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Round vs. Anatomical
Breast implants come in two general shapes: round and anatomical. For prospective patients, there are benefits and drawbacks of each shape of implant that you may wish to discuss in detail with your breast augmentation surgeon prior to determining what type of implant in right you.
Round breast implants are shaped as their name suggests. Round implants are able to shift and move while in position without distorting the shape of the breast. Round implants are generally less expensive than the anatomical implants. Available in both smooth and textured styles, round implants are a good option for many reasons.
Some people claim that round implants produce a less-natural looking result than anatomical implants. This is because anatomical implants were designed to more closely resemble the shape of a natural breast. Critics of this claim state that round implants take the natural shape of the breast when held vertically into position in the body. Some x-ray studies have been conducted to prove this point.
Anatomical implants, also known as contour implants, were originally developed for reconstructive breast surgery patients. Anatomical implants have also become very popular for cosmetic breast augmentation surgery. The tear-shaped, or bottom heavy, design of the anatomical implant was designed to create a more natural look.
Anatomical implants must be placed precisely into their pocket by an experienced surgeon to prevent the risk of malpositioning or other complications. Due to the shape of anatomical implants, it is very important they are positioned appropriately in the body. The shifting or flipping of anatomical implants is much more likely to distort the shape of the breast. To mitigate this risk, manufacturers of anatomical implants have made them with textured surfaces only. Textured implants will adhere to the capsule where they are placed to reduce the risk of movement.