Breast implants are divided into 2 main groups, round and teardrop (anatomical). Teardrop implants more closely assume the shape of the breast and are fuller towards the nipple and bottom. These are preferred in cases where the is less breast tissue. These implants are manufactured in different widths, lengths and depths.
The structure of the patient’s breasts and rib cage, height, weight and body proportions are taken into account when determining the dimensions of the implant to be used to augment the breast. The patient and doctor together decide on the size and shape of the implant as long as the chosen implans do not exceed these physiological limits. During the operation, the plastic surgeon inserts a test implant to evaluate the appearance of the breast one last time. Occaisionally, the surgeon tries an implant that is a size larger or smaller than the planned implant’s size and uses the one that gives the best results.