Anatomical Breast Implants
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What are anatomical breast implants?
Anatomical breast implants are shaped, or “contoured” instead of round. They were initially used for breast reconstruction purposes, but eventually became popular with women having elective breast augmentation surgery.
What are some other names for anatomical breast implants?
Anatomical implants are also called teardrop breast implants, contoured breast implants, and shaped breast implants.
Why do all anatomical breast implants have textured shells?
Anatomical breast implants have a textured shells because they need to adhere to the tissue in the pocket the surgeon creates for each implant. Adherence is necessary so that the implant doesn’t “flip” in the pocket. When an anatomical breast implant flips, the lower portion (the part with the most projection) can actually wind up at the top of the breast. This makes the breast look deformed.
What happens if my anatomical implants flips?
Surgery is required to reposition flipped anatomical implants
Do anatomical breast implants look more natural than round breast implants?
Not necessarily. Much depends on the surgeon, how the pocket is created, the profile of the implant, placement of the implant, and size. This is true for all breast implants, regardless of shape their shape.
X-rays have been taken of women with both round implants and anatomical breast implants. In an upright position, the saline or silicone filler shifts to the bottom of the implant due to gravity. When lying down, the silicone or saline spreads out, just like natural breast tissue would. However, anatomical implants can retain their teardrop shape even when in a horizontal position, which is not very natural.
Anatomical breast implants do not give as much upper roundness as round breast implants can give. (The word “can” is italicized because round implants doesn’t automatically mean that you get upper roundness.) However, if anatomical breast implants are placed too high on the chest wall, they can appear “stuck on”, which translates into implants too high on the chest, which means a very unnatural look. Because anatomicals adhere to your own tissue, the pocket must be dissected in an extremely precise manner.
Is the placement of anatomical breast implants more difficult than placement of round breast implants?
Absolutely. If you are set on getting anatomical breast implants, it is imperative that you find a surgeon that has used them a great deal.The pocket for the implant must be created in a very precise manner so that the implant isn’t at risk of flipping. If the pocket is too large, the implant is at a great risk of flipping. If this happens, surgery is required to fix it.
Will I need to massage my anatomical breast implants?
Usually not. With textured breast implants (whether round or shaped/anatomical), the objective is for the textured shell to adhere to your own tissues, thus “holding” the implant in place. Massaging disrupts this process.
Do anatomical breast implants cost more than round breast implants?
Yes, they can cost up to a few hundred dollars more than round implants.
What sort options are available when it comes to anatomical breast implants?
There is a plethora of anatomical breast implants available. They come in saline, silicone, and gummy bear silicone. Profiles range from low profile to moderate profile to high profile. You also have a selection of heights (length of the implant from top to bottom). If upper pole fullness is important to you, you may elect to go with a “full height” implant. On the other hand, if you don’t want a lot of upper pole fullness, you could go with a “low height” implant.
How are anatomical breast implants inserted?
Once your surgeon creates the pocket, he or she will insert the implant and rotate it to it’s proper position as shown in the video below.