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Are Smooth or Textured Breast Implants Right for You?

Once you’ve decided to get breast implants, there are a number of different options to choose from. One such decision is whether smooth or textured implants are the best fit for you.

Here are some of the key differences between them to help you make an informed decision.

Smooth vs. Textured Breast Implants

Both silicone and saline breast implants can be either smooth or textured. These terms refer to the outer silicone shell of either type of implant. In smooth breast implants, this shell is smooth and slippery. Conversely, textured implants have a rough outer surface, similar to the texture of sandpaper.

Because of this sandpaper-like surface, textured breast implants stay in place much more so than smooth implants, which can freely move within the tissue capsule that forms around them. Some studies suggest that because textured implants attach to this capsule, they may help to lower the risk of capsular contracture

Capsular contracture occurs when the tissue capsule surrounding your breast implants tightens and hardens.

However, other studies have not found conclusive evidence that smooth or textured implants have an effect on the incidence of capsular contracture.

How to Choose the Right Implant Type

The right implant type for you will depend on your unique body shape as well as your goals for your final results. For example, thin, petite women may do better with smooth implants because textured implants can be more visible. But textured implants tend to feel firmer, so if this is one of your goals, this implant type might be the most suitable.

During your consultation, you can discuss your various breast augmentation options with your cosmetic surgeon and work together to make the best choices for you.