Understanding the Different Breast Implant Shapes
We recognize each of our patients has unique cosmetic concerns and treatment goals. Dr. David Passaretti provides completely personalized breast augmentation procedures to help you achieve a stunning figure. Just like saline and silicone implants are preferred for their different benefits, the shape of your implant is an important consideration. Before your breast augmentation procedure, Dr. Passaretti will provide a complete consultation and help you choose the implant shape that will best suit your body type and aesthetic goals. To learn more about breast implant shapes, contact our Darien practice and schedule a consultation today.
Round and Teardrop-shaped Breast Implants
Originally, round breast implants were the only available shape. Although teardrop-shaped implants have enjoyed a rise in popularity, round implants still remain the most common choice. These implants are symmetrical and have an even diameter. Round implants come in varying sizes, or projections. Women with a naturally small build or those who are looking for more subtle enhancement may choose a lower profile, while women who desire a dramatic boost and more noticeable cleavage may prefer a higher projection.
Teardrop-shaped implants are fuller at the bottom than they are at the top. Also known as anatomically shaped implants, this shape strives to mimic the appearance of a natural breast. Some women feel that these implants offer more natural-looking results. However, round implants have a natural flexibility, which means that they naturally assume a kind of teardrop shape when a woman is standing or sitting upright. Therefore, both shapes can have a highly lifelike appearance.
Choosing Breast Implants
Advantages of Round Implants
Dr. Passaretti prefers to use round saline and silicone implants for a number of reasons. First, round implants can increase volume at the top of your breast, as well as the bottom. This means that you could enjoy more dramatic results, while still retaining a proportionate, natural figure. Second, if a round implant rotates, your breast will still retain its natural shape. If a teardrop-shaped implant rotates, it will give your breast a distorted appearance, which will require revision surgery. To prevent rotation, teardrop-shaped implants are textured, so they do not feel as natural as their round counterparts. Lastly, many women feel that teardrop-shaped implants do not move as naturally as round implants when they lay down.
Personalizing Your Treatment
Although Dr. Passaretti has his own preferences regarding implant shape, ultimately this is your treatment, and he wants you to be happy with the results. Before your surgery, you will have a complete consultation, and he will explain the advantages and disadvantages of both round and teardrop-shaped implants. Then he will help you select the shape that works best for your body type, breast tissue, and cosmetic goals.
Dr. Passaretti will also discuss whether saline or silicone implants are right for you. Saline implants are made of a silicone shell, and the doctor will fill it with a sterile saltwater solution to achieve your desired volume. Silicone implants have a silicone shell that is pre-filled with a silicone gel. Some women feel that this material feels more natural than saline. Others prefer saline because, if the implant ruptures, their bodies will naturally absorb the saltwater solution. Dr. Passaretti can place both types either under or over the pectoral muscle, which will further personalize the results of a breast augmentation procedure.
Learn More about Breast Implant Shapes
Breast augmentation can significantly improve your confidence in your appearance. To learn more about which implant shape is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. David Passaretti today.