As technology improves, breast reconstruction patients have a number of options for customizing their procedures. At my practice in Orange County, breast implants continue to be a top choice for restoring volume after a mastectomy, and now women can choose between round and shaped options. The recent availability of shaped implants has increased the level of personalization possible with breast reconstruction.
The main goal of reconstruction is to re-create the natural-looking breasts you had prior to your mastectomy. With more styles and types of implants, surgeons have better chances of achieving that goal. A qualified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast enhancement can help you decide on the right implant for your body, your lifestyle, and your goals.
- Round Implants: Round implants have been available for decades, and come in both smooth and textured shells. Round implants are a good option for creating more fullness in the upper portion of the breast.
- Shaped Implants: Also called anatomical or teardrop shaped implants, this option offers a more sloping profile than that created by a round implant. Since it is very important that shaped implants don”t become displaced, they only come with a textured surface.
Keep in mind that neither of these implant types is “better” than the other. Your body type and specific needs will determine which one is right for you.