Hi! I am Dr Michael Szalay and today I am going to talk about teardrop implants.
Women today are conscious about their breast appearance. Many are not happy with their natural breast shape or appearance, which has made breast augmentation a common cosmetic procedure for women wishing to improve the shape, size and contours of their breasts.
Teardrop implants, also known as anatomical breast implants, are designed to create gentle contours and the fullness of a natural breast and are therefore an ideal choice for women seeking a smooth and natural-looking breast enhancement.
Here are some common benefits of Anatomical Implants;
- Provides a natural shape and look to the breast
- Creates a subtle-looking breast enhancement with less volume at the top and more at the base.
- Because of their customised shape, they are more suited to women who have breasts that are wider or narrower than average.
- They are useful when women have breasts which are droopy because they are fuller at the bottom, which helps fill out the loose breast tissue at the lower part of the breast.
What are Anatomical Implants?
Teardrop implants have elastomer shells that are filled with cohesive silicone gel and have an asymmetrical shape with a well-projected, full lower pole and a tapered upper pole.
The covering of the teardrop implant can be either polyurethane or textured. The advantages of a polyurethane surface instead of a textured surface is that the implant is much less likely to move out of place, rotate or develop capsular contracture.
Anatomical Vs. Round
Round implants are also filled with cohesive silicon gel and as their name suggests, are round in shape. Round implants are usually chosen by women who are seeking more upper fullness.
Round implants are available with a smooth, polyurethane or textured surface. The polyurethane surface offers the same advantages for round implants as it does for anatomical implants.
The choice between round implants and teardrop implants is often a difficult decision for many women. The best way to make your choice is to try on both round and teardrop implants in a firm singlet or t-shirt in front of a full length mirror.
As part of your decision making process, it is important to choose a doctor who has significant experience in performing both anatomical and round implants. An experienced surgeon can help advise you as to whether you would be a good candidate for your preferred choice.
Here is an example of a teardrop implant which I performed.