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High Profile vs Low Profile Implants

How to Choose the Best Breast Implant Profile for Your Breast Augmentation

When you’re looking into breast augmentation surgery, choosing the right breast implant profile is critical to achieving the best breast shape and breast contour.

Dr. Forrest Wall is a board-certified plastic surgeon and expert at breast implants. He offers an array of choices for breast implants. While some patients prefer a more obvious look with their breast implants, others prefer a more natural appearance using their own natural breast tissue with a fat transfer breast augmentation in Shreveport. As one of Shreveport’s best plastic surgeons, he can work with you to achieve the most natural-looking and attractive breasts possible.

If you’re interested in a breast augmentation in Shreveport, LA, call our office to schedule your consultation.

Breast Implant Profile vs Breast Implant Projection

What is Breast Implant Profile?

Breast implant profiles represent the three dimensional description of the way breast implants protrude relative to their base width and diameter. The breast implant profile is made up of the three dimensions of the implant, while the breast implant forward projection accounts for only one dimension, the distance from the front to the back of the breast implants.

What is Breast Implant Projection?

Breast implant projection, by definition, is the measurement of the anterior-posterior dimensions of breast implants. The breast projection is a single dimension, where the breast profile describes the three dimensional description of the breast implant projection.

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Why is Implant Profile Important for Breast Implants?

Making the right choice for your breast implants can be a challenge because your plastic surgeon needs to consider several factors. The implant profile is determined by three very important requirements: forward projection, volume, and the breast width or base diameter.

Types of Breast Implant Profiles

Low Profile Breast Implants

A low profile implant has the widest base width and provides minimal projection. Low profile breast implants provide patients with a moderate amount of cleavage and a natural appearance after their breast augmentation surgery. Low profile implants are best suited for women with a broader chest and wider gap in between their breasts.

Moderate Profile Implant

There is a very slight difference in breast width between the low profile implants and moderate profile implants. However, moderate profile breast implants offer more projection. So, for patients who want moderate cleavage while maintaining a natural appearance, moderate profile breast implants are typically the best option. These breast implants are a great option for patients with a moderate body shape and for women with wider chests.

Moderate Plus Profile Implant

Moderate plus breast implants fall in between moderate and high profile implants. These implants have a smaller base width diameter than moderate profile implants. This implant type is better for patients with an average sized ribcage and a wider breast width but that prefer more projection overall.

High Profile Breast Implants

High profile breast implants give a larger projection than moderate and low profile implants. High profile implants provide patients with rounder breasts. The reason for the look of these “round implants” is the narrow diameter of the base width. This makes the upper pole of the breast look more full.

High-profile implants are best for women who are smaller and have narrow chest walls but desire larger implants or larger-looking breasts.

Ultra High Profile Implant

Ultra high profile implants have a very narrow base width and help provide patients with more projection and fullness. These are best suited for patients with a very narrow chest wall who want a larger breast shape.

Other Breast Implant Options

When you’re choosing the right implant for your breast augmentation plastic surgery, there are many breast implant options and breast augmentation surgery options that patients need to consider.

These options include:

  • Implant filling type: saline, silicone or gummy bear
  • Implant size: measured in ml
  • Implant shape: round implants or teardrop-shaped implants
  • Implant texture: textured or smooth implants
  • Implant projection: available in low, moderate, and high profile
  • Implant placement: above, below, or between the muscle
  • Incision location for the breast augmentation: under breast, armpit, or other options depending on existing breast tissue

For the best breast implant surgery results, consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Forrest Wall can walk you through the breast augmentation process and help you decide which implant options are best for you!

Advantages of Different Breast Implant Profiles

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Different breast implant profiles are designed to complement each patient’s natural breast tissue and provide various desired improvements.

While many patients initially focus on the size of their breast implants, they fail to understand the way that implant profiles affect the outcome of their breast surgery. In some cases, selecting a different breast implant profile will yield better results than opting for a larger implant.

Advantages of Lower Profile Implants

Low-profile implants are more suitable for patients who want to achieve:

  • softer breasts
  • fuller breasts side (commonly referred to as “side boobs”)
  • fuller upper breasts

Advantages of Higher Profile Implants

High-profile implants are more suitable for patients who want to achieve:

  • an overall better look
  • rounder breasts
  • firmer breasts
  • perkier breasts (These offer more upper pole fullness.)

Which Breast Implant Profile is Best for Your Body Type?

When patients are interested in breast augmentation surgery. We want to make sure we find the right breast implants for their body type specifically. Patients should consider chest wall width, breast position, amount of natural breast tissue, breast implant size, and breast implant shape for the most natural looking breasts!

Different implant profiles are more suitable for different body types and desired cup size. Our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Forrest Wall, can assist you with seeing how each of these implant profiles will look with your specific body type.

Dr. Wall will measure your breast size in detail to create a profile best suited for your body shape. You want the profile you select to complement your body.

Chest Wall Width

This varies from patient to patient and needs to be considered when selecting your breast implant profile. Women with wider chests often need wider implants for a more natural outcome. This means that they should consider low-profile implants.

High-profile implants can create too much space in between your breasts, and when this is coupled with a larger projection, it can lead to unnatural results.

On the flip side, women with narrow chest walls should avoid using low-profile implants, as this can produce an unusually wide appearance or a limited projection.

Amount of Natural Breast Tissue

The amount of natural breast tissue you have will also play a significant role in breast implant choice. If a woman has a small amount of breast tissue, then breast implants with large projections can help them get the breast size and projection that they prefer.

However, if a woman has a lot of existing breast tissue, these same implants may lead to excessive or exaggerated shapes and positions.

Breast Position

The natural position of your breast in relation to your chest wall will also determine which type of breast implant profile you’ll need.

For women with wider natural breast tissue, our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Forrest Wall, may recommend lower-profile breast implants to provide more natural-looking breasts after your cosmetic surgery. If a patient opts for a high-profile implant, their breasts may appear to protrude unnaturally.

However, if your breasts are close together, a higher profile breast implant may be recommended since a lower profile breast implant may make the breasts appear to be too wide or increase the front projection too little.

Implant Size and Shape

Obviously, the implant size and shape will determine the forward projection and size of the breasts, as well. Just because a patient can get large or ultra high profile implants doesn’t mean that they need both.

For the most natural-looking results, it’s always best to speak with board-certified plastic surgeons.

Breast Implant Profile FAQ

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What Do Low Profile Implants Mean?

Low profile breast implants have the widest appearance and provide the lowest amount of projection. These are relatively flat in appearance but provide more cleavage than high profile implants. Low profile implants are best for women with wider chests that seek more natural looking breasts.

Can High Profile Implants Look Natural?

High profile breast implants do have a unique appearance. However, they can look natural depending on implant sizes and the person’s specific body type. The person’s body structure, amount of breast tissue, skin elasticity, and cosmetic goals will determine if high profile implants are right for you.

What Is the Most Common Breast Implant Profile?

Moderate profile is the most common type of implant, as it provides moderate cleavage and falls into a good position for most patients.

What Is the Difference Between Low and High Breast Implant Profiles?

Low profile implants are the widest and deliver the least protrusion. They are relatively flat but provide patients with more prominent cleavage. High profile implants provide more “bulge”, giving a more dramatic appearance from the side.

Does Age Determine Breast Implant Profile?

Many patients simply tell their cosmetic surgeon their desired cup size. In general, most plastic surgeons tend to give higher-profile implants to younger patients and lower-profile implants to older patients.

Contact the Best Plastic Surgeon for Breast Implants in Shreveport, Louisiana

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Forrest Wall can help you make all the difficult decisions that come with planning your breast augmentation plastic surgery. With his help, you can select the perfect implant profile for you!

When you’re going into your breast augmentation consultation, it’s always helpful to have a relatively specific end goal in mind. Dr. Wall will ask what shape, size, feel and amount of cleavage you’d like. Selecting your implant profile is a delicate balance between achieving your goals and providing natural looking results.

Call our office today at 318-221-1629 to schedule your breast augmentation consultation.