Breast augmentations are one of the most popular plastic surgeries performed in the world. Whether you are dissatisfied with the shape of your breasts or wish they were bigger, fuller, or more proportioned with your body. There are various breast implant shapes, sizes, and profiles that you can consider to help you achieve your desired results. 

In this article, we’ll explore several different types of implant shapes so you can find the best fit for you. Here’s everything you need to know.

What are the different shapes of breast implants?

The first aspect to consider is the breast implant shape. There are two main breast augmentation implant shapes: Round and Teardrop. Both shapes have their advantages and drawbacks, so it’s best to take some time to compare the pros and cons to find a breast implant shape that complements your desired appearance.

Here’s how round vs. teardrop compare:

Round

Round breast implants are consistent and symmetrical. They have a fuller appearance on the top and bottom of the breast and provide the most dramatic results. 

While these implants aren’t as natural-looking as teardrop breast implants, there are advantages to choosing this breast implant shape. For starters, they are less likely to rotate after implantation and are easier to place during surgery. If you are unhappy with the placement or the size of the implants, a plastic surgeon can easily adjust to help you achieve your desired look. These implants are also a more cost-effective alternative than teardrop implants. 

Teardrop

Teardrop-shaped implants are fuller on the bottom and have less volume on the top. They also have a more natural-looking appearance that has a similar look and feel to natural breasts. 

These breast implants come in various sizes and can be tailored to complement your body proportions. Teardrop-shaped implants are ideal for individuals who desire a subtle, natural-looking enhancement. They are also commonly used for breast reconstruction surgeries. These implants are typically more expensive than round implants but are ideal for women who want natural-looking results. 

Before deciding which breast implant shape is right for you, consider scheduling a consultation with a board-certified surgeon to discuss the advantages and drawbacks of the different implant shapes. They’ll provide expert recommendations based on your body shape and goals.

What is the best breast implant shape for me?

When exploring the different breast implant shapes, it’s important to consider your budget and cosmetic goals. If you have a bigger budget and want something more natural-looking, teardrop might be the best implant shape. If you want more dramatic results, round implants may be more suitable.

Scheduling a consultation with your plastic surgeon to discuss the different implant shapes and sizes. They’ll provide expert recommendations based on your body type, proportions, and aesthetic goals. 

What are the types of breast implants?

Once you decide on a breast implant shape, you’ll need to then decide what type of breast implants you want. You have the option to choose between saline and silicone gel implants. Both options are great choices to consider. If you’re unsure which option is best for you, a plastic surgeon will discuss your options in-depth during a consultation.

Saline implants

Saline implants are made with a saltwater solution and are inserted in the chest with a few small incisions. Once the implants are situated in the body, they are filled with the saltwater solution. Saline implants offer a rounder appearance and are typically used for round-shaped implants. They also tend to be firmer than silicone implants. While some prefer a firmer appearance, others believe they don’t look as natural or contoured to the body. 

Even though saline implants feel less natural than silicone implants, many believe they are considered a safer alternative. If one of the implants ruptures, the saltwater solution is absorbed into the body. They are also less invasive to remove.

Silicone implants

Silicone gel implants are made with silicone and are commonly referred to as gummy bear implants. The material offers a more natural look and feel than saline. They also have a squishier texture that mimics the feel of natural breasts. 

These implants typically last longer than saline implants. They’re also less susceptible to rippling, wrinkling, and deflating. However, they tend to be more expensive than saline implants. You also run the risk of a silent rupture. Silent rupture is when the implant ruptures without you noticing. If this goes unnoticed, it could require surgery. 

Both silicone and saline implants are designed to last 10-20 years. They are made with durable materials and can provide long-lasting results that complement your body shape and lifestyle.

What are the differences between each breast implant profile?

The breast implant profile is how much an implant projects forward. Different profiles complement different body proportions and frames. It’s best to discuss the different profiles with your plastic surgeon to find a level of projection that complements your body type. Since the breast implant profile that a surgeon recommends will depend on your unique anatomy. The three most common profiles include:

  • Low profile implants: Breast implants with a low profile are flatter. The minimal projection from the chest is best suited for individuals with a wide chest.
  • Moderate profile implants: Moderate profile implants have slightly more projection than low profile. These implants provide the most natural-looking results and complement women with smaller or narrower chests. This is the ideal profile for most body types.
  • High profile implants: High-profile implants offer fuller and rounder results. While these implants don’t look the most natural, they are ideal for women with narrow chests who want fullness and significant projection. 

How to select the best breast implant shape, type, and profile?

When looking into the different breast augmentation implant shapes, types, and profiles, there are a few factors you’ll need to consider to ensure you find the perfect match. This includes:

  • Body proportions: You’ll want to consider your body frame, shape, and proportions. If you go too big with the implants or the profile, it can lead to a disproportionate silhouette.
  • Desired breast size and shape: Consider your aesthetic goals and the desired breast size you want. Are you looking for something subtle or more dramatic? Or do you want something that looks and feels more natural? 
  • Lifestyle and activities: You’ll want to find a breast implant size that complements your lifestyle and the activities you participate in regularly. If you live a more active lifestyle a plastic surgeon may recommend a gummy bear implant. These implants are less likely to rupture and will maintain their shape. 
  • Surgeon’s recommendation: Always consider the surgeon’s recommendation. They will help guide you toward a choice that compliments your appearance, silhouette, and lifestyle. During your consultation, they’ll evaluate your current appearance and discuss your aesthetic goals with you to find the best option for you.

Book a consultation today with Dr. Eric Egozi

Dr. Eric Egozi is a board-certified surgeon in Clearwater, Flordia that offers custom treatment plans for breast augmentations. His attention to detail and professionalism is what sets him apart from other surgeons in the area. He’s here to help you find the perfect breast implant shapes, types, and profiles that complement your body proportions and help you achieve your desired aesthetic goals. From the consultation to the surgery, he’s here to help you achieve natural-looking results that you can feel good about. 

Book a consultation today to get started.

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