available for breast implants is teardrop. Teardrop shaped breast implants, as the name suggests, are shaped like a teardrop. This means they have a full bottom, which inwardly slopes up. The teardrop shaped implant was designed to more closely mimic the shape of a woman's natural breast. Teardrop breast implants offer the benefit of greater projection than round implants without requiring more volume. Teardrop implants are generally more costly than round implants. One reason teardrop implants are more expensive is because they must have a textured surface to prevent implant rotation.
Choosing the Right Implant Shape for You
The shape of implant used in breast augmentation greatly affects the final appearance of the breast. When deciding between the two shapes, it is important to discuss your desired outcome with your surgeon as well as how shape and size will look on your frame. Some things to consider when deciding between round or teardrop shaped breast implants include:
- Desired breast shape
- Desired breast size
- Your body frame
- Natural versus artificial look
- Cost differences
- Incision type (areolar, inframmary, or along the fold beneath the breast)
- Implant type (saline or silicone)
Schedule a Consultation
Breast augmentation offers many benefits including improved self-esteem, improved appearance; in some cases, like with breast reconstruction, implants can make a woman feel like her self again. There are many things to consider when it comes to breast augmentation such as size, shape, type, or incision site. To find out more about your breast augmentation choices, we welcome you to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve your cosmetic surgery goals.