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Textured Implants vs Smooth Implants: Making the Right Choice for Breast Augmentation Surgery

When considering breast augmentation surgery, there are two key decisions to make regarding the implants: the filling material (saline vs silicone) and the outer shell texture (smooth vs textured). These choices can impact the look, feel, and safety of your implants, as well as the risk of complications such as capsular contracture.

Smooth implants have a soft silicone shell that is shiny and slippery, allowing them to move freely within the breast tissue. They provide a more natural feel and appearance, mimicking the texture of natural breasts. On the other hand, textured implants have a thicker, rougher shell that attaches to the breast tissue, preventing movement. They may be necessary for patients seeking a teardrop shape or to reduce the risk of capsular contracture.

Both types of implants are considered safe, but it’s important to note that textured implants have been associated with a rare form of cancer called Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL). The risk of ALCL is extremely low, but it’s still something to discuss with your plastic surgeon during the consultation.

During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will consider your medical history and discuss your aesthetic goals to help you make an informed decision. They will explain the potential risks and benefits associated with each type of implant, ensuring you understand the implications for your unique situation.

  • Smooth implants have a softer, more natural feel.
  • Textured implants may be necessary for specific aesthetic goals or to reduce the risk of capsular contracture.
  • Both types of implants are considered safe, but textured implants are associated with a rare form of cancer called ALCL.
  • Your plastic surgeon will guide you in making the right choice based on your medical history and aesthetic preferences.
  • Ensure you fully understand the potential risks and benefits before making a decision.

The Difference Between Smooth and Textured Implants

When considering breast augmentation surgery, one important decision you’ll need to make is whether to opt for smooth implants or textured implants. Understanding the differences between these two types of implant surfaces can help you make an informed choice that aligns with your aesthetic goals and reduces the risk of complications.

Implant Surface and Feel

Smooth implants have a soft, slick, and gummy feel to the touch. The outer shell is smooth, allowing the implant to move freely within the breast tissue. This creates a more natural appearance and feel. On the other hand, textured implants have an outer shell that feels like soft rubber sandpaper. The texture provides a rougher surface that encourages adhesion to the surrounding tissue, reducing mobility.

Mobility and Adhesion

Smooth implants have a higher degree of mobility within the breast tissue, allowing them to adjust naturally with your movements. They do not attach to the surrounding tissue, which can contribute to a more natural and soft appearance. Textured implants, however, are designed to adhere to the body’s tissue, reducing the risk of rotation or displacement. This feature is particularly beneficial for shaped implants or those placed in the sub-glandular pocket.

Risk of Capsular Contracture and BIA-ALCL

Capsular contracture is a common complication where scar tissue tightens around the implant, potentially leading to discomfort and distortion of the breast shape. Studies have shown that textured implants have a lower risk of capsular contracture compared to smooth implants. However, it’s important to note that textured implants have recently been associated with a rare type of T-cell lymphoma called Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). The risk of BIA-ALCL is estimated to be around 1 in 30,000 patients.

Comparison Smooth Implants Textured Implants
Surface Smooth Textured
Feel Soft, slick, gummy Soft rubber sandpaper
Mobility High degree of mobility Less mobility, adheres to tissue
Adhesion Does not attach to surrounding tissue Firmly adheres to surrounding tissue
Capsular Contracture Risk Slightly higher Slightly lower
Risk of BIA-ALCL Low Low, but slightly higher risk

Smooth implants provide a more natural feel and appearance with a higher degree of mobility. Textured implants offer increased adhesion and a lower risk of capsular contracture. However, it’s important to weigh the potential benefits against the risk of BIA-ALCL. Consult with your plastic surgeon to determine which option is best suited to your individual needs and desired surgical outcomes.

Choosing the Right Implant for You

When it comes to selecting the right breast implant for your augmentation surgery, there are several factors to consider. The first step is to schedule a thorough consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon. During this consultation, your surgeon will review your medical history and discuss your aesthetic goals in order to guide you towards the best implant choice.

Implant safety is of utmost importance, and your surgeon will provide you with all the necessary information regarding the risks and benefits associated with textured and smooth implants. While both options are considered safe, it is crucial to understand how each implant type may affect your surgical outcomes.

Your desired outcome and personal preferences will also play a significant role in the implant selection process. Smooth implants are often recommended for a more natural look and feel. On the other hand, textured implants may be preferred in certain cases, such as when opting for shaped implants or to minimize the risk of capsular contracture.

Additionally, it is essential to consider the implant warranty and the potential for surgical revisions in the future. Your plastic surgeon will explain these aspects to ensure you have a clear understanding of the long-term implications of your choice.

Breast Augmentation in Miami, FL

To initiate your Breast Augmentation journey in Miami, it’s essential to schedule a consultation with our team. If you’re interested in learning more about the procedure, call us now at (305) 406-9055 or conveniently schedule a consultation online. Our experienced professionals will guide you through the process and address any concerns you may have.

Medical review provided by:

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Dr. Marco Amarante

MD. Plastic Surgeon

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Medical review provided by:

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Dr. Marco Amarante

MD. Plastic Surgeon

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