Teardrop breast implants are perfect for many women seeking breast augmentation. These implants have been increasing in popularity because of the way teardrop boobs emphasize a woman’s own natural shape while providing a modest to significant increase in size.
If you’re planning to undergo breast augmentation surgery and are thinking about getting teardrop implants, this article is for you. We will go over what makes teardrop breast implants special, how they differ from round implants, and what you can expect from your experience with the teardrop breast implant before and after.
Choosing a Shape for Your Breast Implants
The 2 Breast Implant Shapes
Breast augmentation patients have two basic breast implant shape options: teardrop and round. Both types of implants offer pros and cons, but today, we’re mostly going to be examining teardrop implants.
What Are Teardrop Breast Implants?
Teardrop shapes are larger on the bottom than they are on the top, and that’s exactly what the implant profile of a teardrop breast implant looks like. The extra volume on the bottom of teardrop breast implants helps achieve a more natural looking result while also boosting the patient’s breast size.
As opposed to a round implant, teardrop implants also do a great job of pushing out the lower pole of the breasts (the bottom half). Often, when a woman has a petite body type and small breasts with little natural breast tissue, she’ll also have a tighter lower pole. If we want to give this area more volume, which will help the chest look more shapely and feminine, teardrop implants are ideal.
What’s the Difference Between Teardrop Implants and Round Implants?
When it comes to teardrop vs round implants, the basic difference is always going to be shape. Both teardrop and round implants can be filled with saline or silicone (however, mostly, teardrop implants are filled with a silicone gel and are sometimes called gummy bear implants).
In terms of breast implant shapes, round breast implants, as the name implies, are perfectly round and the same diameter from side to side and top to bottom. Teardrop shaped implants have a thicker bottom and a thinner top.
Teardrop implants offer the appearance of a more natural breast to many patients who also want a bit of volume. Traditional round implants can be used to provide a natural look as well, but they’re also used for patients who want high profile implants or implants that give a lot of extra volume — especially on the upper pole of the breast (the tops of the breasts).
Another difference is that a teardrop shaped implant has a textured surface. This is to keep them in place and prevent implant rotation. Because teardrop implants have such a specific shape, if they were to rotate, they would look quite odd and must be fixed.
Round breast implants can have a smooth shell without texturing because if they rotate, it’s usually not noticeable.
Whether you decide to get round breast implants or teardrop breast implants, a skilled and experienced surgeon can help you achieve the breast shape you’re after and your overall desired outcome.
What to Expect With a Teardrop Implant Before and After
Before Your New Teardrop Breast Implants
Prior to your breast augmentation, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with a surgeon. Your surgeon will examine your anatomy and breast tissue. Bring a list of your top concerns to discuss and a recap of your medical history.
Remember that while you may come into your consultation appointment thinking teardrop implants are right for you, sometimes, round implants may be the better fit. Your surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of teardrop implants vs round implants as they pertain to your unique body shape and situation.
From here, if you decide to move forward with breast augmentation surgery — whether you get round or teardrop implants — you’ll find a time to schedule the procedure. As you prepare for surgery, remember to do the following:
- Ask for ample time off work for your breast augmentation recovery. Your surgeon will give you an estimate of the time you should take off.
- Enlist the help of family and friends. You won’t be able to do some things yourself during your initial recovery period.
- Prepare healthy, easy-to-cook meals ahead of time or arrange for a meal service.
- Set up a clean, neat recovery area in your home.
- Arrange for child care or pet care if necessary.
After Your New Teardrop Breast Implants
After your breast augmentation, take it easy for a while. Follow your surgeon’s instructions to the letter, and do not deviate or you may cause issues to your teardrop implants as they heal or even put your health in jeopardy.
Recovery from any type of invasive plastic surgery requires plenty of sleep, avoidance of physical exertion, lots of water and healthy meals, and a peaceful environment. Your surgeon will have you wearing a compression garment also.
Book a Private Consultation With Dr. Sieber
Only a consultation appointment can tell you whether teardrop implants are right for you.
When you sit down with Dr. Sieber, he will discuss your surgical goals, medical history, and what your breast implant shape options are. He will also examine your anatomy and obtain your personal measurements in order to find the best fit for your teardrop implants. Plus, you’ll get a chance to look at some teardrop implant before and after pictures so that you can get an idea of what your results will be like.
Call today to schedule your consultation appointment with double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Sieber.