Transcript of this video where Dr Beldholm talks about different breast implant shapes and sizes
Really exciting thing is that there’s a whole range of different implants. I’ve worked with the Polytech implants for a very long time so I know pretty much all the sizes, all the different dimensions. That means that when I see you I can match it to your chest wall and give you the best possible result.
If you have a look at implants we got round and teardrop. The teardrop is also divided into three different kinds of teardrops. We have the oval shaped, which is the Opticon, and then you have the round shape, which is the normal teardrop.
Then you have to look at the height of the implant. You have low, moderate, high, and extra high implants. A lot of patients tell me that they think that the height relates to where it is on the chest wall but it’s not really. You have to match the implant to where your nipple is. If you put the implants too high up the nipple will point down, it doesn’t look normal. If you put it too far down then the nipple will point up. The height of the implant really relates to the actual, physical height of the implants that we use.
How do we match this? You match it to the width of the chest wall and how much projection you want. Let’s have a look at a couple of implants. We have round, which is a round-based implant. We have a teardrop, looks like that and it’s a round-based teardrop. Then we have the Opticon, this is a wider based teardrop. Then, we also have extra high, high, and moderate. There is a low implant, but you can see how flat this is, it’s very unusual that we would use the very low profile implants.
We choose between the width of the chest wall which is here, the diameter of the implant, and then the height. The bigger implant usually the more projection forward we want. You can see here this is quite a flat implant and if we use this in a very small lady then it’s going to be too wide and give very little projection so we go up to this one. As you go bigger, obviously you want the volume to be forward and you don’t want too much volume on the side, so that’s why we use an extra high.
There’s a specific reason why you would use a wider implant. With a wider implant like this one, this Opticon implant, you really want a good cleavage and also there’s quite a few ladies that have a very strong breast fold. Those are at risk of what’s called a double fold. With those ladies I tend to use the Opticon implant.
Really, you can see there’s really a huge range of different implants that we can use today. When you come and see me we’ll measure your chest wall, have a chat about what sort of result you want, and then we match that specific implant to your chest wall and what you want.*