Breast Augmentation: What do the different profiles of implants mean?

Breast Augmentation: What do the different profiles of implants mean?

Are you looking to increase your breast size? Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the United States. Breast implants are often used to help enhance women’s breast shape and size so they can have the curves they’re looking for.

When looking at implants, what options are available and how do you know which ones are right for you? There are many factors to consider when choosing breast implants, including the fill material (saline vs silicone), size (how many cc), shape (round vs anatomic), shell type (smooth vs textured), and profile. The implant profile, in particular, leads to a lot of questions and patients are often unsure which profile will produce the desired result. Dr. Susan MacLennan and Dr. Alexandra Schmidt have the experience to help you make the decision that’s right for you.

Breast Implant Profiles

Each implant manufacturer has a range of different breast implant profiles. Which one is right for you depends on the results you’re looking for. The breast implant profiles include:

Low or Low Plus Profile

Implants that are lower in profile are relatively flat in appearance and don’t project very far away from the chest. These are typically best for those with wider chests and those who are looking for a smaller enhancement. Low or low plus implants are perfect for patients who are looking for “Fashion boobs” – this is a conservative breast augmentation that will improve your shape without significantly increasing your cup size or making it obvious that you “had work done”.

Moderate or Moderate Plus Profile

Implants with a moderate or moderate plus profile are ideal for women who would like to add 1-2 cup sizes but still have a very natural-looking result. As the name suggests, they provide more projection from the chest than low-profile implants but less than high-profile ones.

High or Extra High Profile

High-profile implants are relatively narrow at their base to provide the most projection. They also provide the fullest and roundest results which may not look as natural on everyone. They are often recommended for petite women with narrow chest walls. Higher-profile implants have a tendency to flip inside the pocket more than low or moderate-profile implants, giving the breast a boxy shape.

Which implant profile is right for me?

Which type of implant is right for you depends on both your body’s proportions and what results you’re looking for. That said, Dr. MacLennan and Dr. Schmidt will recommend the size that they believe is best for you and the goals you want to achieve.

During your visit, your doctor will look at your body proportions and take breast measurements. Why? This is part of finding the implant that will look best on your body. For example, an implant that is too narrow for your body can look like a tennis ball on your chest. Or an implant that is too wide can make your chest appear wider and give you the appearance of “side boob.” The same implant can look completely different on two different women!

What size we recommend also depends on what results you’re looking for. Are you looking for a subtle or natural look? Are you just looking to replace lost volume in the upper pole? Or are you looking for something fuller? Dr. MacLennan and Dr. Schmidt will discuss your goals with you and then suggest a profile that they think will help you achieve those goals.

A breast augmentation can also be combined with a breast lift to ensure you’re getting the results you’re looking for.

Schedule A Consultation

Looking to learn more about breast implants and breast augmentation? Scheduling a consultation at Mountain Lake Plastic Surgery is a great first step.

During your consultation, Dr. MacLennan and Dr. Schmidt can walk you through the procedure and the recovery process and help you choose the best implants to obtain your desired results.

To schedule a consultation today, call our Colchester, VT office at (802) 231-4284 or use our online scheduling form.