By Sacha Obaid
Preparing for breast augmentation can be extremely exciting, but there are a number of factors you need to consider to ensure you achieve the optimal results for your body. One factor worth considering carefully is choosing the right breast implant profile, or shape, of your breast implants, since the implant’s shape can dramatically affect the way your body looks. Below we offer some tips to help your make the best possible choice when selecting your breast implant profile.
Be aware of your options.
Implant manufacturers typically use three profile types—Low, Moderate, and High—and it’s important to familiarize yourself with them before making a final decision. The majority of implants conform to what is now considered a “moderate” profile, and are shaped like a rounded disc; this implant style provides both volume as well as breast roundness, without compromising the “natural” look many patients want. “High” profile implants, by contrast, are thicker in the middle and more spherical or ball-shaped, causing the breast to project more from the chest and to be much more rounded and fuller on top, producing results that make be more noticeable and less natural-looking. “Low” profile implants vary in the opposite way, being thinner and flatter than the other types.
Consider your goals.
When choosing a breast implant profile, it’s also important to be aware of your goals. If having natural-looking large breasts is your aim, you will probably want to avoid high-profile implants, especially if you are adding a significant amount of volume. High-volume, high-profile implants are more likely to protrude unnaturally away from the body, and may look obviously augmented to some people. Nonetheless, some women find that they prefer the full, rounded look of high-profile implants, and are very happy with the resulting look. Whatever your choice, rest assured that your surgeon will do everything possible to give you the look you want.
Your body has a say.
Although the point of a breast augmentation is, by definition, to increase the size of the existing breast, the shape and size of your body may dictate to some extent the kinds of implants that are right for you. Narrow-chested women may be forced to go with higher-profile implants in order to achieve a certain size, because the base of the implants would otherwise be too large for their chest wall. Women who have a higher breast diameter can probably use moderate-profile implants with less concern about the implants fitting properly on their chest.
Ask your surgeon.
A highly qualified plastic surgeon has probably performed many augmentation procedures, some of which were likely very similar to the surgery you are planning to have. As such, your surgeon is an excellent resource when selecting your implant profile, and you ought to take advantage of the opportunity! To get the most out of your conversation, make sure to consider the tips above, and do some further reading if you have the time. By combining the wisdom and experience of your surgeon with a clear idea of your goals and expectations, you can almost guarantee that your breast augmentation surgery will give you the results you want. Click here to see Dr Obaid discuss this topic more in a video.