Tear drop breast implants are known for their precision design for the most natural look. In this article we will explore the intricacies of tear drop breast implants, including their unique characteristics, the surgical process, and the benefits they offer to women seeking a natural looking enhancement.
What Are Tear Drop Breast Implants
Anatomical or “tear-drop” shaped implants are breast prostheses (artificial objects added to the body) which are shaped to mimic the form of a breast. They are slim at the top and widen towards the bottom to mimic a breast-like shape. They are also referred to as “contour profile” breast implants or “shaped” breast implants.
The Surgical Process for Breast Implants
Choosing the right implant type is a decision that should not be taken lightly. The best way to make an informed decision is to consult an experienced plastic surgeon with a track record of successful breast implant surgery. During your initial consultation, a plastic surgeon will examine your natural breast anatomy, discuss your goals, and educate you on the benefits and risks of each implant type.
The process for breast augmentation with tear drop breast implants involves a detailed consultation between the patient and the surgeon to ensure that the desired size, shape, and projection align with the patients expectations.
Another crucial decision is the type of incision you want and where to place your implants. There are several techniques to choose from, including inframammary, peri-areolar, transaxillary, and transumbilical. The most common approach is the inframammary incision, which goes into the breast crease. There are two options for implant placement: over or under the muscle.
The surgical procedure itself is performed under general anaesthesia, with the surgeon making a discreet incision to create a ‘pocket’ for the implant. Unlike traditional round implants, tear drop implants require precise positioning to achieve the desired natural look that they’re known for. Surgeons sculpt this breast pocket to accommodate the specific shape of the tear drop implants.
The Benefits of Tear Drop Breast Implants
1. Natural Contour and Shape
One of the most important benefits of teardrop breast implants is their more natural-looking shape. Unlike round implants, which can give an overly rounded appearance to the breast, teardrop implants provide a more natural-looking slope. The teardrop shape of these implants mimics the natural breast shape better, especially for women with a smaller amount of breast tissue. The result is a more subtle and natural-looking breast augmentation in harmony with the rest of the body.
2. Reduced Risk of Rippling
Teardrop implants have a lower risk of palpability or rippling post-surgery. This is because teardrop implants have an anatomical shape that is fuller towards the bottom and tapered towards the top. The fuller bottom portion reduces the chance of rippling while giving a more natural appearance to the breast. Although round implants are a great option, they have a higher chance of palpability or rippling, making teardrop implants ideal for certain situations.
Tear drop breast implants are known for their longevity. The cohesive gel filling retains its shape over time, and the teardrop design resists the gravitational forces that can lead to sagging.Tear drop implants avoid the slipping down of the breast tissue down the chest wall. This durability means that the more natural shape from tear drop implants minimises the need for frequent revisions.
Considerations for Tear Drop Breast Implants
While tear drop breast implants offer advantages, there are a couple of factors to consider:
1. Current Body and Breast Condition
Tear drop implants may not be suitable for those with pre-existing asymmetry or significant sagging. When considering teardrop implants, women should be aware that they are designed to mimic the natural shape of breasts with a wider and fuller bottom to a narrow and less projecting top. This design suits women with larger breasts who want a more natural look. However, the implant can sometimes appear unnatural and bulky for women with a petite frame, leading to complications like visible rippling or discomfort.
2. Post-Surgery Monitoring
Post-surgery, patients must monitor for any changes in the appearance or feel of the implants. While tear drop implants are designed for stability, occasional check-ups with the surgeon are essential to ensure the continued success of the augmentation.
The right breast implant choice is a personal matter that requires careful consideration and consultation with an experienced surgeon. Teardrop breast implants offer a natural look that can be highly customisable and provide a great option for those looking to enhance their breast shape. Nonetheless, it is important to understand the risks associated with all types of breast implants and to select a surgeon with impeccable credentials to help you achieve the desired outcome. By exploring your options and following postoperative instructions, you can feel confident in your decision and enjoy the benefits of your new look. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment!