Breast augmentation is not what it used to be. Ideals have changed and today’s patients prefer breasts that look full but natural. Basically, we’ve stepped away from Pamela Anderson-type breasts and moved to subtle enhancements.
If you’re considering a boob job and would prefer a subtle enhancement, teardrop implants might be the ideal choice for you.
Prior to any kind of breast surgery, it’s important to first discuss your goals with your surgeon. A surgeon can provide you with a personalized, professional opinion that fits in with your specific requirements.
A reputable surgeon also won’t force you to choose a specific option, but rather tell you what would look best based on your unique body shape.
Why Teardrop Implants are the Preferred Choice
Here are some of the reasons why the teardrop shape has increased in popularity.
- It Creates a More Natural Shape
Also known as anatomical implants, a teardrop shape resembles the natural shape of the breast most closely. As the name suggests, these implants form a teardrop shape, which creates a tapered upper pole that gently slopes downwards. The lower pole is where the majority of the fullness is.
This particular shape requires a different technical skill set, which is why not all surgeons work with teardrop implants. These breast augmentation procedure details & image gallery will give you a better idea of what you can expect.
- They’re an Ideal Choice for Wide Set Breasts
Women with wide set breasts are able to achieve better results with teardrop implants. Basically, the unique shape helps balance a wider frame because it has a wider diameter. When these implants are inserted, the breast tissue is centralised, which decreases the cleavage gap.
- They Create More Side Boob
The side boob trend is still prominent and if this is something you’ve always wanted; teardrop implants can create this effect. The reason why this is possible is because of the implant’s wider base. Along with creating a closer cleavage, you also get additional side boob.
- They’re Ideal for Petite Body Types
Women with petite body types generally have less natural breast tissue, Teardrop implants help reduce the appearance of thin breast tissue, while also creating a more proportional body shape.
- The Risk of Capsular Contracture is Less
Teardrop implants contain highly cohesive silicone gel, which is firmer than traditional silicone gel. This specific type of gel helps maintain a natural firmness, while also reducing the risk of rupture and capsular contracture. Teardrop implants are coated in a micro texture, which is what reduces these risks and maintains the breast shape over the long term.
- Mild Breast Ptosis Can Be Eliminated
It’s possible for teardrop implants to reduce the appearance of breast ptosis due to the projection. Unfortunately, severe breast sagging requires a lift as well as implants to reduce droopiness and restore a more youthful appearance.
- Tuberous Breasts Can Be Corrected
When breasts are constricted at the base during development, it creates a tuberous appearance and reduces the distance between the fold and nipple. Basically, the breast takes on a cone-like appearance. To correct tuberous breasts using an implant, surgeons tend to score the breast tissue, which creates more projection in the lower pole. The knock-on effect is that the nipple and breast tissue is more centralised.
Teardrop Implants – A Brief Look at the Cons
One of the most notable downsides of inserting teardrop implants is that they’re more prone to rotation. Malposition occurs when the scar tissue no longer holds the implant in place, which requires a revision procedure.
On the off chance that the implant ruptures, it will go undetected for a prolonged period of time. This is because the cohesive gel retains its shape even after the implant ruptures. On the plus side, the silicone won’t leak into the surrounding tissue. It’s important to undergo regular check-ups to ensure rupture is detected sooner rather than later.
Another potential downside of this implant shape is that it can appear slightly distorted when lying down – this is most common in petite women though. Wrinkling and rippling are also not unheard of but are rare.
Lastly, patients should be prepared for the fact that teardrop implants tend to be more expensive. However, if a slightly higher cost means achieving results that fit in with what you envisioned, the cost is well worth it.
Next Steps in Surgery
If you feel that teardrop implants would be a good fit for you, make sure that the surgeon you consult with has experience with them. Ask to see before and after photos of patients who have received teardrop implants specifically. This will show you what you can expect and help you decide whether a particular surgeon can assist you in the way that you’re hoping.
It’s always best practice to consider round and saline implants too before you make a final decision.