What’s an Implant Profile?

If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, you probably have many questions. Perhaps you want to know which type of implant is right for you, or how to determine the correct size. At my practice in San Jose, breast implants discussions with my patients usually involve these considerations. What many women don’t realize, however, is that determining the implant profile or projection can play an equally important role in the final result.

The term “profile” refers to how far your breasts project from your chest. Implants may have a high, medium, or low profile:

  • A high profile implant projects more from your chest and has more height, with a narrow base. If you are petite or slim with a narrow chest, this profile can provide you with a natural look.
  • A medium or “moderate” profile has a normal projection and is considered the industry standard. This profile is appropriate if you have a medium-size body frame.
  • A low profile implant provides the least amount of projection. If you have a wide frame, a low profile’s wider base may achieve a more natural look than the other options.

To feel comfortable about your appearance after your augmentation, it’s important to consider your body type and your ideal self-image. Your surgeon should spend time discussing your aesthetic goals and help you determine which implant profile is right for you.

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