Breast implants come in two shapes: round and anatomical (aka teardrop). While the round implant shape is self-explanatory, anatomical implants are in the shape of a teardrop, with more volume in the bottom than in the top portion. Both shapes come in a variety of sizes and projections (profile), with your choice of textured or smooth surface.
Round is the traditional breast implant shape and is the most commonly used.
The advantage of round breast implants is that if they rotate when in place, the shape of your breast will not distort and will remain natural-looking. However, it is important to note that rotation is not common, particularly when a textured shell is selected.
Another advantage is that round implants mimic the natural shape of the breast when standing and lying down. When you’re upright, the implant takes on a more teardrop shape and when you’re lying down, it flattens out a bit and gently moves to the outer perimeter of the breast (much like your own natural breast tissue).
Less common is the anatomical breast implant shape for breast augmentation. Originally designed for breast reconstruction surgery, it is now used in cosmetic breast surgery to complement the natural contour of the breast, particularly in patients who have less of their own breast tissue or would like to address minor to moderate sagging resulting from weight loss, pregnancy, and general aging. Anatomical implants are a bit firmer than round implants. They are fuller in the bottom portion, allowing the breast to take on a more natural shape while giving it a perkier appearance. In suitably selected patients, this makes breast lift surgery unnecessary.
A primary concern of anatomical breast implants is the risk of rotation. In the rare event this occurs, the shape of the breast will distort and surgery may be necessary to resolve the problem. However, Dr. Guirguis takes careful measures to minimize this risk by pre-measuring the implant pocket before your surgery begins, carefully marking the size on your breast. In a technique known as PrecisionDissection, the pocket is fully customized for the implant, so that it accurately fits all dimensions of the implant, including depth, width and height. The pocket is created to “fit like a glove”. Dr. Guirguis also anchors the pocket to the chest wall muscle so there is no chance of the implant falling or protruding through the base or side of the breast.
So which breast implant shape is the best one for you? Talk to Dr. Guirguis in your private breast augmentation consultation to find out. Call (705) 302-0142 to book your appointment.
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Dr. Emad M. Guirguis is recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons as a general surgeon, with additional recognition as a cosmetic surgeon. He is certified by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to perform cosmetic surgery, after completing a comprehensive cosmetic surgery certification process. Dr. Guirguis is also a member of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons. Dr. Guirguis currently has hospital privileges at Stevenson Memorial Hospital. Read more about Dr. Guirguis.