At our practice, breast augmentation patients from around Louisville, Lexington, and other Kentucky cities are always asking for the best — the best size, the best material, the best incision. While I appreciate the high standards of my patients, I’m quick to remind them that, like in other areas of plastic surgery, “best” is a relative term depending on each individual’s body and goals. The same goes for implant shapes.
If you’ve been researching breast implants, you probably already have a good idea of the numerous choices available to you, including implant shape. Both saline and silicone implants are available in round and anatomical shapes, and each one comes with its own set of pros and cons. The choice that’s right for you has a lot to do with your own personal preferences and anatomy.
Round implants are not actually perfectly spherical. Instead, they’re more disk-shaped, with an equal amount of volume around the entire circumference of the breast. Round implants create more “upper pole volume,” which refers to the amount of volume above the nipple. As you can imagine, round implants can create more cleavage and lend themselves to a more voluminous result.
Anatomical implants are so named because their shape mimics the curves of a natural breast. They are also sometimes referred to as “shaped” or “teardrop” implants. With more volume toward the bottom, their tapered appearance can result in a natural-looking, more discreet result that many patients enjoy.
During each consultation, I do my best to guide the patient through all of her options. We offer many different breast implant styles at our practice. I’m careful to evaluate each patient’s existing measurements to ensure that the implants she chooses look and function their best, complementing her curves instead of competing with them.