Breast implants come in a variety of shapes and one of the most common questions patients ask is whether to go for a round or teardrop implant. Beyond shape, other factors to consider for breast augmentation include the following:
- Textured vs smooth
If all these options seem daunting, know that Dr. Lorraine Golosow can walk you through all your options to help you make the most informed decision in crafting your ideal bust.
The issue of implant shape depends on the following factors.
- Your desired aesthetic
- Where you want the incision to be
- Where the implant will be placed in the breast pocket
- Your anatomy
Teardrop breast implants, sometimes called “shaped” or “anatomical” implants, are larger at the bottom so that they better resemble natural breasts. The fullest point of the implant is off-center beneath the nipple. Teardrop implants can be used to counteract moderate sagging while also contributing to augmentation and tend to be chosen by patients who favor natural aesthetics.
Teardrops contain either regular or highly cohesive silicone gel, also called “gummy bear” implants, to give a highly natural feel to the breast. They are also usually textured to prevent rotating within the chest cavity. The main drawback to teardrops is that their volume is not evenly spread out like natural breasts or round implants.
Round implants were the first on the market for breast augmentation surgery. Because they are symmetrical, they provide greater fullness to the upper breast and cleavage than teardrops. The internal fluid flows freely, following the body when lying down or running, which means that the fluid tends to settle within the lower section of the implant, almost simulating a teardrop effect. Round implants’ biggest detriment is that they are ill-suited for patients with petite frames or little natural breast tissue.
While teardrops can help many women achieve a more natural look, they may not be the best option for you depending on your unique anatomy and goals for breast augmentation. It’s important to keep in mind that a natural look is still possible with round implants.
Teardrops can offer greater customization than round implants, going beyond simply adding volume by extending to other dimensions like slope prominence. They also tend to be more expensive than round implants. Teardrops fill more of the lower breast but cause a distorted appearance if they rotate and necessitate a larger incision to place than round ones.
Anyone wanting a significant breast size increase is probably better served by round implants. Round implants provide greater upper pole fullness, lift, and cleavage enhancement compared to teardrops.
Now that you have a better idea of the differences between these implant types, consider scheduling a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lorraine Golosow. Dr. Golosow’s Florida practice uses only the leading techniques and procedures and strives to give every patient the absolute best, naturalistic look. Call us today or contact us online to start a conversation about which breast implants are right for your unique augmentation surgery.