Teardrop Implants: Is it The Right Breast Augmentation Choice?


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 doctor 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.


Results can very among individuals. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

When are Polyurethane Teardrop Implants Helpful?


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.

double bubble

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.

wide gap between 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.

470cc Brazilian Natural Teardrop Extra High Profile Below Muscle

  • 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.

rotated teardrop implant
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 very among individuals. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.For more information visit www.precisioncosmetic.com.au