What’s the Difference Between a Smooth and a Textured Breast Implant?

February 16th, 2017 / Back to Blog »

Breast Implants KnoxvilleOne of the biggest decisions that our patients have to make when it comes to their breast augmentation is the type of breast implants they will choose. Knoxville women usually come prepared to their consultations with the size of implant they want and the type (silicone or saline). However, there is one major consideration that many women may not realize and that’s the difference between textured and smooth implants. In this blog post, we wanted to explore why textured versus smooth implants is such a big decision. Contact us today at 865-973-9500 if you’re ready to move forward with a consultation with Dr. Hall or if you have any questions about our practice.

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Textured and Smooth Breast Augmentation Implants

Knoxville patients have lots of different choices when it comes to the size and shape of their breast implants. But as far as the outside texture is concerned, there are only two: textured and smooth. Here is some quick history on why there are two different textures.

Why Are There Two Types of Implant Textures?

One of the most common reasons patients need to need a  revision breast augmentation surgery is for something called “capsular contracture.” After the implant is placed, the body forms a soft, protective capsule of scar tissue around it. But sometimes, this capsule can contract and squeeze the implant, which can deform the breast shape and cause pain.

While smooth implants do not “stick” to the scar tissue capsule, the textured implants do. When textured implants were developed in the 1980s, it was generally accepted that textured implants reduced the instances of capsular contracture because they adhered to the tissues in the breast. However, while some medical studies have supported this, other studies have not.

Textured Breast Augmentation Implants

Knoxville women that get textured implants will often notice that the implants feel slightly firmer. This is because textured implants have a thicker outer shell. Also, because textured implants “stick” to the body’s tissues, they will not move around as much. From the outside, textured implants should not look any different than smooth, and they won’t feel any different as well–especially if they are placed under the muscle.

Smooth Breast Augmentation Implants

Knoxville patients most commonly choose smooth implants. Both silicone and saline implants can be smooth–including the so-called “gummy bear” implants (cohesive gel). Additionally, smooth implants tend to have a less likely chance of causing “rippling” at the edges.

If you’re ready to get the breasts you’ve always wanted, or if you’re ready to get your pre-pregnancy breasts back after childbearing, contact Dr. Hall today. We always love hearing from our new patients, and we can’t wait to hear from you!