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Which breast implant shape is best for you?

If you've decided on getting breast implants, one major factor to consider is their shape.

Is the popular round breast implant shape the best for your body? Or should you go for the more natural looking (but pricier) teardrop shaped implants? Perhaps you have heard friends or celebrities discussing the two shapes and are wondering which is best suited to your body and/or your lifestyle.

Different women will want different things. This is why it is essential to seek out a qualified plastic surgeon before making your final decision. Following are some things to keep in mind when considering which breast implant shape is best for you.

Your body type matters

The important thing is that the breast implants you choose conform to your own shape and size – nobody else's. Some women prefer a round shape, while others may want surgery to correct sagging with a more natural teardrop shape. Each type has a different appeal. And remember, what looks good on one woman may look quite different on you.

Implant placement and incision site

There are different types of placements for breast implants, as well as different placements for incision sites. This will depend on your own breast tissue, your body history (whether you will be nursing later, etc.) or where you prefer the surgery incision.

Round breast implants

These are the most common shape of breast implants. After surgery, the projection of the breast will appear spherical. Round breast implants also come in four different types. These range from low to high projection. None of these are better than the other, and personal preference should be taken into consideration.

Round breast implants give the appearance of more fullness at the top of the breast. If you want to correct sagging, and are going for a fuller look, round implants may be a good option. Typically round implants will cost less than teardrop shaped implants.

Teardrop breast implants

These breast implants have a more natural look, in that the bottom is fuller than the top of the breasts. As the name suggests, this gives the breasts a more tear-dropped shape.

Women who want their breast augmentation to look very natural often choose this type. The fullness of the breast is not lost; it is simply concentrated more in the bottom portion of the breast.

Consider your budget

Finally, when making your decision, take the cost of the implants themselves into consideration. Teardrop shaped implants often cost more, as they require a textured surface to avoid rotation and distortion.

Getting breast implants is a great investment in yourself. But it is not a decision that should be made lightly, or in a hurry. We recommend learning as much as you can about the specific shapes, surgery procedures, and types of implants on the market.

It's also a good idea to consult your friends or partner. Leave yourself open to other's opinions and suggestions. Especially if they have your best interests in mind.

Knowledge is power and arming yourself with as much research possible is a good thing. The next step is to schedule a personal consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you realize your dream.

Remember that plastic surgeons deal with patients every day. They will have a lot of insight for you. They will take your personal health history and body shape into consideration to help you make the best decision for your situation.

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


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