425cc Moderate Plus Silicone VS 500cc High Profile Silicone? Nipple or crease incision? (Photo)

I'm an athletic mother of 4 who's lost weight and deflated from a 40E to a small 34 A/B, 5'8", 130lbs. I have a TT and BA scheduled but am considering changing my implant from 425cc mod + to 500cc high profile BUT do not really understand the difference! My breast width is 13.1 and 13.2 and I was told no lift is needed. PS said if I wanted more volume I had to change style. Will 425cc get me a full breast with projection? Goal is to be a full larger breast. Nipple or crease incision? Help!

Doctor Answers 8

Difference is in the projection

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A moderate profile implant is flatter looking than a high profile implant.  The term 'profile' refers to how much an implant projects when sitting on a table on on your chest.  A high profile doesn't mean it's sitting high up on your chest, in mean that when you lie down, your breast protrude high up in the air.  (or when you are standing they protrude further out/forward than a lower profile implant)

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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425cc Moderate Plus Silicone VS 500cc High Profile Silicone? It's up to you.

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Thank you for your question.

High profile implants give a very round, augmented and fake look.  The decision to change style is to not go wider than your breast base width.  Your PS knows that a 500 cc mod + would be too wide for your base width.

If you want to be noticeably big go with the 500 cc high profile.  If you want a more understated look, then go with the 425 cc.

I prefer the crease incision but will do the nipple incision upon request. The nipple incision has a very slightly higher chance of infection and disrupting the nipple ducts.

To be sure, see two or more board-certified plastic surgeons in your area for a full and complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have surgery.

I hope this helps.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implants

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I agree that you do not need a lift.  As far as nipple or inframammary incision, it's really a matter of your personal preference.  They both work well.  Size wise, I would stick to the 425 cc implants.  I think 500 cc's is too big.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Size is an individual decision - which wold you rather be a little bigger or smaller.  The surgeon suggested a 500cc HP implant as opposed to Mod (+) because of your width

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