Moderate Vs High Profile Breast Implants to Retain Cup Size?
- Asked by Doody in Louisiana
- 4 years ago
I am having Breast Implant revision next week due to capsular contracture from the first surgery 11 yrs ago. I have 430cc Saline breast implants under muscle at present and will go back with Silicone breast implants. I am trying to decide between 421cc moderate profile or 425cc high profile. I am currently a 36C and want to keep my same cup size just want a more natural appearance.
Choice of implants
You are comparing a high profile and a medium profile implant. While the two implants have similar overall volumes, with about the same number of cc's, they will have different shapes.
The high profile one will be somewhat narrower from side to side, but rounder. It will give you more fullness and roundness in the upper part of the breast, but possibly less cleavage/ more of a gap. It will tend to look more like "the push up bra" look than the medium profile
The medium profile implant will tend to be a little wider, but give less fullness on the top. In our practice, this shape is a little more popular, but it's really a matter of patient preference. Both can look nice, when they are proportional to your frame, and placed by a skilled surgeon.
Do you know what shape (profile) your current implant is? If you are trying to maintain that exact look, use that information as your guideline.
All the best,
Saline and Silicone breast imlant sizes- High vs moderate propfile breast implants
usually saline impalnts are perkier than silicone implants. moderate profile breast impalnts give better cleavage and fullness of the upper pole than high profile implants. Also, breasts generally look flatter and smaller after a capsulectomy procedure. You should consider these points in deciding on the size of new breast implants.
Web reference: http://www.beautifulself.com/breastaugmentation_size.htm
It depends on your proportions.
The volume and profile is just part of the equation. Your surgeon needs to pick an implant that is appropriate for your proportions. The diameter of your breast, distance from nipple to infra mammary fold, and skin envelop characteristics are all important factors in deciding what implant would give you a natural appearance. There is only a 4cc difference in volume between your two implant choices but there is almost 1.5 cm difference in diameter and a 1cm difference in projection between the 421 and the 425cc implants. This could mean the difference between a natural and a "done" look to your breasts.
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Moderate vs. High profile breast implants
Once a patient has decided on a breast implant size, or a small range of sizes, by trying on implant sizers in a stretch bra, we generally decide on profiles (high vs. moderate plus vs. moderate) by determining which implant diameter (for that chosen size) best matches the patient's own breast diameter and the diameter or width of her chest wall. There are times that either of two profiles (for example, moderate plus and high profile) would work...then, it would be a matter of whether the patient is looking for as much forward projection as possible for that given size (ie: high profile), or perhaps in a patient with a breast positioned lower on her chest, whether we need more diameter to give more fullness higher up in the upper pole of her breast and upper chest. In actuality, in my practice, most patients get moderate plus profile implants (the middle profile) unless they have very narrow chests and breasts OR are choosing large implants for their frame. Since saline implants tend to give a more "high profile" and, some would say, somewhat less natural look, patients who are used to this and like the more projecting look may tend towards a high profile implant if they switch to silicone gel. For a more natural look, in general, a less projecting implant may be in order.
Choosing between high profile vs moderate plus profile implants
The difference between high profile and medium or moderate plus implants of the same volume is their shape. The highprofile is narrower withmore projection. It really depends upon your anatomy and whether or not you want more "side boob."
Moderate vs High Profile Breast Implants
Both companies that make breast implants, Allergan and Mentor, have three styles of implants, low, moderate and high profile. High profile implants have a relatively small diameter with a greater projection to diameter ratio than the other implants. Low profile implants have a much lower projection to diameter ratio. Moderate are in between.
For a majority of patients the moderate profile implants look the most natural. High profile implants can work well in women with a narrow breast width. Low profile are good to add upper pole fullness in an augmentation mastopexy.
Go with moderate implants
When you say that you want a more “natural” appearance, my instinct is to suggest going with the moderate profile implants. The size difference between your existing 430 cc implants and the new 421 cc or 425 cc implants really isn’t going to be significant; what’s going to make the real difference is the implant shape. High profile implants will add more forward projection compared to the moderate implants. I am assuming that both implants are round in shape, which adds fullness to the upper pole (the high part of the breast) as well. This fullness is another factor that looks more dramatic and less like the natural breast, but will be less pronounced if you choose moderate profile implants instead.
Moderate versus High Profile Breast Implants: Which is the best for me?
The most important factor when considering size and profile of a breast implant is to first ascertain the patient's chest width. Once the width is determined, an appropriate implant can be chosen that best corresponds to the patient's specific anatomy. In my practice, after a range of implant sizes is selected, the patient can utilize our sizing system to try on implants of various sizes to get a feel for what volume matches their aesthetic ideal.
Moderate profile implants are wider but have less projection, whereas high profile implants are narrower but have more projection. Women who desire more upper pole fullness and cleavage may benefit from a wider moderate profile implant. Women who have a narrow chest width but desire larger implants may benefit from a high profile implant. It is important to convey your aesthetic goals to your board certified plastic surgeon so that the appropriate implant can be chosen.
Web reference: http://farberplasticsurgery.com
Moderate vs. High Profile Implants on Revision Breast Augmentation
There are many variables at play. Base width, desired projection volume, etc; For a given base width the high profile implants are designed to give more projection. Silicone usually feel softer and look more natural. There is also your tissue characteristics, and the desired look that you want. Take photos to your plastic surgeon. Please also remember to have realistic expectations.
Web reference: http://www.jjrothmd.com/before-after/category/revisions
Breast implant sizing
It is very important to communicate your size goals with your surgeon. In my practice, the use of photographs of “goal” pictures (and breasts that are too big or too small) is very helpful. I have found that the use of words such as “natural” or “C cup” or "fake looking" means different things to different people and therefore prove unhelpful.
Also, as you know, cup size varies depending on who makes the bra; therefore, discussing desired cup size may also be inaccurate.
I use intraoperative sizers and place the patient in the upright position to evaluate breast size. Use of these sizers also allow me to select the press implant profile (low, moderate, moderate plus, high-profile) that would most likely achieve the patient's goals. The patient's goal pictures are hanging on the wall, and allow for direct comparison.
I have found that this system is very helpful in improving the chances of achieving the patient's goals as consistently as possible.
By the way, the most common regret after this operation, is “I wish I was bigger”.
I hope this helps.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.