Are Anatomically Shaped Breast Implants Better?
By: Douglas Leppink, MD
A recent article in the Plastic and Reconstruction Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons looked at the question of whether there was a visible difference between anatomic shaped silicone implants and smooth round implants. 30 patients underwent bilateral submuscular (which means placement under the muscle) breast augmentation with half of the women choosing cohesive anatomic implants and half choosing cohesive round implants. The implants were of moderate size and used for cosmetic breast enhancement.* Their post-op photos were reviewed by plastic surgeons without knowledge of their implant types, and the surgeons could not determine whether anatomic implants or round implants were used. While there may be specific indications for anatomic-shaped implants (ie. subglandular – on top of the muscle- implant placement or reconstruction) the difference in final appearance in most breast augmentation cases is not different. Please discuss your breast appearance concerns with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons at the Centre for Plastic Surgery in Grand Rapids, Michigan!