Profiling Breast Implants

Breast augmentation patients at my Chicago practice sometimes say they feel overwhelmed by the decisions they must make. Questions about implant material, incision sites, and size are all common, and I help guide patients through the process of selecting the best choices for them. But the question of implant profile is one decision that some people overlook during research, and it can mean the difference between a disproportionate, unsatisfactory outcome and a streamlined, natural-looking result.

The term “implant profile” refers to how much an implant projects from the body. Projection is different from size because it relates more to the implant’s shape than its volume. Implants typically come in 3 profiles:

  • High-profile implants offer the most dramatic projection from the body. These implants are more cone-shaped than round. High-profile implants are often the best choice for women with narrow frames. Because high-profile implants have more projection than width, they fit nicely on a narrow chest and won’t look out-of-place on a very petite woman.
  • Moderate-profile implants are the preferred choice for many breast augmentation patients. Providing a happy medium between a high and low profile, moderate-profile implants suit a larger variety of body types and offer a bit more versatility. Moderate-profile implants add a good amount of both dimension and volume to the breasts.
  • Low-profile implants offer the least amount of projection but still create significant volume in both the upper and lower parts of the breast. Low-profile implants look best on women with wide frames.

As with any choice related to breast augmentation, your best option is always to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. A doctor who has plenty of experience with different implant profiles will be able to offer sound guidance in helping you develop the best course of action for your body and desired results.

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