• July 3, 2024
  • Mr Hyder Ridha

Last updated on June 26, 2024

Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure that enhances the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. One of the most crucial decisions in this journey is choosing the right implant shape.

The two main options are teardrop and round implants, each offering distinct advantages and aesthetic outcomes. Understanding the differences between teardrop vs round implants can help you make an informed decision that aligns with your personal goals and preferences.

Understanding Breast Implants

Breast implants are medical devices placed under the breast tissue or chest muscles to increase breast size or restore breast volume. There are two primary types of implants: silicone and saline. Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel, which feels more like natural breast tissue, while saline implants are filled with sterile salt water.

Exploring teardrop vs round implants
Exploring teardrop vs round implants can help you decide which implant shape best suits your desired look

Teardrop Implants

Teardrop implants, also known as anatomical implants, are designed to mimic the breast’s natural contour, providing a more natural shape. They are fuller at the bottom and taper towards the top, closely resembling the natural slope of the breast.

Advantages of Teardrop Implants

  • Natural shape: Teardrop implants offer a more natural breast shape, especially for women with little natural breast tissue.
  • Less upper pole fullness: These implants provide a subtler upper breast contour, which can be ideal for a more modest breast augmentation.
  • Suitable for reconstructive surgery: Teardrop implants are often used in breast reconstruction to achieve a more natural appearance.
  • Mild breast lift: The relatively higher volume in the lower part of the implant helps tighten the lower pole breast tissue resulting in a slight lift of the breast.

Disadvantages of Teardrop Implants

  • Higher cost: Teardrop implants are generally more expensive than round implants.
  • Risk of rotation: If the implant rotates, it can cause an unnatural breast appearance.
  • More complicated surgical procedure: Placing teardrop implants requires a more precise technique, which can make the surgery more complex.

Round Implants

Round implants are symmetrical and provide a more pronounced fullness in the upper part of the breast, resulting in a more rounded breast shape. They are often preferred for achieving a fuller, more voluptuous look.

Advantages of Round Implants

  • More upper pole fullness: Round implants enhance the upper part of the breast, giving a fuller, upper pole appearance.
  • Less expensive: Generally, round implants are more affordable than teardrop implants.
  • No rotation implications: Since round implants are symmetrical, any rotation does not affect the breast’s shape.

Disadvantages of Round Implants

  • Less natural shape: Round implants can appear less natural compared to teardrop implants, especially in women with modest breast tissue.
  • Possible unnatural appearance when lying down: Round implants may look less natural when lying down, as the fullness remains in the upper pole.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Implants
Teardrop vs round implants: A side-by-side comparison reveals how each option enhances breast shape differently.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Implants

Choosing between teardrop vs round implants depends on several factors:

  • Personal aesthetic goals: Your desired breast shape and size will influence your choice.
    Body type and breast anatomy: The amount of natural breast tissue, degree of breast droop and your overall body shape are critical considerations.
  • Lifestyle and activity level: Your daily activities and exercise routine can impact the type of implant best suited for you.
  • Surgeon’s recommendation and expertise: As a qualified plastic surgeon, I can provide professional advice tailored to your specific needs.


In summary, both teardrop and round implants offer unique benefits and potential drawbacks. Understanding these differences can help you choose the best option for your breast augmentation surgery.

We encourage you to book a consultation to discuss your options in detail and determine the best implant shape for your body and goals. Contact us today to begin your journey towards achieving your ideal breast shape.

How to schedule a free consultation

To book a free consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Mr Ridha at our Hertfordshire clinic, please call us on 020 3907 6830, email us at info@hrplasticsurgery.com, or book online via our website.

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If you have any more questions about teardrop vs round implants, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. In the meantime see our FAQs below that may provide you with the additional information you’re looking for.

Round breast implants are symmetrical and provide more upper pole fullness, resulting in a fuller, more rounded appearance. Teardrop breast implants, also known as anatomical implants, mimic the natural contour of the breast, offering a more natural shape with less upper pole fullness.

Teardrop breast implants are often preferred for a more natural look as they closely resemble the breast’s natural contour. However, round breast implants can also provide a natural appearance, especially in women with more natural breast tissue.

Breast implant surgery typically involves making an incision, creating a pocket in the breast tissue and inserting the implant. The type of incision and placement of the implant (either under the breast tissue or chest muscle) can vary based on the chosen breast implant shapes and individual anatomy.

Textured breast implants have a rough surface designed to reduce the risk of implant movement and rotation, particularly with teardrop implants. However, both textured and smooth implants have their own risks and benefits and the choice depends on individual circumstances and surgeon recommendations.

Choosing between round and teardrop implants depends on your aesthetic goals, breast shape, body type and lifestyle. Round implants offer more upper pole fullness, while teardrop implants provide a more natural shape. Consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon can help determine the best option for you.

Yes, round implants can achieve a natural look, especially when placed under the chest muscle. The amount of natural breast tissue and the surgical technique also play significant roles in the final appearance.

This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.

Mr Hyder Ridha
About The Author

Mr Hyder Ridha

Mr Hyder Ridha is a highly skilled plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon. He specialises in aesthetic surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation as well as microsurgical reconstruction. He believes that aesthetic surgery should revitalise and result in a natural fresh appearance.

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