Anatomical breast implants are shaped, or "contoured" instead of round. They were initially used for breast reconstruction purposes, but eventually became popular with women having elective breast augmentation surgery.
What are some other names for anatomical breast implants?
Anatomical implants are also called teardrop breast implants, contoured breast implants, and shaped breast implants.
Why do all anatomical breast implants have textured shells?
Anatomical breast implants have a textured shells because they need to adhere to the tissue in the pocket the surgeon creates for each implant. Adherence is necessary so that the implant doesn't "flip" in the pocket. When an anatomical breast implant flips, the lower portion (the part with the most projection) can actually wind up at the top of the breast. This makes the breast look deformed.