Breast Implants: Let’s Talk Shape

Breast augmentation surgery has evolved due to technique refinement and also the development of multiple types of breast implants. The expansion in choices has been beneficial on the one hand but has also created a bit of confusion for many patients. The big question about breast augmentation is often “which type of implant is right for me?” Here, we look at the differences between round and teardrop shaped implants to help you familiarize yourself with what may work for you.

Teardrop Implants

Teardrop breast implants may also be referred to as anatomic implants because their shape is meant to mimic the female anatomy. Teardrop implants are asymmetrical; they have an upper area that is thinner and less voluptuous and a gentle slope into a more rounded, full base. Like the natural breasts, this type of implant has most of its volume on the bottom.

Many of the teardrop breast implants that are used today are made of form-stable materials such as cohesive silicone gel (think “gummy bear implants”). The stability of the silicone gel within the implant supports the retention of shape as well as natural feel.

Round Implants

Round breast implants are the most frequently-used for breast augmentation procedures. Their symmetrical shape offers balanced fullness at both the upper and lower poles of the breast. A round implant is not spherical like a ball; it is more like a cushy round pillow that is semi-filled with soft material. Whether round implants are filled with saline or silicone, their consistency is more fluid. As they are, round implants project more from the chest wall. However, projection can be adjusted as needed to achieve the desired appearance.

Advantages and Differences

Teardrop and round breast implants differ in more ways than one. During your consultation, you can discover more about the details of each type of implant, including:

  • Final appearance. Will teardrop implants really look more natural?
  • What is the risk of teardrop implants rotating in the breast pocket?
  • Might the texture of a teardrop implant cause a wrinkled appearance on the skin?
  • How large are incisions for one implant versus the other?

Choices, Choices

There are choices between breast implant types because every person and situation are unique. Studies have indicated that each type of implant offers benefits, and each has its own risks. A thorough consultation and exam are necessary to determine the appropriateness of any implant. To schedule your visit to discuss your goals, call our San Antonio office at 210-227-3223.

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