Allergan or Mentor Implants?

Trying to decide what brand to use, for a 500cc silicone high profile implant? Is one brand better than the other? Does one have more benefits than the other? And is it true that the Allergan is just a little bit wider and projects a little bit less than the Mentor? (not by much but it does?)

Doctor Answers 11

Differences between Mentor and Allergan

Every surgeon has his or her own preference with implants.  Some like Mentor, some like Allergan.

The implants are very similar.  There are slight differences, but the differences often seem like do you prefer Coke or Pepsi.

That is not to say that there are subtle differences.  I use both brands in my practice and feel that there are sometimes subtle advantages for some individuals where one brand might give a slightly better result.

I would refer you to Mentor and Allergan's websites to see the exact dimensions of the implants.  For any given sizes the width and projection are listed and you can compare the differences.  Usually the numbers are very close.

My best advise to you would be to find a surgeon that you trust and that you feel can deliver the results that you desire.  He/she probably has a brand preference that he/she is more comfortable using.  If he gets better results with one brand, you are likely better off by going with what he/she is used to using than insisting on him using a brand that he doesn't typically use.  

In other words, the differences between the two brands are subtle in my opinion....

I hope this helps!

Best regards.

Allergan or Mentor Implants

i tend to use Mentor based on my experience, service and familiarity. However the implants are relatively comparable and presented remarlably similar data to the FDA for approval

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Which implant to choose for breast augmentation: Mentor or Allergan?

Both companies are FDA approved and both are used by plastic surgeons in this country. To me, the shell of the Mentor saline implant is slightly thinner than Allergan and may affect the feel after surgery. I have not done any formal studies to confirm this, but the shell of Allergan implants definitely feel thicker to touch.

Other than that, I think they are both equivalent.  I think more importantly is to choose an implant which fits your body dimensions and skin thickness.

Michael A. Jazayeri, MD
Santa Ana Plastic Surgeon
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Brands of Breast Implants

The brand of implant is not as important as the volume and profile of the implant.  Both Mentor and Allergan make basically equivalent implants.  In your consultation with your surgeon, you and discuss which range of volumes and profiles would be appropriate for your anatomy.  With this information, you and your surgeon can make an informed decision about which implants are best for you.  Good luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Allergan or Mentor implants

It is a personal preference of the surgeon. Really no difference. Like A Mercedes or a BMW, both are great cars but which do you like?


Pick the surgeon for breast augmentation not the company (Mentor or Allergan)

Both Mentor and Allergan make exceptionally good products. Both also make many different styles, shapes and sizes. It is the job of the surgeon to know all these differences and to pick the one that will give you the look that you are looking for. Therefore, pick the surgeon for breast augmentation not the company.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Allergan or Mentor Implants? Yes

There are some subtle differences in the dimensions of Allergan vs. Mentor implants, but otherwise they are pretty much the same. Many plastic surgeons who do a lot of implant surgery favor one or the other brand because they have a contract with that company for maintianing inventory and other conveniences. Utlimately, the choice will come down to either selecting a surgeon you trust and going with their recommendation, or fine-tuning the implant choice based on your own measurements and the size (volume) you want. This would be done in close cooperation with your surgeon, who will take base diameter and other factors into consideration.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Allergan vs Mentor

Coke or Pepsi?  I think they  are really very similar products with in my mind no signficant difference.  Surgeons usually choose the company they use for implant based upon reliability and service.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Mentor vs. McGhan (Allergan) implants

I don't think it matters as I have worked with them both for over 16 years. Allergan has a better warranty


Which Breast Implants to use: Allergan VS Mentor

Both companies produce very similar breast silicone gel implants with lifetime warranties. Getting the breast implant once means you will get a free pair when your implant(s) leak(s). Every surgeon has his or hers preferred look and may prefer one type of an implant over another especially for certain individuals.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

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