Hi! I am Dr Michael Szalay and today I am going to talk about polyurethane teardrop implants.
Before talking about polyurethane teardrop implants, I would like to mention some situations when a teardrop implant can be helpful.
- The first situation I find teardrops very helpful is when patients have a tight fold (a short distance from their nipple to the fold where their breast joins their chest). In this situation, a round implant can sometimes be more likely to cause a “double bubble” appearance. This is when your old breast fold doesn’t blend in with the new fold made by your new implant.
To make this easy to understand, I have included an image from the internet. A good way to avoid this risk is to use a teardrop which is wider than it is tall, so it is shaped to fit into the breasts of patients with tight folds.
- Another situation where this type of teardrop is very helpful is when there is a large distance between your nipples. If a round implant is used in this situation, it can result in a wide gap between your breasts. To Illustrate this, please see this image from the internet where a round implant was used in a patient with a large distance between her nipples and this has resulted in a wide gap between her breasts.
A wide teardrop implant reduces the gap between the breasts in these types of patients, improving the cleavage.
- When you are very lightly built with minimal breast tissue (“a blank canvas”), using a teardrop implant can provide a more natural look and avoid the appearance of the implant being “stuck on” Please see the image of a patient at my practice with whom I used a polyurethane teardrop implant, 470cc.
- A number of patients simply prefer the shape of teardrop implants over round implants.
What is the Advantage of Polyurethane Teardrop Implants?
In addition to reducing the risk of capsular contracture and bottoming out, polyurethane teardrops don’t rotate. Rotation is when a teardrop implant spins on itself so that the breast looks abnormal. Please see the image of a rotated non-polyurethane teardrop implant that was on the internet.
Non polyurethane teardrop implants can rotate in up to 10% of patients. The reason that polyurethane teardrops don’t rotate is that their polyurethane coating binds to your tissue, holding it in place.
Polytech provide a 10 year warranty against rotation of foam teardrops.The manufacturers of standard smooth and textured implants do not offer this warranty.
Results can vary among individuals. Any procedure has risks and it is wise to seek a second opinion. For more information visit www.precisioncosmetic.com.au