I am an extremely small chested athletic type person getting a breast augmentation. I was told by my plastic surgeon that high profile would be the best. I'm not sure I like the looks of them on patients the same size as me. What is the difference between round moderate plus and high profile implants?
Round Moderate Vs High Profile Implants
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The high profiles are less natural looking
The three implant profiles are designed to create different "looks" depending on what the patient desires.
"Moderate" profiles look the most natural (what nature can make) with no excess upper pole fullness.
"Moderate plus" profiles look slightly fuller than natural, what one of my patients termed "perma-cleavage."
"High profile" implants are designed to provide dramatic excess upper pole fullness.
If your chest wall is very narrow, and if you have very little breast tissue, the high profiles might be okay for you. Otherwise they might seem too big and buldgy. Make sure you see pictures of many patients with high profiles to be certain it is a look you want.
How to pick breast implant sizes or shapes.
1) This is the most common type of question on RealSelf.
2) It is the surgeon's job to pick the right breast implants, not the patient's. Implant selection is really pretty technical.
3) Make sure your surgeon REALLY understands the look you want. Mentioning a cup size is not enough. Show your surgeon pictures of breasts you like.
4) Then your surgeon has to tell you if your chosen look is realistic for your anatomy. The most common mistake is to go too big.
5) I recommend that the surgeon NOT make a final implant choice in advance, because this is just an educated guess.
6) The surgeon should have a large inventory of different size and shape implants available in the operating room.
7) Then the surgeon can put sterile disposable implant SIZERS in your breasts during surgery, to see what a particular implant really looks like inside you. This is how to make the best choice. A sizer costs only $45, and takes all the guess work out.
8) Finally, the sizer is discarded, and the correct breast implants (based on what you want and on your anatomy) are opened from the operating roon inventory, and put in your breasts to complete the operation.
High profile are rounder
The higher the profile, the more round the implants for the same width. If you have very little soft tissue, then high profile implants will give you breasts that look more like the implants. I generally start with the flatter, least projecting implants when analyzing a patient and see if the dimension of implant that fits the natural breast will give the look you desire. If not, then I start to vary the projection and width. It is rare that I end up using the high profile implant if a patient does not want to look "done" or "unnatural." When in doubt, go smaller rather than larger.
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The difference between these implants have to do with the dimensions ( diameter and height) of the implants. For example, the high-profile implant has a greater projection and a smaller diameter compared to the moderate profile implant. The moderate plus profile implant as projection and diameter characteristics that fall between the moderate profile and high profile implants.
I prefer to have a wide selection of implants ( all profiles) available in the operating room. 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 breast 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.
Volume for volume, the high profile implants have a smaller diameter or base width and more projection than a moderate plus implant. If you are narrow and want alot of projection you go with the HP's. If you want more side breast or curve, you go with the moderate plus.
Ground moderate vs. high profile.
Once we find the right diameter, the diameter that fills the chest wall nicely, the diameter that balances with balances with a curve of the hip then we turned towards the projection.
I can give a patient Low, moderate or high profile implant all with the same diameter. In general, most of my patients are looking for more than a low profile. I personally don't care for the shape of the low profile implants.
In general I find a moderate or moderate plus implant tends to give a nice contour. If a patient really wants a larger cup size that's when I turn to a high profile .
My suggestion to you would be to think hips and curve first. Then decide how much projection you want. A small chested and athletic person will look more natural in a moderate profile implant than in a high profile implant. A silicone implant will tend to look more natural than a saline.
I have included a link below that I share shared with my patients on my website. I hope that it is helpful to you.
Moderate Profile + Breast Implants More Natural Than High Profile
Thank you for your question. The plastic surgeon that you choose we will be able to help you make the decision whether to have moderate profile plus or high profile breast implants.
Many important factors are taken into consideration most importantly the width of your chest and the current shape of your breast.
Generally speaking a moderate profile plus breast implants is designed to give a more natural looking breast. The moderate profile plus breast implant is flatter and wider than the high-profile breast implant. In most patients this produces more cleavage and more fullness on the side of the breast which most patients find appealing.
The high-profile breast implant is narrower and higher or projects outward more from the chest wall. The high-profile breast implant will give more fullness of the breast above the nipple areola in most cases.
Since you have a small chest you may be a candidate for a high profile implant if you do not need fullness on the side of the breast and increased cleavage.
Be sure to consult a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, experiencing breast cosmetic surgery and has a good reputation in your local area.
Choose size, then profile
The most important thing for you is to pick a size that is consistent with your lifestyle and level of activity. The way I ususally do this is to have the patient try differnt implants on in a bra of the desired cup size. When you are doing this the implant just conforms to the bra so it isn't what we go on the choose profile. The next most important thing in my opinion is the implant diameter, which has to conform to the natural base diamter of your breasts. Once you know the size the profile is selected by whichever type fits the base diameter in the size you want. this will most likely be high profile if you want a larger size and have a small diameter, while a small size will be one of the types with a wider base diamter.
I select the profile based on the width of the preoperative breast, which is how most surgeons determine the correct implant profile. By selecting the correct implant profile in this manner, you don't end up with a breast that looks too wide or projects out too much. Higher profile implants can look completely natural when placed properly.
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Choosing The Right Implants?
Dr Dhaval PatelDouble Board CertifiedPlastic SurgeonChicago Hoffman EstatesOak Brook
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