Silicone Breast Implants - Right vs. Left?

Is there a difference between a right sided silicone breast implant versus a left sided silicone breast implant? Is the form different for each side of the breast. I'm saying the way the implant is put in a womans body. Is there a right vs left?

Doctor Answers 15

Sided implants. No such thing.

Breast implants do not come in sided pairs. The differences in implants have to do with volume(size), profile(projection versus base dimension), smooth vs textured and round vs tear drop shaped.

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Implants do not have a left or right side

Breast implants are not made for a "right or left" breast. The different shapes are either round or tear-drop (anatomic).

David Bogue, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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It is not necessary to have a specific implant shape for the right and another for the left.

It is not necessary to have a specific implant shape for the right breast and another for the left. There are two basic implant shapes, round and tear drop(anatomical) and symmetrical results are achieved by using an identical pair of one or the other. However, if a patient has an asymmetry of her breast size then this might be corrected by inserting different size implants of the same shape.The larger implant is placed in the smaller breast and a smaller implant in the larger breast. Therefore, in augmenting asymmetrical breasts one might say that specific right and  left breast implant sizes are needed to balance the difference in breast size.

David A. Ross, MD (retired)
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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No difference

In contrast to shoes or gloves, there is no difference between breast implants used on each side of the body.

Alexander G. Nein, MD, MS, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Right vs Left

There is no difference.There are no left or right implants.They only vary in their size.We used to do tear drop now we have lo,moderate and high profile.

Robert Brueck, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implants

Nope...breast implants available in the US come in many shapes (anatomic vs round, smooth vs textured, high profile vs moderate plus profile vs moderate profile, gel vs saline vs both gel and saline). However, they do not come in left or right sided.

John Philip Connors III, MD, FACS
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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There is no designation for right or left implants.  If you think about it, you want two that are the same inserted.

David A. Lickstein, MD
Palm Beach Gardens Plastic Surgeon
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Right "sided" implants vs. Left "sided" implants

No there are no side specific implants.  Implants are designed with the thought that one side is a mirror image of the other so that there use is universal.

Dr. ES

Implant types

There is no specific right sided breat implant versus a left sidedd one.  They are the same in all instances unless you have a significant size discrepancy and want larger implants

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Left versus right breast implants

In general with a round implant there are no differences between right and left. With use of an anatomic (tear drop) implant the vertical axis needs to be properly maintained so as to avoid excessive tilt in the wrong direction.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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