When considering a breast augmentation, one of the first things to understand is that implants are not a one-size-fits all choice. It’s important to do your research on the type of implant that would best suit you and your body, and to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Wong, who can deliver the results you’re looking for. There are two primary types of implants, smooth and textured. Here’s a breakdown of the between the two that will help you as you research your options.
Smooth implants are the most common form used in the United States and is very flexible as far as its selection for a variety of body shapes and sizes. They are round in shape and tend not to shift since the circular shape serves as a natural resistor to help maintain positioning. As a result, there is little need for any texturing to hold the implants in place over a long period of time. They also have a softer, more natural feel than the textured version.
Typically shaped like a teardrop, textured implants come in a wide variety of cup sizes. They have a bit of a firmer feel than that of the smooth implant. The purpose of the texturing is to provide some security and stabilization for the implant to avoid shifting over time. The biggest difference between textured implants and smooth implants is the possibility of rotation after an extended period of time, however the textured variety may be necessary based on the patient’s body type.
As an alternative to a breast augmentation, a patient may also want to consider a fat transfer. This is the process of recycling unwanted fat commonly found in the belly or flanks by transferring it into the breast via injection to build desired volume.
If you have additional questions about breast implants or a fat transfer procedure, contact us at Honolulu Plastic Surgery. It’s important you choose and consult with an experience board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Wong who has a long track record of successful surgeries for our clients. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more advice and answers to plastic surgery-related questions.