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DOES BREAST SIZE AND SHAPE REALLY MATTER?

Posted On: March 09, 2009 Author: Dr. Stuart Linder Posted In: Breast Asymmetry, Breast Augmentation, Breast Implants, Breast topics, Plastic Surgery

Most people are aware that breast implants come in many different sizes. What you may not know, is that they also come in a variety of shapes.

For example; there are anatomical (tear drop) shaped implants, there are round implants, which come in high and moderate-profile and are available smooth or textured, and then there are reconstructive implants, which have a much broader base (increased widths).

I prefer to use round implants for my patients choosing to undergo elective, cosmetic breast augmentation. Shaped implants can rotate, which can lead to a deformed appearance of the breast. If this occurs, it can only be corrected by the patient undergoing an additional surgical procedure.

In the debate between high-profile vs. moderate-profile saline implants: Which shape you choose will greatly impact your result. I prefer high profile McGhan/Mentor saline implants because the results give a greater projection (anterior-posterior) with a narrower diameter. This gives the patient a fuller breast with a tapered, less matronly appearance. In my practice, I have found throughout the years that the majority of women desire this fuller, more natural appearance and that they like the cleavage that the high-profile implants give them. Moderate profile implants do not provide the same effect.

Which implant you choose depends on the look that you want to achieve. You and your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon should go over all of your options and pick the one that works best for you.

Just remember, when you ask yourself the very important question,

Does Shape Matter?

The answer is most definitely a resounding Yes!