What Are the Different Shapes of Silicone Implants?

What are the different shapes of silicone implants? What is Natrelle, Texture, Mod, HP mean? Which shape would you recommend for someone who doesn't want sloped or swoop shaped breasts, but someone who does not want extremely fake fake round shape?

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What Are the Different Shapes of Silicone Breast Implants?

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There are 2 shapes : Round and Tear Drop ( anatomical)

2 surfaces: Textured and Smooth

Profile refers to the projection of the implant: 4 types Low,medium, high , extra high

Natrelle is the brand name of the implant manufactured by Allergan

Implant sizes and profiles

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Breast implants come in two basic shapes round and tear dropped then there is variation in the base width, volume and projection.

  1. Moderate = flat
  2. Moderate plus = slightly more fullness and projection
  3. High profile with more projection
  4. Ultra high profile with the most projection 
  5. The greater the profile the rounder the implant.  If you are trying to avoid the fake look avoid the rounder implants.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Different Shapes of Silicone Implants?

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Thank you for your question. These are options for you to discuss with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and not all use the anatomical shapes as they do have a risk of rotating if you are  too active. They can look great, but if you are going to be moving a lot, then it is not worth the risk, and you should just get the round ones. They can look great as well. We do a large variety of implants, but each has their benefits, and liability. I hope this helps.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Shape of implants does NOT determine shape of breasts.

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1)  Nice shape is determined by making implant pockets correctly, and by not going too big.  We only use round, smooth walled breast implants.  Textured "anatomical" implants have too many problems and don't give better shape.

2)  For most women, we use moderate PLUS profile implants.  Moderate profile (really low profile) should not be used because they are under filled and cause rippling.  For women with narrow breasts, we use high profile.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

What Are the Different Shapes of Silicone Implants?

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Dear Anna,

Thank you for your post.  There are many types of implants.  In general, thought, there are round implants, and anatomical or tear drop shaped implants.  However, within the anatomical shaped implants there are many different types, i.e. some that are taller than they are wide, some that are wider than they are tall, and some that are equal height and width, but tear drop shaped on profile.  Shaped implants are always textured to avoid rotation, round implants can be textured or smooth, because it does not matter if they rotate.  In general, you should have a long discussion with a surgeon you trust about this issue and different body types deserve different type of implants.  Anyone who tells you its a one size fits all philosiphy, isn't giving you the whole story.

Best wishes,

Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

What Are the Different Shapes of Silicone Implants?

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There are currently a wider variety of types and shapes of silicone implants than existed previously. They vary in: outer surface texture, dimensions of width and height, projection, silicone gel densities, as well as volume. The fact that there are more options is confusing to most patients, but beneficial in helping to achieve an optimal cosmetic result for each patient's particular anatomy.


I would suggest that you find a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) that you  trust and are comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns at a consultation with that surgeon  in person.  


Robert Singer, MD  FACS

La Jolla, California





Robert Singer, MD
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Silicone Breast Implant Shapes

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The shapes are round and anatomic, most patients do best with a round implant, even when they want a lot of fullness at the top.  The profiles have to do with the width and the projection of the implant.  This selection is based on the patient's chest measurements and how full they want to be.  

Elizabeth R. Blakemore, MD
Greenville Plastic Surgeon

Shapes of implants

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Implants come in two shapes - round and "shaped" (aka anatomic or teardrop). In addition both of these implants come in different amounts of dimension and projection. The dimensions describe the diameter in round implants and the height/width of the shaped implants. A final measurement is the projection, or the amount of forward fullness the implant has. Matching the woman's physical dimensions and their goals to the dimensions of the implant is part of the planning for the surgery. Your surgeon should be able to go over this in much more detail. good luck.

Silicone breast implants

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There are so many different shapes and volumes of implants today which give patients many options. All this can be discussed in the office during consultation to choose the best one for you.  Good luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

What Are the Different Shapes of Silicone Implants?

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Silicone breast implants come in a wide variety. There are different gel densities, manufacturers, texture characteristics, shapes and profiles. To determine what might best suit y9our goals you would need a consultation and examination.

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.