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Smooth vs. Textured Breast Implants: What’s the Difference?

Women who want to enhance their figure with breast implants have a number of options to consider for their breast augmentation.

Breast implants are also available in either smooth or textured styles, and based on your goals, one may be more preferable to you.

Smooth Breast Implants

As the name implies, smooth breast implants have an exterior silicone shell that is sleek and shiny the whole way around. This design allows the implant to move freely within the breast pocket without drag. Smooth breast implants are less likely to ripple, which describes when an implant can be seen through breast tissue.

Textured Breast Implants

A textured implant’s outer shell resembles sandpaper, and the slight roughness is meant to easily adhere to breast tissue and hold the implant in place. Why might it be a good idea to hold a breast implant in position? Unlike traditional round implants, anatomical implants, also known as “teardrop” or gummy bear implants, are shaped to mimic the natural sloping of the breast, and if they rotate within the chest pocket, the breasts can appear misshapen. There is also a slightly lower incidence of capsular contracture with textured breast implants.*

Choosing Your Implant Type

It’s more than just implant size that impacts your final breast augmentation results.

Your breast implant’s texture is tied to its shape. Women who are interested in a uniformly round implant will choose a smooth breast implant. If you’d like a form-stable, shaped implant, then you’ll go with a textured breast implant. A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon can help you determine which breast implant type is best-suited to your needs.

*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.

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