Implants 101


Breast Basics

Welcome to Breast Implants 101!

First Up… Do I Need A Lift?

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Breast lifts are designed to restore shape and improve volume to the breast tissue. The type of lift is determine by the severity of sag or ‘ptosis’.

A breast lift can be performed with or without the use of implants –depending on your aesthetic goals. A lift can also be used to correct breast asymmetry.

At Inigo Cosmetic, we mainly perform three different types of breast lifts.

Implant Shape

Teardrop Anatomical Breast Implants

Teardrop implants follow a more similar contour similar to the natural breast: less volume at the top and more at the base. These shaped implants have the potential to rotate, causing problems that may require additional surgery to correct. They are most commonly used for breast reconstruction or male to female ‘top’ surgery.

Round Breast Implants

Round breast implants are the more popular choice for breast enhancement. Round implants are symmetrical and don’t cause problems if they rotate. Most implants that are described as round actually only have a round outline from the front view. They routinely have a flat back to fit against the chest wall and can have various degrees of forward projection. Round implants add volume both in the lower part of the breast and higher up on the chest. Keep in mind that gravity does affect the implant, and over time they will take on a somewhat teardrop appearance.

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Implant Texture

Smooth Breast Implants

This style of implant has a smooth outer surface that is shiny and slippery. They move freely in the capsule that forms around the implant. Smooth breast implants have a greater risk of capsular contracture (1 in 30).

Textured Breast Implants

Textured breast implants have a rougher, irregular surface, somewhat like soft, rubbery sandpaper. This texture helps them adhere to the surrounding body tissue to prevent them from moving. Using textured breast implants helps prevent capsular contracture. There are several different levels of texture, which will be discussed during your consultation.

Implant Placement

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Implants are inserted under the breast tissue and in front of the pectoral muscles.

Partial Submuscular

Implants are inserted under the breast tissue and partially under the pectoral muscles.


Implants are inserted directly under the pectoral muscle.

Incision Placement

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Inframammary Fold

This is the most common incision placement. It is usually around three to five centimetres long and placed close to the inframammary fold (crease of skin beneath the breast). This allows good access to correctly position the implant while placing the scar in an area that usually heals well and is not obvious.


The incision is made in the lower half of the areola, just inside the pigmented skin.

Endoscopic Transaxillary

The incision is placed in a skin fold in the armpit.

Implant Profile

Implants come in different profiles. The profile relates to the implant’s relative projection for a given diameter or base width; that is, how much the breast implant projects forward from the chest wall. Implants of the same size (measured in cc volume) with different widths will produce different levels of projection. Implants with a small base width will project out further compared with implants of the same volume but with a wider base width.

Generally speaking, the lower-profile implants tend to give a more natural look. Our surgeons will discuss with you the type of ‘look’ that you would like to achieve. Our surgeons will take chest measurements to decide on the width and height of the implant needed.

Implant Size

When deciding on implant size, remember to take into account your daily activities. Are you quite sporty? Do you enjoy running? Do you suffer from back issues? Based on your measurements, our surgeons will recommend a selection of implant sizes that will work with your figure. The final decision is entirely up to you.