The Shape of your Breast Implants
Round vs. Anatomical (Teardrop/Shaped/Contoured)
When choosing the best breast implant shape for you may seem like a very complicated choice due to the many styles and lineups different manufactures have. The truth is that there is really only two choices you are need to make.
The first choice is the shape of your implant and the second choice is the profile. Round or anatomical are the two shapes currently available for breast implants. The profile has to do with the distance of the breast implant comes off the chest wall.
Breast Implant Shape
Round and Anatomical, which is also referred to as teardrop, contoured or shaped implants, are the two main choices for the shape of your implant. Anatomical implants are designed to mimic the slope of the natural breast.
The round implant when you are not lying down, naturally takes on the same shape with more weight in the lower part of your breast. Women and certain plastic surgeons feel that the teardrop (anatomical) implant reflects a more natural breast. However round implants when positioned under the muscle may have a more natural appearance than shaped/contoured implants which can look elongated in appearance for some women.
Teardrop implants tend to stay in the same place and remain stationary. Round implants on the other hand, will settle back evenly when a woman lies down, much like normal breasts. When the woman then stands up the saline or silicon goes to the bottom of the implants due to gravity and they conform to a more natural teardrop shape. Tear drop implants will maintain their shape when lying down, which may appear unnatural in some women.
Breast Implant Profiles
The second choice you need to make is about the profile of your implant. Usually there are three choices, high, moderate or low profile implants. These terms refer to the distance from the chest wall the implant sticks out. A low profile projects out the least and a high profile projects out the farthest with the moderate profile obviously in the middle.