Choosing The Style Of Your Breast Implants
Breast Implant Styles
You can choose from many different breast implants. Each implant will have a different feel and look. Different surface textures and shapes create these variations. You can get your implants either in an anatomic shape, or in a round shape. Another term for the anatomic shape is the teardrop shape. Most patients choose the round shape, because they find it to be the most modern and perky look.
Engineers designed the teardrop implant to create a more natural look for patients. It creates a breast shape that is fuller at the bottom and flatter at the top. Many women who are having their breasts reconstructed after a mastectomy opt for the teardrop implant. This may be because they had naturally large breasts before the surgery, and want something that looks like what they had naturally.
The silicone surface of your implant can be textured or smooth. Your doctor will typically give you a choice. The textured implant has a gritty and rough texture, similar to fine sandpaper and the smooth implant is more like a balloon. Most patients opt for the smooth implant.
The main benefit of getting an implant with a rough texture is that the roughness can help to discourage the formation of capsular contracture. This is scar tissue, or firmness that forms around the implant. Another easy to recognize form of capsular contracture is keloids. If you keloid easily, then you might be prone to capsular contracture, and you should probably consider getting textured implants.
One of the main reasons that you should consider an adjustable implant is that you can start with an extra large implant to stretch the skin. When you visit the doctor, have him reduce your implant size just slightly to the size you originally desired. For the final product, your breasts will look more natural.
The Placement of Your Implants
You can have your implants placed over or under the chest muscles (sub pectoral placement). Most doctors will recommend sub pectoral placement because it also helps to reduce the risk of capsular contracture. It also creates a more natural looking and less balloon-like implant look.