Breast augmentation procedures are more popular than ever, as evidenced by the recent plastic surgery statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. But while augmentation procedures are still extremely common, the desired results of a breast augmentation have changed quite a bit in recent years. I have personally noticed that some of my patients today seem to prefer smaller, more natural-looking breasts. This trend has led to an increase in breast implant removal procedures, as well as a leap in the demand for more modest breast implants.
One of the more breakthrough innovations helping women achieve the figure they desire has been the introduction of shaped implants. Teardrop-shaped, (or “gummy bear”) implants are able to provide a level of subtle naturalism that was more difficult to achieve with traditional round breast implants. The teardrop shape, which is thicker at the bottom and tapers off towards the top, is able to more accurately recreate the natural shape of a female breast. Shaped implants are available in both silicone and saline versions, depending on an individual patient’s preference, as well as a more cohesive silicone gel which is firmer than silicone-based round implants. Like round implants, shaped breast implants can also provide an additional alternative for breast reconstruction patients following a mastectomy.
For women trying to decide between shaped implants and round ones, it’s merely a matter of their personal aesthetic choice. There isn’t a right or wrong choice, as both types of implants have their own pros and cons. Shaped implants are typically held more steadily in-place in the breast pocket, allowing them to better hold their position within the breast cavity. Additionally, shaped implants are generally firmer to the touch. Complications for shaped implants are no more common or severe than they are for round ones.
I take great pride in not only performing cosmetic and reconstructive procedures that can offer outstanding, long-lasting results, but also providing my patients with a variety of options to help them find the surgical path that best fits their personal needs. Before they choose a breast implant, I meet with all my patients to discuss their goals, as well all potential risks so we can determine which procedure option makes the most sense for them together. To learn more or to schedule your plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for additional tips, news, and practice updates.