Women come in all different shapes and sizes, so it only makes sense that breast implants come in all shapes and sizes too! Because we don’t all want our breasts to look the same after a breast augmentation, boobie goals can be reached in different ways. And one of those ways is through implant shape.
There are two basic breast implant shapes: Round and Anatomical (aka teardrop). Understanding the differences of each type is central to your implant selection.
Picking the right implant shape for you will be based on:
- Your body type (curvy, athletic, slim)
- How much existing breast tissue you have
- Implant placement (under or over the muscle)
- Incision site (armpit, the navel, at the inframammary fold at the bottom of the breast, or at the edge of the nipple)
Without doubt, roundimplants are the most commonly used implant in breast augmentation. A round implant looks a bit like a squashed ball...
Round implants are generally suitable for most women. But they work best when there isn't breast sagging and when you have some existing breast tissue.
Round implants are great for a full, rounded look to the upper breast.
There are lots of choices available with round implants (dimensions, outer shell, volume, filling) so you can easily achieve your boobie goals. You can also place a round implant into the breast via any of the four main types of incision (inframammary fold under the breast, armpit, periaereolar, and the navel).
Round implants can be either smooth ortextured, and they can be filled with saline orsilicone.
Once a round implant is inside your breast, gravity will pull it in to a more natural shape. But, if you're on the thin side, round implants can give you a more 'augmented' look (which is great if that's what you want of course!).
An anatomical (also called 'shaped' or 'teardrop') implant gets its name from how it's shaped. It has a sloped contour with more implant at the bottom than the top, mimicking the shape of natural breasts.
Shaped implants are not used as often as round implants. They're generally used for breast reconstruction, or for women who have very little volume in the chest and want the most natural looking result.
Even though the upper part of the teardrop implants aren't quite as filled out as round implants, they tend to give greater projection (how much the breast sticks out from the side) than their round counterparts with the same amount of volume.
A shaped implant can be a good choice if you are slim and want a natural looking larger breast after augmentation.
Anatomical implants are alwayssilicone (and it's a thicker silicone than in round implants as it needs to hold it's shape) and they are alwaystextured (because they need to stay in place to prevent implant rotation).
A textured outer shell and thicker silicone makes shaped implants firmer than round implants. Because of their shape they can only be placed into the breast via an inframammary (under boob) or periareolar (nipple) incision.
Which Type Is Best?
As an extremely rough guideline (remember- we are all totally unique), round implants are best upper pole fullness, while anatomical (or teardrop) are better suited to those lacking in breast tissue or seeking a more natural look.
If you’re considering breast augmentation, one of the most important decisions lies in the implants you choose. Each of the characteristics of implants can affect your final outcome. It’s useful to know your options but it’s also super important to know your boobie goals.
Each type of implant gives different results, so let your Board Certified plastic surgeon take the guesswork out of finding the best choice for you and your goals.