Anatomical implants, also referred to as “teardrop implants,” are highly cohesive silicone gel implants that closely mimic the natural shape of the breasts. Dr. Doezie uses this type of implant mainly for breast reconstruction, but breast augmentation patients with thin skin can also benefit from anatomical implants. Some women decide on breast revision surgery to exchange their round implants with anatomical implants in order to achieve a more natural look or to reap the many benefits anatomical implants can provide.
The procedure is highly customized, and the surgical process will be decided during your initial consultation once your goals, physical anatomy, and several other factors are considered.
Benefits of Anatomical Implants
- Resemble the natural shape of the breasts more closely than round silicone gel implants
- Produce natural-looking results, especially for women with thin skin or little breast tissue
- The cohesive gel prevents visible implant rippling
- Form stable, meaning they retain their shape over time (the teardrop shape is permanent)
- Reduced incidence of capsular contracture
- Less prone to rippling
Breast Reconstruction With Anatomical Implants
Anatomical implants are one of the best options for breast reconstruction because they provide a natural-looking appearance and do not show or show very little rippling through the skin. Different sized implants may be used in each breast to achieve balance and symmetry, or an implant in just the reconstructed breast may be needed. Sometimes fat injections are used to further optimize a natural-looking breast shape for breast reconstruction patients.
Breast Augmentation for Patients With Thin Skin
Patients who are thin or who have thin skin are good candidates for anatomical implants since the implants are highly cohesive and have a low incidence of rippling compared to round saline implants. The size of the implant you desire will also be a factor in determining whether anatomical implants will satisfy your ideal outcome and look best with your frame and physical anatomy.
Breast Implant Exchange With Anatomical Implants
The procedure usually uses the same incisions that were used during the primary breast augmentation surgery. The scar tissue that formed around the primary implants will be opened, enlarged, and reconstructed to fit the new anatomically shaped implants, and incisions will be closed with sutures.
Correcting Rotated Anatomical Implants
Whereas round implants can rotate with no issues, anatomical implants can rotate within the breast pocket and cause the breasts to appear misshapen due to the unique implant shape. Breast revision surgery can be performed to correct this issue, during which Dr. Doezie can reposition the rotated implant or exchange both anatomical implants for round implants.
Recovery and Results
Recovery from breast revision surgery is similar to recovery from primary breast augmentation but can vary depending on the extent of the procedure. Most patients plan to take about two weeks off from work. Exercise, bending, lifting, and other strenuous activity should be avoided for the first six to eight weeks as your body heals. A sports bra or other type of compression garment can help decrease swelling and ease any discomfort. Dr. Doezie will also prescribe pain medication that will help with the recovery process. Patients should be sure to report any abnormalities and keep all follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and the best results.
After breast revision with anatomical implants, Dr. Doezie’s patients enjoy more youthful, natural-looking results that will last for years to come.
If you are interested in breast augmentation with anatomical implants with Dr. Allen M. Doezie, please schedule a consultation by calling 949.481.9850 or by filling out our online contact form.