Breast implants. What is the difference between moderate, moderate plus and high profile?

What is the difference between moderate and moderate plus high profile?

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Different shapes

Hi.  These are the terms Mentor uses to describe their families of implants.

The "moderate" one is also known as low profile.  Think of a flat pancake-like shape.  It's good for ladies with either a wide frame, or those who just want a little bit more volume.  Very natural looking.  Not much fullness in the upper part of the breast.

"Moderate-plus" is a popular one.  It gives some nice fullness of the top part of the breast, but not obvious.  

"High profile" is also popular.  Think "push-up bra" look - more fullness on the top part of the breast than either of the preceding two types.  For the same diameter across, the high profile implant will have about 15% more volume to it than a moderate-plus.

The last family who might hear about is the "ultra-high profile" implant - which is the most round shape of all.  If you like the more obvious look.

Chat with your plastic surgeon about these, and discuss what your shape goal is, so you can get a recommendation about the best ones to look at.

Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation

Thank you for your question. During your consultation I like to find out your goals (I.e. What cup size you would like to be). It's important to measure the width of your breast to determine which implant you need. There are four different profiles of round silicone implants. They are moderate classic, moderate plus, high and ultra high profiles. For example, suppose you are an A cup breast and your breast width diameter is 11.1 cm. If you wanted a small enlargement a moderate classic profile implant is 190cc, 11cm in diameter and 2.7cm thick. This will make you a small b or large A cup. If you went to moderate plus you would use a 250cc implant. This is 11.3cm in diameter but the thickness is more. It is 3.4 cm thick. This would make you a medium B cup. If you went to a high profile you could use a 300cc implant and would make you a small c cup. It is 11.1 cm in diameter and 4.5 cm thick. If you want to go to a D cup or larger you can use a 455cc ultra high profile implant which has a diameter of 11.2cm and 5.7cm thick. For more Information please see the enclosed video and I hope you find this helpful. 

Joshua Halpern, MD, PA
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implant profiles

Breast implant profile (moderate, moderate plus, high profile) refers to how much the implant projects forward from the chest wall. Moderate and moderate plus profiles tend to be the most natural looking, while high profile gives much more breast projection. The implant profile you choose will depend on a couple of variables including your body type, height, weight, etc., as well as your desired breast appearance. During your consultation I listen to what my patients envision as their ideal breasts and will then recommend which profile is best to help them achieve that result!

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Jimmy S. Firouz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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The difference between moderate, moderate plus and high profile implants

Thank you for the question. These names refer to the different shapes and projections of the implants by Mentor. The moderate is flatter and wider think of it as a pancake and the high profile has more projection and narrower in diameter so it looks more like a ball. 

Ideally your plastic surgeon should measure your breasts and choose the best fitting implant for your shape based on your goals. 

Best of luck!

Dr. Khuthaila 

Dana Khuthaila, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Types of breast implants

A wide array of breast implants are now available.  Moderate, moderate plus, and high profile are names given to certain types of round silicone implants, and refer to the implant dimensions.  For the same volume, a moderate implant will be the flattest and widest, the high profile the most projected and narrowest, and the moderate plus will in between.  When choosing to have breast implants, always have an in-person consultation with a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Best of luck,
Keith M. Blechman, MD
New York, NY

Keith M. Blechman, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Implant differences

Think of  low medium and high projection and for a specific volume implants the low one is the widest and the big projection is the narrowest.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Moderate vs high profile implants

Hello and thank you for your question. High vs. moderate profile implants simply indicates the width vs. projection ration.  High implants are selected for those that want more projection but less width while moderate is just the opposite. The most common profile is the moderate plus implant which combines the best of both. I hope this helps. 

Gregory DeLange, MD
Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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The goal of an augmentation is to create an aesthetic breast with the size, shape, and projection that is desired by the patient. During a consultation, measurements of the breasts are used as a starting point to recommend a breast implant. The decision on size, shape, and position of these implants is based on your anatomy, the type and size of the implant, and your preferences.

The implant profile (moderate, moderate plus, high) is based on the ratio of desired volume and projection to your breast width. As the volume increases for a specific breast base width, the projection increases from moderate, to moderate plus, to high profile to accommodate the extra volume. 

See the link below for more info on breast augmentation.

A detailed examination will help delineate the best surgical treatment. In office sizing and digital three-dimensional simulations can help guide your implant choices. A second opinion with a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery would be the next best step.

David Tauber, MD
Albany Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implants. What is the difference between moderate, moderate plus and high profile

The biggest issue is that a the projection gets higher,there can be a less natural appearance to the end result.

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implants. What is the difference between moderate, moderate plus and high profile?

The profile term refers to the amount of projection the implant has compared to the base diameter of the implant. A high profile implant will have a smaller diameter and higher projection than a low profile implant with a wider base and lower projection. Both implants can have the same volume, but they have different shapes. Most patients need more projection and not wide flat breasts. Good luck.

Robert Graper, MD
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
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