Breast augmentation can help women feel more comfortable and confident with their bodies and, especially when used as reconstructive surgery, can help a woman regain her sense of self and femininity. There are many things to consider when deciding to undergo breast augmentation. You can discuss your desired results with Gainesville plastic surgeon John Tyrone to help ensure you’re happy with the finished breast augmentation. Some things you will want to discuss may include incision type, scarring, and implant type, size, and shape. In this overview we will focus on size and shape.
Breast Implant Size
Breast implants come in many sizes and are measured in cubic centimeters, or CCs. As implant size increases the volume of the breast will also increase, leading to a higher CC number. Breast implant sizes do not correspond to bra cup sizes, making it of utmost importance to discuss your desired size with your surgeon. Some factors that are taken into account when choosing a breast implant size include the size and proportions of the patient’s frame, as well as the amount of natural breast tissue. There must be enough tissue to accommodate the desired breast implant size. When choosing a breast implant size, it is also important to consider breast implant shape.
Breast Implant Shapes
Breast implants come in two shapes, round and teardrop. Each shape offers it’s own pros and cons. Here are some things to consider when deciding between round or teardrop shaped breast implants.
Round Implants: Round implants are the most commonly used implant shape. Though they are round, they are not round like a ball but rather are round with a flattened side. Round implants are a popular choice as they are less expensive than teardrop implants and create a fuller looking breast with more cleavage. Round breast implants come in four projections, ranging from low to high. Implant projection refers to how much the implant projects from the chest. The projection of the implant should be chosen based on the patient’s body frame and aesthetic goals.
Teardrop Implants: Teardrop shaped breasts look like teardrops, fuller at the base and tapering off at the top. Teardrop shaped implants look more natural, as they were designed to take the shape of a woman’s natural breast. Because teardrop implants taper at the top and are fuller at the bottom, a higher projection can be obtained with minimal increase to volume. This means a smaller implant can be used to obtain a fuller look. Teardrop implants are more expensive than round implants but they may yield more natural looking results.
Find Out More about Breast Augmentation
There are many things to consider when thinking about breast augmentation, but you don’t have to figure it out on your own. To find out more about breast augmentation or to discuss your treatment options, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tyrone. We look forward to hearing from you soon!