Newer teardrop-shaped implants are growing in popularity for breast augmentation surgery.
“A widespread idea is that the anatomically shaped implants give more natural results than the round implants,” said Dr. Carlos Rubi, IMED Hospital Department of Plastic Surgery in Spain.
However, Dr. Rubi and his team of researchers recently found that, in the group of patients studied, surgeons and nurses could not tell the difference between breasts augmented with round versus shaped implants.
For this study 30 plastic surgeons and plastic surgery nurses looked at pre and post operative pictures of 30 women. Fifteen of the women had breast augmentations with standard round implants, and fifteen with implants more anatomically shaped. All the augmentations used silicone implants with an average size of 300 cc, and were similarly placed.
Looking at each woman’s pre and post set of pictures, the nurses and surgeons were asked to assess whether her procedure used the round or shaped implants. With a near 50-50 chance of making a correct identification, their choices revealed a lack of agreement, plus individual nurses and surgeons often made different choices when viewing the same photos several weeks later.
Though the plastic surgeons did a slightly better job than nurses of selecting the implants used, this might be owed to a surgeons’ ability to deduce likely implant choices from pre-op photos.
The result of this research supports that of an earlier study comparing the two implants. Together, these studies call into question the preference for using shaped implants as they cost more, and the chance of implant rotation makes them riskier.
“The systematic use of anatomically shaped implants is not justified,” writes Rubi and colleagues. “Natural results are achieved with both types of implants.
Source: Science Daily
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