I am wondering the difference between Mentor moderate profile & moderate profile plus implants?

I am 5'6...34A...135 lbs & trying to achieve a full C cup without looking too unnatural....I am having my BA surgery on April 10th 2014 & I'm trying to decide with Mentor Silicone Moderate Profile or Moderate Profile Plus 350 cc or 375cc...What is the difference & will one give me a more natural look then the other?

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Moderate profile plus implants provide better breast projection then moderate profile

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Thank you for your question.  There really is very little difference between the 2 implants however moderate profile plus is the most widely used because it provides a small amount more projection of the breast and most feel it looks more natural.  The moderate profile is a lower profile with less projection is typically used in patients who are wide chested.

Breast implant profile

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Thank you for your question, however, it will be difficult to give you precise advice without at least pictures or measurements. It's best that you have this discussion with a plastic surgeon regarding the different sizes and better yet undergo Vectra 3-D imaging to simulate the different sizes and shapes of Implants on how you're going to look like after surgery.

Kevin Tehrani, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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I am wondering the difference between Mentor moderate profile & moderate profile plus implants?

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The difference is primarily the base width and the height of the implants.

The Moderate Profile is the original implant that has a wider width with less projection. This is typically used in a person with a broad chest who does not want a great deal of projection and a softer look.

The Moderate Plus Profile has a slighter smaller width and more projection. This is the typically implant I use in over 90% of my augmentations as I think it gives the most natural look in most cases without being over done as can happen with the High Profile implant.

Discuss this with your surgeon so he/she knows the look you are striving. Showing photos will also help in the decision process. Good luck. 

Brian J. Lee, MD
Fort Wayne Plastic Surgeon
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the difference between a moderate profile and moderate profile plus is the degree or amount of projection of your implant (assuming that the two implants have the same width). please talk to your PS about your options.

Implant profile

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The difference between the moderate profile and the moderate plus (for the same base width) is around 0.7cm of projection.
My advise to you is go with the moderate plus, this will still give you a natural result. Especially seeing that the volume difference we ares talking about is 25cc, which is negligible.

I hope this helps and good luck.

Pouria Moradi, MBBS, FRACS
Sydney Plastic Surgeon

What is the difference between implant profiles?

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Thank you for your question. The difference between the implant profiles is the width of the implant. For the same volume, say 350cc, the moderate profile implant will be wider and the moderate plus will be narrower. An implant is round, the diameter of the two implants is different, one wider and one slightly narower. This decision is something your plastic surgeon should guide you through. We tend to look at the diameter of your breast and help select an implant size that best fits within the width of your breast. Good luck.

Brian C. Reuben, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
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Moderate profile & moderate profile plus implants?

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The best cosmetic result in any particular breast augmentation patient depends on a variety of factors, including: your individual anatomy, desired outcome, realistic expectations, a thorough discussion with the plastic surgeon about the options, and an understanding of the pros and cons of any particular implant choice. Proper sizing is not just about the number of cc’s. The thickness of your tissue, breast dimensions which include the width, height, and projection, as well as chest wall width all need to be considered when choosing an implant. Trying on implant “sizers” of various shapes and volumes while wearing a tight t-shirt, bra, or bathing sit at a preoperative visit will help you and your surgeon choose the optimal implant.

Keep in mind that following the advice from a surgeon on this or any other website who proposes to tell you what to do without seeing photos and without examining you, physically feeling the tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full medical history, and discussing the pros and cons of each operative procedure would not be in your best interest. I would suggest you find a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) that you trust and are comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.

Robert Singer, MD FACS

La Jolla, California

Robert Singer, MD
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
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I am wondering the difference between Mentor moderate profile & moderate profile plus implants?

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Thank you for the question. Despite good intentions, online consultants will not be able to provide you with  meaningful specific advice.  Ultimately, in person consultation with well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons will be necessary. Careful measurements, dimensional planning, and careful communication will be key. The difference between the moderate profile versus moderate plus profile breast implants has to do with the dimensions of the breast implants;  specifically, the moderate plus profile implant will have more projection compared to the same size moderate profile implant.

Generally speaking, the best online advice I can give to ladies who are considering  breast augmentation surgery ( regarding breast implant size/profile selection) is:

1. Concentrate on choosing your plastic surgeon carefully.  Concentrate on appropriate training, certification, and the ability of the plastic surgeon to achieve the results you're looking for. Ask to see lots of examples of his/her work.

2. Have a full discussion and communication regarding your desired goals  with your plastic surgeon. This communication will be critical in determining which operation and/or breast implant size/type/profile will most likely help achieve your goals.
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 or D cup" etc 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.

 3.  Once you feel you have communicated your goals clearly,  allow your plastic surgeon to use his/her years of experience/judgment to choose the breast implant size/profile that will best meet your goals.  Again, in my practice, this decision is usually made during surgery.

I hope this, and the attached link, helps.

Differences between implants

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The actual difference between a moderate and moderate plus profile implants is very slight. The moderate plus implant just slightly more narrow. It will have just slightly more anterior projection. But, the differences are very subtle. There is a big difference between a low profile implant and a high profile implant, but not much between the two you are trying to decide between. I would choose the one that has the diameter that most closely matches the measurement of your breast width. Your surgeon should be able to explain this to you in more detail. 

Wm. Todd Stoeckel, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

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