In my last blog I discussed the differences in consistency between the form stable (aka Gummy Bear Implants) and the cohesive silicone gel breast implants. In this blog, I will discuss the differences in shape between the two types of silicone breast implants. Breast implants are available in two shapes: round and anatomical.
The Silimed form stable silicone breast implants that recently gained FDA approval are only available in the anatomical, or teardrop, shape. Some plastic surgeons feel that anatomical implants have a more natural shape than round breast implants because of their gradual slope on one end and increased fullness at the other.
At my plastic surgery practice in Denver, Colorado, I do not find this to be the case. Dr. Slenkovich prefers the round shaped breast implant. By placing the breast implant under the pectoral muscle (submuscular) I am able to maintain a natural, gradual slope to the augmented breast. Upper breast fullness becomes the patient’s personal preference and is achieved with a larger implant size.
There are also concerns about issues that can arise if the implant shifts inside the breast pocket. Because of the teardrop shape, a shifted implant will look distorted and unnatural. This drawback outweighs the perceived benefits, in my opinion.
Learn more about the differences between cohesive gel and form stable saline breast implants as I discuss safety considerations in the next blog in the series. Do you have questions about the difference between round and anatomical breast implants? Ask me below.