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F.2.A: - What is the difference between textured & smooth breast implants? What are the advantages & disadvantages of each?




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This article is from the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery FAQ, by mooncrow@lava.net (Robert Green) with numerous contributions by others.

F.2.A: - What is the difference between textured & smooth breast implants? What are the advantages & disadvantages of each?

Softness of the breast following augmentation, along with a
natural appearance, are primary concerns to both the surgeon and
the patient. The ideal result is one which is natural in all
respects.

Smooth implants are the softest implant immediately after
they are placed, but they require ongoing massage and
mobilizing by the patient to maintain this result. Additionally,
they may only be placed under muscle layer of the chest. In
nearly all patients, within a few years after the surgery,
the massaging becomes too inconvenient to continue, and as a
result, the breast will lose the softness that gives the most
natural result.

Textured implants are slightly more firm when initially
placed, however they require no special upkeep on the part of the
patient to maintain their softness. Additionally, they can
be placed either under or over the muscle layer (when appropriate
for some patients), which gives the surgeon more control to obtain
the best result for the patient. (see "How much can the breast be
enlarged?" for more information regarding placement under or
over the muscle layer). For this reason, the textured implants
are the preferred choice of many surgeons.



 

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