Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the United States. If you’ve decided to get breast implants, there are many decisions you’ll have to take into consideration. Among these are whether to get saline or silicone implants, as well as what size is really the right choice for your body type. Further, a decision you may not have anticipated having to make is whether to get textured or smooth breast implants.
About Smooth Breast Implants
Smooth breast implants, as their name implies, have a smooth surface and they can move freely inside the breast pocket. The shell of a smooth breast implant is generally thinner than that of a textured implant and for that reason, smooth implants may feel softer. Round-shaped implants are usually smooth, since they can rotate inside the breast pocket without causing your breasts to look any different from the outside. Smooth breast implants are also less costly in some cases, and may last longer than their textured counterparts.
Whether you get textured or smooth breast implants could depend on the shape and type of implant you choose.
On Textured Breast Implants
Textured implants have a rough surface which prevents them from moving around within the breast pocket. In fact, textured implants actually adhere to the tissue surrounding them, which keeps them secured in position. Teardrop-shaped breast implants are generally textured, as it is imperative this type of implant not rotate within the chest. While the discussion is ongoing in the scientific community, some believe that textured implants may decrease the risk of capsular contracture.
At your breast augmentation consultation, ask questions about textured and smooth breast implants to be sure you understand the advantages of each.