Choosing the best breast implant for you is critical to a successful breast augmentation. While many choices are available, a thoughtful and logical review of the options and your personal needs and breast characteristics will allow you to narrow down your decision easily. Esprit® Cosmetic Surgeons helps women in Portland find the right breast implants for their aesthetic goals.

There are a few considerations you should understand before choosing a breast implant for your augmentation procedure. But, as always, you don’t have to make this decision alone. When you see us for a consultation, Dr. Connall will review this information and help you become informed and confident in your choice of implants. To choose the right breast implant, you should know:

  • Should the implants be filled with saline, silicone gel, or cohesive silicone?
  • Should the implants be round or teardrop-shaped?
  • Should the implants have smooth or textured shells?
  • What size should the implants be?

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Smooth And Textured Breast Implants

Breast implant shells may have a smooth or textured surface. As a natural reaction to any device placed in the body, scar tissue will form around the breast implant surface, creating a soft tissue capsule. In some women, the capsule can tighten and squeeze the implant. This occurrence is called “capsular contracture”.

Textured Breast Implants

Textured breast implants were designed to reduce the chance of capsular contracture. Clinical information from studies of a large number of women with breast implants shows no difference in the likelihood of developing capsular contracture with textured breast implants compared to smooth-surfaced implants when the implants are placed in the subpectoral position.

Teardrop Implants Must Be Textured

All teardrop implants require a textured surface to prevent rotation of the implant within the breast. The textured surface creates friction with the surrounding tissue. This friction helps hold the implant in a fixed position. Keeping a teardrop implant in the correct orientation is necessary to maintain a normal breast appearance. If a teardrop implant rotates (for example, upside-down), then the breast will be misshaped. 

Smooth Breast Implants

We usually recommend smooth breast implants when round implants are used. Smooth implants are softer and feel more natural than textured breast implants. One is less likely to feel the edges of smooth implants, and smooth implants generally cause less visible implant rippling than textured implants. And, smooth implants move with the breasts better than textured implants. In addition, with some models of breast implants, the textured versions have a higher chance of failure (leakage) compared to the smooth versions. Saline and silicone-filled breast implants are both available in smooth and textured shells.


Breast Implant Safety

The results of the vast body of information on breast implants have led to the worldwide acceptance of silicone breast implants as an appropriate means to enhance and reconstruct the female breast. In addition, the validity of the safety data on breast implants has led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the use of saline-filled and silicone gel-filled implants for breast augmentation.

Breast implants are among the most extensively studied medical devices available to patients. Concerns about breast implants, breast cancer, and connective tissue diseases have been addressed in many publications and forums.

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Breast Implants And Breast Cancer

The Institute of Medicine reported in 2000: “Evidence clearly shows that silicone breast implants do not cause breast cancer or the recurrence of breast cancer. In fact, some studies suggest that women with breast implants have fewer new or recurring cancers.”

Breast Implants And Autoimmune Diseases

Also, in their 2000 report, the Institute of Medicine addressed concerns regarding breast implants and connective tissue diseases with the following statement: “There is no evidence that silicone breast implants contribute to an increase in autoimmune (connective tissue) diseases. A review of 17 separate studies of the occurrence of connective tissue disease in the population was remarkable for the consistent finding of no elevated risk and no indication of an association of implants with disease. Evidence suggests that such diseases are no more common in women with breast implants than in women without them.”

Breast Implant Safety Update

In 2011 the FDA published an update on the safety of silicone implants. They reviewed the most recent studies on implant safety. In addition, the recent data was compared to historical safety data. The evidence reaffirms prior studies; that silicone gel implants are safe devices for breast augmentation and reconstruction. 

Are Breast Implants Always Trouble-Free?

Though breast implants have not been shown to cause systemic disease, certain uncommon conditions can occur after the placement of breast implants. Some of those issues include firm scar tissue formation around the implant (capsular contracture), deformation of the breasts, calcium deposits in the tissue around the implant, nodule formation around an implant (silicone granuloma), pain, and changes in nipple sensation.

Though these complications are not the norm and can usually be successfully managed, we mention these concerns because breast implant placement – like any surgery – has its risks that patients should be aware of.

Women considering breast augmentation must recognize that breast implants add an increased level of complexity to the maintenance of the health and aesthetics of the breasts. And that once implants have been placed, additional implant-related surgery will likely be needed at some point in a woman’s lifetime.

Shape and Texture

There are two basic breast implant shapes: Round and Teardrop. Understanding the differences in these designs is central to your implant selection.

A key advantage to round implants is that a soft, smooth implant shell can be used. The smooth shell is generally less likely to be felt than a textured shell. And, the smooth shell tends to cause fewer implant ripples, thereby decreasing the chance of visible implant rippling through the skin.

The teardrop implant requires a textured shell, but since they are made in various shapes, a greater degree of control can be added to fit the implant shape and dimensions to a woman’s anatomy and desired breast shape. This control is especially useful in patients who wish to emphasize filling a certain breast area, such as the upper pole.


Breast implants are filled with either saline or silicone gel. Millions of women have had successful breast augmentations with saline and silicone breast implants. So, which breast implant is best for you? There is no universal answer to this question, and the decision must be customized to each woman’s unique characteristics and desires. We break down the issue into four key points: the actual aesthetic appearance achieved, the feel the breasts have after implantation, the implications of implant failure, and the impact of the implants on the maintenance of breast health.


Find out more about breast implant shape, texture and fill. Contact our in Portland office for more information on breast implants or to schedule a consultation. Call Esprit® Cosmetic Surgeons at (503) 783-0544 or use our online form today.