Would there be much difference in the look from a 425 HP silicone implant vs a 500 silicone HP implant? Also Allergan has a larger projection but smaller diameter than Mentor, so if you are petite which would look best on your frame?
Would There Be Much Difference in a 425 cc High Profile Silicione Gel Compared to 500 cc?
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Breast implant differences
The difference in the implants you mentioned is about 15% in volume and even less in diameter and projection so the perceptible difference is quite slight. If you are trying to choose between the two, I would usually ask you, "If you came out larger than you wanter, or smaller than you wanted, which situation would make you more unhappy?" I would make choices depending on your answer. In general, the flatter, less projecting the implant, the more natural the look in a thin, slight-framed patient.
Breast implants high profile in a petite frame.
If you were my relative, I would tell you to not bother undergoing the risks of surgery to achieve this small of an increase unless it were to manage breast asymmetry. AS long as the diameter falls within your breast diameter, it doesn't matter which manufacturer you go with.
Difference between 425 cc High Profile Breast Implabnts and 500 cc High Profile Breast Implants
Yes you will notice a small difference between the two sizes of breast implants you mentioned. If you are petite and have a narrow breast width, a high profile breast implant for your breast augmentation surgery would likely be the recommended choice. You should consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who can perform a breast exam and take the appropriate measurements to ensure you choose a breast implant size that suits your body and frame and that is not too large to increase the rate of short and long term complications.
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The difference between a 425cc and 500cc high profile device is noticeable. Typically, most women will notice implant volume difference of 50cc or greater between two implants of the same projection. Allergan and Mentor have slightly different sizes between their implants. The choice of what implant would best fit your frame is a question that is answered with a comprehensive breast exam. In general, for women with smaller breasts or petite frames who wish to have larger implants, the high profile allow for a narrower implant to fulfill these goals.
Difference in implant size.
The difference between those two implants is 75 cc which is about one third of a measuring cup. You should decide on size, projection etc with the help of your surgeon who can measure your brest diameter, look at your frame and guide you to a size that will ehance your figure. Don't get hung up on numbers or profiles. All that matters is that the implant fits your body and provides the look you want (within reason!).
Lisa Lynn Sowder, M.D.
A slightly larger volume implant will make the breast look a bit wider and give slighly more projection. On a petite frame it is usually better to go with the narrower implants which often means the HP for larger volumes.
Difference in a 425 cc High Profile Silicione Gel Compared to 500 cc
You can figure about 75 cc's LOL. But the 500 cc will make you a half size larger. Yes the more narrow the diameter the more implant projection.
Subtle differences in implant volumes are imperceptible
In most patients, the difference in implant volumes you describe would be subtle...
I would recommend you communicate your goals for appearance carefully with your surgeon and let him make the call at surgery (once he has an understanding of how the two look inside of you).
A 425cc High Profile Silicone Gel Compared to 500cc
The difference between a 425 cc High Profile Silicone Gel Breast Implant, compared to a 500 cc breast implant is about half a cup size. In general High Profile Breast Implants work better for petite frames when larger cup sizes are desired. This is because the base diameter of the breast is smaller when the frame is smaller, higher profile implants have narrower diameters for the same volume when compared to moderate and low profile implants.
The diameter of the implant should approximate the diameter of the breast. Too big, and the implant pushes off to the side too much. Too narrow, and the space between the implants expands. Balancing cup size and implant diameter is possible with the addition of different implant profiles for the most frames and the commonly desired breast sizes.
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