What's the difference in shapes of saline breast implants?

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Aug 19, 2015 3:00:00 PM

breast implant shapesIf you’re considering breast augmentation, you have the choice between silicone implants or saline implants. What many people don’t realize, however, is that even within those categories, you have even more options to choose from. Implants come in different shapes that will ultimately play a role in the appearance of your breasts following surgery.

A saline breast implant is made of a viscous, elastic silicone shell that is filled with a sterile saltwater solution similar to the fluid that makes up much of the human body. When determining whether saline implants are right for you, there are multiple factors to consider. Anyone thinking about breast augmentation surgery will have to choose the size and shape of their implants.

Round implants, which are circular, project the bust line greatly, and provide ample cleavage and curves. Round implants are typically inserted under the muscles, and tend to keep their shape. Most surgeons will choose smooth, round implants because of their resistance to wrinkles, and if they happen to rotate in place, they won’t cause the breast to lose form.

Teardrop implants -- sometimes called contoured or anatomical implants -- hold most of their mass toward the bottom, making them look more natural than round implants. While options for implant sizes are limited with teardrop implants, “they’re a great option for those who are narrow and want a lot of volume,” says New York City plastic surgeon Tracy Pfeifer, MD. Teardrop implants aren’t usually as robust as round implants, but they tend to look more natural for certain body types.

Because of the way saline implants operate, determining the size of the implant is completely up to you. The empty implant is inserted into a surgical incision before being filled through a small tube with saline solution. Generally, most women choose an implant size of 350 cubic centimeters (cc). It is not uncommon, however, for women to reconsider their size after surgery. Many women will later decide that they chose a size too small for their liking, and will eventually follow up with a revision surgery.

Contact Monarch Plastic Surgery to request a breast augmentation consultation and learn more about your options.

Topics: Plastic surgery, breast implants

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