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How Are Breast Implant Shapes Chosen for Breast Augmentation Surgery?

By: Dr. Brian Hwang


When it comes to breast augmentation surgery, the final result relies heavily on the shape of the implant chosen. From size and shape to the patient's personal preferences, there are a variety of considerations when it comes to selecting the right breast implant shape.

At Brian Hwang, MD, Plastic Surgery in West Hills, CA, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Brian Hwang specializes in breast augmentation surgery and has years of experience helping patients choose the right implants.

Keep reading to learn how Dr. Hwang can help you choose the best implant shape possible for your aesthetic needs.

What types of breast implants are there?

With so many different breast implants to choose from for breast augmentation, it can be overwhelming to decide which one may be right for you.

The first step in choosing the right breast implant shape is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian Hwang. He will take into account your specific body type, natural breast size, and your skin's elasticity before recommending the implant shape that best suits your needs.

But the first decision you'll make actually involves the type of implants you'd like to use. There are two main types of breast implants available for breast augmentation: saline and silicone.

Saline implants contain a sterile saline solution and require a smaller surgical incision.

However, saline implants can sometimes appear less natural than silicone implants. They may also move around inside the breast pocket, causing a rippling or wrinkling that some clients want to avoid.

Silicone implants, on the other hand, are filled with silicone gel and typically require larger incisions.

Silicone implants can often offer patients a more natural contour and a shape that may be better suited to a wider variety of breast types and densities.

Deciding on the shape and size of breast implants

Implants come in two basic shapes: round and teardrop.

Round implants have a more uniform shape and can help produce a fuller look, making your breasts appear larger than they would with the teardrop shape.

Teardrop implants are shaped like a natural breast. They taper off gradually and give the breast a slightly angled profile. These may be better for women who are unhappy with sagging or asymmetrical breasts.

There is no one-size (or shape)-fits-all solution for breast implants. Dr. Hwang will discuss sizing recommendations with you based on your aesthetic goals and body type and ensure you're comfortable and knowledgeable about your choice.

However, it is important to note that larger implants can lead to greater risks and more potential complications. If you are considering larger implants, make sure to discuss these possibilities with Dr. Hwang so you can be fully informed.

Finally, the implant profile should also be considered, as this plays a significant role in how your breast augmentation will look. Low-profile implants provide a more contoured look, whereas high-profile implants give you a more pronounced curve to your breasts.

Get breast augmentation in West Hills, CA

The details of your implants will be based on several factors, including the desired size and shape of your breasts, the amount of breast tissue you have available, and your overall medical history.

If you're ready to start your breast augmentation journey and learn which implants are right for you, schedule an appointment at Brian Hwang, MD, Plastic Surgery in West Hills, CA today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.