Breast Implant Profiles – How Do You Decide?

Choosing the right PROFILE of breast implant

Silicone breast implants do not just come with an option of how many “cc’s” but also what kind of “profile” you prefer.  The amount of volume within the implant is the first decision to be made, but choosing the right profile of silicone (or saline) implant is just as important.  So where do you begin?

During your consultation with Dr. Marin, you will “size” implants to get an idea about the general volume you prefer and that fits your body.  This is not an exact science and must be used as a general guideline.  The next decision that has to be made is what “profile” is best to suit your goals.  Implants come in a low (style 10), moderate (style 15), high (style 20) and ultra high (style 45).

This is a decision usually to be made by your surgeon, after fully communicating your aesthetic goals. I find that before and after photographs are very helpful in being objective demonstrations of what patients want as their end result. Nearly all of my patients want to be bigger, but not “too big” and this varies for every patient.

The “profile” of the breast implant allows for the same amount of fluid (cc’s) to be placed in a smaller location. Imagine if an implant is squeezed from the sides and then it will project more from the front.  This is what happens as the profile increases with breast implants.  See the diagram below as a demonstration of the different profile shapes assuming you kept the same amount of volume or “CCs” in each.

Breast Implant Profiles

In the operating room, I find that “sizing” or trying on different implants is invaluable to help determine the “ideal” implant volume and profile. We make every attempt to help match the shape of your photographs to what we see on the operating table. Individuals with tight skin often need a higher profile implant to “push against” the compressors forces. Some women are very “showy” with an implant and need a lower profile or smaller implant to meet their needs.

In summary, women who are very petite and want a larger size will need a higher profile implant. As a result, this implant can appear more “showy” and give a rounder look. Women with a wider breast base normally need a lower profile breast implant to take advantage of the increased width. This avoids having a disproportionately small implant for your anatomy.

Choosing the “ideal” breast implant is a difficult decision that involves communication between you and your plastic surgeon to help get you your “perfect” result.

Vincent Marin, MD






About the Author:

Dr. Vince Marin is a San Diego board-certified plastic surgeon specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body. If you wish to contact Dr. Marin, write to [email protected] or you can follow him on Twitter!