Here is a recent question asked on Realself.com about implant profiles
“Hello I am 5’4 about 101lbs and would like to get 350-375cc but do not want them to be too wide. Would a moderate plus be too wide for me? What is difference between this and high profile? I know projection but is this the type that is more round and little less natural”?
This is not an uncommon question. Breast augmentation and differing implant profiles can be frustrating for patients just starting to investigate options available to them.
In general the implant profile is something your surgeon chooses to have the best fit within your current breast shape, volume, and to best meet your goals.
Many petite women like the one is this question will benefit from a higher profile implant. This will allow her to obtain the implant size she likes while keeping the implant within her current breast boundaries as best as possible. The difference between a moderate and high profile implant of the same size will not greatly affect the overall breast appearance but can help in some cases with preventing laterally displaced implants and possibly visible rippling in some patients.
For most patients I recommend focusing on the size of implant you like as the primary question. At Synergy Plastic Surgery we use a sizing system which is very accurate at estimating how you will look after breast augmentation surgery. Remember that the final implant size may vary a few cc’s so that we can find a brand and profile that best fits your anatomy.
After we have an idea of that cc volume will meet your expectations I go to work. During your examination we will take several measurements of your breasts. I then use those measurements to determine if the implant needs to be taller and have more projection (high profile, usually only a few centimeters taller than the next lower profile) or should be less tall and more wide (moderate or the middle ground moderate-plus profile in some brands). Occasionally one or another brand of implant will fit your anatomy best and I often take advantage of these differences to make sure my patient gets the best outcome possible.
-Mahlon A. Kerr, MD, FACS
Diplomat, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Fellow, American College of Surgeons