Are low profile breast implants the most natural looking?
I’m 27 and considering getting breast implants. I’m going for a perkier shape and a slightly bigger size (from a B cup to a C cup), but I don’t want mine to say “look at me.” I prefer a natural look and feel, if that’s possible. So I’m in the process of weighing all of my options and have come across low profile breast implants. For someone in my position, would this be the best option for me?
There are a range of implant profiles that your plastic surgeon may recommend depending on your anatomy and specific aesthetic goals. Common profile variations include:
- Moderate Plus
- Ultra High
The profile refers to where the edge of the implant meets the chest. The higher the profile of the implant, the greater the projection and the more cleavage you will be able to achieve. It sounds like you are interested in a more subtle aesthetic, in which case low profile implants may be the better option.
Low profile breast implants are typically wider in the base than moderate and high profile implants, and they create a wider breast with less projection. Low profile implants are often a good option for patients who are interested in refining the shape of their chest rather than increasing the size of the breasts.
However, I do want to highlight the fact that implant profile is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to breast augmentation surgery. There are many other factors that need to be taken into consideration, including implant size and type, as well as your natural body and breast shape. For example, patients with wider frames are often able to achieve great results with low profile implants as they can add volume to the edges of the breast to create a balanced and natural look. On the other hand, patients with narrow chest walls typically get better results with higher profile implants as low profile implants can make their breasts look unnaturally wide.
I highly recommend booking a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Take along some photographs of your desired aesthetic and be very clear when communicating your desired outcome. Based on your input, your surgeon will help you choose the implant size and profile that is best suited to your unique anatomy and cosmetic goals.
Dr. Frederic Corbin has 1 Breast augmentation before & after:
Thanks for the question.
Moderate, moderate plus, high and ultra high profile ROUND implants basically differ as follows:
The higher the profile, the more the volume is distributed forward in the implant and the narrower the width of the implant side-to-side. If you are looking for modest enhancement, a moderate or moderate plus profile implant, or an ANATOMIC shaped implant, may be appropriate. Some studies suggest that over time, the ROUND and ANATOMIC implants all adopt a somewhat teardrop shape with gravity anyway, so there may actually be minimal benefit to ANATOMIC implants in most straightforward breast augmentations.
In our office, we use Crisalix surgical simulation software, which is AWESOME for helping patients see the potential results of different implant shapes, styles and volumes, as well as identifying whether you need a lift. This can tell a great visual story to the patient and takes a LOT of the guesswork out!
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