When selecting breast implants, size is an obvious factor in making the right choice, but the less-discussed “profile” of an implant is also important in determining your look afterwards.
An implant’s profile is the forward projection of the breast. You can envision this by imaging your body’s profile in a silhouette, or shadow picture. Now conceptualize how far forward the breasts project. This is the “profile.”
The selection of a profile is influenced by your personal goals and how your anatomy – breast size and chest dimensions – affect the implant. Because of the interplay between implant and anatomy, choosing the right profile requires a two-way conversation with a skilled plastic surgeon who understands how the variables interact and what your goals are.
At Avenue Plastic Surgery, Mr. Allan Kalus F.R.C.S, F.R.C.S (Ed), F.R.A.C.S has been performing successful breast augmentation for more than 20 years. Thousands of procedures have been performed at his accredited hospital in Melbourne, including breast implants, liposuction, abdominoplasty, and facial rejuvenation. Mr. Kalus can help you select implants to complement your body and bust line.
Implant profiles come in four main categories, each one offering a different look to accommodate different goals and body types. The size of the patient’s breast width at the chest wall may limit a woman’s choice of implants. Ideally, an implant is the same width or slightly smaller than the patient’s breast width.
- Low Profile: Though not commonly used, low profile implants can provide the desired results for women with a broader ribcage who do not want a lot of projection. Though flatter, they have a wider diameter that can enhance the cleavage. A low profile is less about changing how far the breast protrudes, but more about adding fullness.
- Moderate Profile: This is the standard profile, which creates a “natural” appearance in most patients. This is the most popular profile since most women want to add both volume and projection to their breasts.
- Moderate Plus: This profile adds some additional projection to the moderate profile while still improving the diameter of the breast.
- High Profile: This implant offers the greatest amount of projection with the least diameter at the chest wall. It is ideal for a woman with a narrow chest whose breast width may limit her choices in high-volume implants. A high profile implant will give her more volume without being too wide for her body. The high profile is also the choice for women desiring a pronounced contour to the top of the breast, with fullness above the nipple.
There is no one optimum implant profile. Your ideal profile will depend on a combination of your anatomy, your goals, and surgical techniques. Only a skilled plastic surgeon can anticipate how all these factors interact.
A consultation is the first step in understanding how your body and implant selection influences the outcome. If you are interested in learning more about breast augmentation, please call us for a consultation. Mr. Kalus has more than 20 years of experience in helping patients understand breast augmentation and choosing the best type of implant for them.