Understanding Contoured Implants

There are many types of breast implants in Florida. One style that patients often ask me about is contoured or anatomical implants. Although this implant type was initially used for breast reconstruction patients, in recent years it has become a popular option for breast augmentation.

    • Round vs. Anatomical Implants


Round implants are circular is shape and have either a smooth or a textured outer shell. Contoured implants are teardrop shaped and have a textured shell. The rough texture helps keep the contoured implant from rotating in the breast pocket, which can cause distortion in the breast’s appearance. Round implants can rotate freely in the breast pocket without any negative effect on the breast shape.

    • Why Choose Anatomical Implants


Women choose anatomical implants for a variety of reasons. Most do so because they prefer the breast shape that contoured implants provide (with more volume concentrated at the base of the breast). Other women feel that anatomical implants look more natural and more similar to natural breasts.

    • So Which is Better?


Neither type is “better.” They are both good options with their own set of advantages. Deciding which is right for you will require an in-depth discussion with your plastic surgeon. He or she can suggest the best choice based on your body type and what you hope to achieve.

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