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Breast Implant Shapes: Round vs. Teardrop

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Page Updated on May 26, 2022 by Dr. Norman Rowe (Plastic Surgeon) of Rowe Plastic Surgery

Breast Implant Shapes: Round vs. Teardrop

Natural beauty never goes out of style, which is why breast augmentation is so suitable for today’s women. While trends for pointy, super-high or very large implants run their course over time, a natural, well-proportioned female body remains a constant. Consult with a top breast surgeon to decide what type of implant will make you look your best.

With plastic surgery, you have choices. Following the advice of experts, however, keeps you from jumping on a bandwagon that may become obsolete in a year or two. Rely on the experience of the cosmetic surgeons at Rowe Plastic Surgery, in New York City and New Jersey. They advise you how to stay relevant and naturally shaped no matter what your age, body type or career.

What Are the Latest Trends in Breast Augmentation?

Since the late 19th century, cosmetic surgeons have been trying to create the perfect breast implant. Early trials with paraffin, olive oil and beeswax proved dangerous and even the first attempts at silicone injections didn’t give women the look they wanted.

Breast enlargement finally became popular with fewer complications in the early 1960s during a time when women aspired to have curvy figures like Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. But times have changed. The latest trend for breast augmentation surgery leans toward:

  • Smaller sizes. Unnaturally large, fake-looking breasts are not as popular as they used to be.
  • A more natural look. The trend among women of all ages is toward a more slender, athletic look, with natural-looking breasts to match.

Taylor Swift and Jessica Alba both have had subtle changes to their curves, enhancements that use the latest, more natural techniques. To find the look that’s best for your height and frame, talk to an experienced breast surgeon like the ones at Rowe Plastic Surgery.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Implants?

If you’re thinking about implants to help you feel better about the way you look, you may be a good candidate for the procedure. You also may be a good candidate for breast implants if:

  • Your breasts are fully developed, but you feel they’re too small.
  • Your breasts don’t match each other.
  • Your breasts have lost shape after pregnancy or weight loss.
  • You’re healthy and have reasonable expectations about what new breasts can do for you.

Like today’s celebrities, you may not want anyone but you and your plastic surgeon to know for sure that it was surgical intervention that gave you that marvelous cleavage. That’s why a slight increase in your breast size, perhaps coupled with a lift, can make a huge difference in your profile.

What’s the Difference Between Teardrop and Round Breast Implants?

If your plastic surgeon agrees you’re a good candidate for breast implants and you decide to have the procedure, you need to choose the shape of your implants: either a round and teardrop shape. The differences between the two include:

  • Round breast implants. These implants feel softer and appear fuller. They have the same shape all around, eliminating concern about them rolling out of place. They add fullness to both the upper and lower part of your breast, providing some lift and more cleavage. You may still want to combine this procedure with a breast lift if your bosom has started to noticeably sag.
  • Teardrop breast implants. These anatomical breast implants are thin at the top and wider at the bottom. They’re also called form-stable or gummy bear implants. They’re firmer than traditional implants, giving them a more natural, youthful feel. They have more potential risks and complications than the round breast implants.

Rely on the advice of an experienced plastic surgeon like those at Rowe Plastic Surgery in Manhattan, Long Island, New Jersey and the Hamptons. While still in use, the potential risks associated with teardrop-shaped implants include:

  • These silicone implants tend to shift with gravity, so they may lose their shape when you’re lying down.
  • If they rotate, which they do more frequently than round breasts, you require additional surgeries to put them back into place.
  • Any implant can leak, but since the gel used in these gummy bear implants is thicker, leaks can go unnoticed or require an MRI to detect.
  • Teardrop breast implants are more expensive.
  • They require longer scars that are more difficult to hide in the folds of your breasts.
  • If you get a very large teardrop-shaped implant, the risk of wrinkling is greater.

Your doctor helps you choose the best implant shape for you based on your goals. During your initial consultation, you learn about the risks, the surgery and the difference in breast implant shapes and sizes. Your surgeon answers any questions you have about what to expect from the procedure. When you rely on a board certified breast augmentation surgeon, you significantly reduce your risks of any complications.

How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

Some women are surprised to find out that breast implants don’t last forever. Implants are designed to last 10 to 20 years, and there isn’t always a lot you can do to extend their integrity. The main reasons round or teardrop breast implants may need to be removed or replaced include:

  • Breast hardening from scar tissue
  • The rupture of a saline implant, causing leaking and deflation of the size and shape of your breast
  • A silicone rupture, which may lead to an uneven appearance, reduced size or changes in sensation

If you have silicone implants, it’s recommended that you have periodic screenings to check for ruptures, even though they’re rare with today’s models. After some time passes, women sometimes decide to have implants removed, particularly if they originally chose to have very large breast implants or got the implants to please someone else.

Is One Shape Better Than the Other as I Age?

Both round and teardrop breast implants enhance and reshape your breasts to improve your appearance. But you can’t stop the aging process, so even with implants, you can count on your body going through changes over time. Implants only postpone the inevitable changes that come with age due to:

  • Gravity
  • Weight loss
  • Weight gain
  • Pregnancy

Every woman’s body is different, and one shape of breast implant isn’t better than the other. As you age, you may find that you want to change the appearance of your breasts and you may opt for a revision surgery, replacing your current implants with smaller or larger ones.

Where Can I Get Professional Breast Enhancement in NYC or NJ?

When you trust a surgeon to change the shape of your body, you want to know you’re in good hands. In Manhattan, Long Island, New Jersey and the Hamptons, if you’re looking for an expert in the field of breast enhancement, look no further than Rowe Plastic Surgery. These cosmetic surgery experts are skilled in breast augmentation and have a track record of success.

Take your time making the decision to get breast augmentation. Set up a consultation with a top breast surgeon to get your questions answered. At Rowe Plastic Surgery, highly rated surgeons are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. They’ve been practicing in New York and New Jersey for almost a decade. Contact the practice to schedule your consultation.

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