When it comes to selecting the shape of your breast implants, you have two main choices -round and teardrop (also known as anatomical or contoured). With both choices of shapes available, it can be overwhelming to pick the one that is perfect for you. In order to make this decision easier, consider factors such as your aesthetic outcome, incision location preferences, implant placement considerations and body type; additionally, take into account existing breast tissue and width/chest-wall contour. All these components should factor into your selection of shape – choose wisely.
At Refine Clinic, we understand that the decision to select breast implants can be a daunting task. Our cosmetic surgeons take ample time with each individual patient in order to help them find the right shape of the implant and achieve stunningly beautiful results that look natural.
What affects the shape of your natural breast tissue?
Are you curious about what shapes your natural breasts? The answer is a mixture of genetics, tissue density and size. But that’s not all; additional influencing factors include:
Breasts are composed of three types of tissue – mammary glands, fat, and connective. The fatty layer enveloping the milk-producing glandular tissues is what gives breasts their voluminous round shape.
Estrogen not only encourages the enlargement of mammary glands, but it also has an influence on where fat is stored in the body. Women may detect their breasts swell prior to the commencement of their menstrual cycle due to a surge in estrogen levels.
With time, the body produces fewer reproductive hormones. An article in Dermato Endocrinology further elucidates that a decrease in estrogen leads to diminished mammary glands and tissue loss.
Aging also causes changes in skin elasticity which can cause breasts to look smaller or more stretched out.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Pregnancy and breastfeeding are accompanied by a surge of hormones that can cause an increase in estrogen levels, leading to enlarged breasts due to the development of additional mammary glands. After nursing is completed, though, your bust should return back to its original size.
Luckily, you can now change how your breasts look and improve their appearance as per your requirements.
Breast implant shapes
If you are considering breast augmentation or have already made your first appointment, it is important to familiarise yourself with the advantages and drawbacks of round and teardrop implants before proceeding. The two main implant shapes are outlined below for your consideration.
Round breast implants
The round implant—the original breast shape—is a preference amongst many patients around the world. The smooth and curved design offers women enhanced fullness, lift, and cleavage, all of which are the best effects that make this option even more popular!
Round implants, which come in both saline and silicone gel, are a popular choice for their softness and uniformity. With an almost perfectly round shape that is gentle to the touch due to its smooth or textured surface, these implants provide consistent fullness and projection from top to bottom. If you’re seeking natural-looking results with minimal variation across your chest area, then round implants might just be the perfect option for you! Opting for a round breast implant is an ideal selection for women who are looking to achieve a fuller upper pole of the bust. Similarly, high-profile implants protrude further from the body, creating more defined contours. Unlike teardrop-shaped implants, round ones are less prone to wrinkling and often shift or rotate without being too noticeable. Round implants also come with fewer complications than the counterpart type as well as cost much less in comparison!
Teardrop breast implants
Those who select teardrop-shaped implants tend to do so due to their enhanced natural look and sensation. Unlike round implants that often seem too artificial, akin to a “boob job”, the shape of this implant mimics real breasts; they are thinner at the top than they are at the bottom, creating a gradual slope into fuller projection below the nipple. Moreover, these specialised gadgets feature textured surfaces designed for prevention against shifting or rotation within your chest – allowing you an extra layer of security in your aesthetic decision. Silicone gel is the only material for teardrop breast implants, and technological advances have introduced these “gummy bear implants” with an exceptionally cohesive, form-stable silicone that offers a natural look and soft feel. The teardrop implant is an excellent choice for women trying to correct mild sagging or ptosis. Breast augmentation with the right implant shape and material can provide sufficient lift to your breasts, making a separate breast lift unnecessary. However, if you have more advanced sagging of the breasts, combining both surgery types is necessary in order to achieve that youthful look.
Breast implant profiles
With both round or teardrop-shaped breast implants, the base width and projection of each can be customised according to your own needs; a high-profile implant provides the most augmented look, whereas a moderate profile produces a more natural contour that blends in with your chest wall. Whichever profile you choose will depend on your individual aesthetic goals!
Implant selection, including breast implant shape, is an essential part of preparing for breast augmentation. With our years of expertise in a range of breast implants, we’ll devote sufficient time to assist you with selecting the right implant shape and size for your body.
To protect your breast augmentation results and reduce the risk of complications, it is essential to take good care of yourself after undergoing this cosmetic procedure. Taking these precautions will guarantee that you can enjoy beautiful, long-lasting results for many years to come.
Tips to take care of your breast implants after surgery
1. Take time to recover
Although the recovery time for a breast augmentation procedure is relatively brief, you must take some days off work, and it’s essential to follow your doctor’s instructions precisely during this period.
- Refrain from drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, or taking any blood-thinning medications like aspirin.
- In order to ensure a speedy and full recovery, avoid sleeping on your stomach or side for at least 6 weeks.
- For a minimum of 3-5 days after surgery, keep your wounds dry and protected.
- For a minimum of 6 weeks post-procedure, abstain from wearing an underwire bra.
- For the next two weeks, avoid taking a bath. Instead, opt for showering and be sure to dry your wounds completely afterwards.
- To avoid any potential complications, refrain from participating in rigorous physical activities such as running and jumping that cause your breasts to bounce. Doing so could open up your wounds or displace your implants.
2. Ease back into exercise
As you recover from your surgery, returning to light activities can be done in just a few days; however, engaging in strenuous exercise and lifting heavy objects should wait until later. Each patient may have unique advice regarding post-op exercises, so let’s use this as a general guideline:
- Week one: Step out for a leisurely stroll in the sun, but don’t overtax yourself or travel too far. When your body signals you to stop due to discomfort, be sure to listen. There is no need to rush – take your time and enjoy the scenery!
- Week two: Keep striding and do some low-impact exercises like leg lifts or walking on a treadmill – anything that targets your lower body, not the upper.
- Week three: Persist with low-impact exercises, then begin to add some upper-body workouts. Remember, though -if you experience any pain at all, take a break from those activities immediately! The tissue around your breasts remains sensitive, and too much strain or sudden movements can lead to negative effects on your implants.
- Week six: At this point, your discomfort and inflammation should have settled. You can resume regular abdominal or arm exercises at a gentle intensity – start slow by doing only what’s comfortable for you. With this approach, you’ll be back to normal in no time!
3. Avoid large weight fluctuations
To uphold your breast augmentation results, steadiness with weight is essential. Nourishing meals and daily exercise can be very helpful in preserving the shape of your breasts. If you plan on having a baby any time soon, bear in mind that changes to the body may affect your implants and potentially require additional treatments, such as a breast lift after considerable weight loss or post-pregnancy.
4. Support for the new breasts
It is important to get a special bra to wear after you have had a breast augmentation. This type of bra will help support your breasts and stop them from sagging. The right kind of bra can also protect your implants from gravity. This will reduce any bouncing or movement which could cause problems in the chest area in the future.
5. Consume nutritious food
Just like with any other surgical procedure, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is essential for your fast recovery. Incorporate nutritious options such as salads, cooked dishes, fish or chicken fillets, dairy products and freshly squeezed juices into your meals for optimal results.
Get your desired breasts at Refine Clinic
At Refine Clinic, we understand that breast implant surgeries can be a major decision. Our team of qualified and friendly cosmetic surgeons will guide you through the process to ensure eligibility for your procedure and provide tailored advice on which implants are right for you! At our clinic, we have an extensive selection of cosmetic procedures so that each patient has access to reach their ideal look – schedule an appointment today or call us on (02) 8599 7161 to start achieving your aesthetic goals. We are excited to see you are our cosmetic clinic!
Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Breast Augmentation – What you should know