When you first set off on your breast augmentation journey, you will probably be intensely focused on what the implant is made from (saline or silicone) and the size. Arriving at the cosmetic surgeon’s office for your consultation, you will find yourself faced with another, rather easy-sounding decision: round or anatomical implants. Choosing the implant shape can appear to be deceptively simple, but your pick can have a long-term impact on the final results.
LITTLE VISIBLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ROUND AND ANATOMICAL IMPLANTS
At first thought, a teardrop-shaped implant, also referred to as an anatomical implant, seems to offer the natural-looking breast shape most women hope for. Smaller at the top, an anatomical implant is fuller at the bottom, providing the ‘teardrop’ shape to the breast, with more volume along the lower pole.
Many studies have been performed comparing the results of breast augmentation procedures using both implant shapes. The overall conclusion is that there is surprisingly little difference in the end results. Studies show that plastic surgeons often have little ability to determine which implant has been used. The main reason is that as a round gel implant sits in the breast pocket, gravity will act to pull the bottom downward, assuming a somewhat teardrop appearance that is similar to anatomical implants. While the implant will dictate the shape of the breast to some degree, much of the final appearance is actually related to the woman’s natural anatomy prior to surgery.
ANATOMICAL IMPLANTS REMAIN A VALUABLE OPTION
There are times when anatomical implants are preferred to round. They can make a good choice for those women looking for subtle enhancement, without adding the distinctive upper pole fullness seen with round implants. Additionally, the graduated shape makes them ideal for use in reconstructive surgery, when little natural breast tissue is present.
All Gummy Bear implants, made from highly cohesive, form-stable silicone, are anatomically shaped. This is because round implants made with the same highly cohesive filler would look too circular and unnatural on the chest. Although the most expensive breast implant on the market, many women seek out Gummy Bear implants for their form-fitting appearance that resists pressure and gravity, with a low chance for tears and leakage.
COMPLICATIONS OF ANATOMICAL IMPLANTS
All anatomical implants are textured, which helps to ensure the implant does not rotate in the breast pocket. Unfortunately, even a textured silicone shell cannot guarantee that the implant will stay in place. When a round implant rotates, it is undetectable; but when a teardrop shape implant rotates, it is extremely noticeable. The shifted implant will require surgery to restore proper positioning. Additionally, an anatomical implant cannot provide the upper pole fullness that many women desire, especially if her natural breast volume has depleted. Round implants, on the other hand, offer fullness along both the upper and lower pole.
Still have questions about round and teardrop shape silicone implants? Dr. Vitenas is one of Houston’s most experienced cosmetic surgeons, performing his highly sought-after breast augmentation procedures for more than 30 years. Throughout his practice, Dr. Vitenas has seen the numerous changes in breast implants and can help you to decide the best shape or size for your unique needs. Call Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery at 281.407.7428 to schedule a free breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Vitenas.