Difference Between Smooth and Textured Breast Implant Surfaces

Are you ready to transform your body? While breast augmentation is an exciting change, there are a lot of decisions to made. Before you have a breast augmentation, you’ll need to decide on a breast implant incision location, breast implant size, breast implant placement, breast implant shape, and breast implant surface.

Why It’s Important to Understand Breast Implant Surfaces and Other Options

When you come to the Sydney Institute of Plastic Surgery for a breast augmentation consultation, Dr Turner will review your unique case and recommend a comprehensive treatment plan.

While his expertise will guide the process, your feedback is important every step of the way. It’s essential that you are familiar with every aspect of breast augmentation so that you can make an informed decision at each stage.

Having breast augmentation is a major choice and you don’t want to have any surprises after the fact. This is why Dr Turner encourages every woman to read up on the procedure and the available options.

What Are Breast Implants Made From?

You’ve probably heard about saline and silicone breast implants but did you know that both types of implants feature a silicone shell? This means that in addition to choosing between saline and silicone, you can also choose between smooth and textured breast implants.

Which Is Better: Smooth vs Textured Breast Implant Surfaces

Plastic surgery is all about customisation. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. You might see a model with gorgeous breasts but, of course, that doesn’t mean that her breasts will suit you. While you might not realise it at first glance, there are many different aspects to breast implants. Creating the right breast for you means finding exactly the right type and placement for your unique body type. This also means finding the right breast implant surface for your needs.

The Advantages & Disadvantages of Smooth Breast Implants

One great advantage of smooth breast implants is that they don’t need as large of an incision compared to textured breast implants. Additionally, they tend to feel softer and more like natural breasts. The smooth surface won’t adhere to the capsule that forms around the breast tissue. For you this means a reduced risk of rippling. The disadvantage of smooth breast implants is that they are only available in a round shape.

Textured breast implants feel like sandpaper. These implants were originally designed to adhere to the surrounding breast tissue and reduce the risk of capsular contraction. Modern studies haven shown, however, that the risks associated with capsular contraction are not improved with textured implants.

While capsular contraction is possible with both smooth and textured breast implant, textured breast implants are able to reduce the risk of breast implant rotation and hence why we use textured breast implants for implants with an anatomical or tear drop shape. The disadvantage to textured breast implants is that they are thicker and therefore a bit firmer to touch.

What are Polyurethane Breast Implants?

When you look at breast implants, you will see there is a breast implant option with a polyurethane coating applied to the smooth surface of a breast implant. This coating greatly reduces the risk of capsular contraction. One disadvantage to the coating, however, is that it makes your breasts feel harder and less natural. Because of this, polyurethane breast implants are only used in cases where women have had recurrent capsular contraction.

Ultimately, the best implants for you will depend on a wide range of issues. When you visit the Sydney Institute of Plastic Surgery for a breast augmentation consultation, Dr Turner will give you an in-depth exam then listen to your goals and concerns. After taking all factors into consideration, Dr Turner will recommend the best breast implants for you.

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