Are there different shapes and sizes of breast implants?

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There are a number of different shapes and sizes of breast implant available, as different patients require different kinds of implant. The main two shapes are either round or teardrop (or ‘anatomical’) shapes – round ones are generally used for breast enlargement, and teardrop or anatomical ones for breast reconstruction surgery, though this is not always the case. Teardrop implants also tend to be more expensive than round ones, and because they are closer to the natural shape of breasts, they can look more natural when in place. However, this will always depend on the exact nature of your surgery, as round implants can look just as natural. Implants can also be either smooth or textured. The textured surface can help reduce the likelihood of capsular contracture, a complication that can occur when the scar tissue around the implant begins to contract and squeeze it. Various different sizes of implants are available, and the exact size and shape of implant you have will depend on your individual situation – how large your breasts are, how much larger you want them to be, and your body shape. The usual size of implant used in a simple breast enlargement will increase breasts by one or two cup sizes.

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