Size Isn't Everything: The Importance of Breast Implant Profiles By Oren Zvi Lerman, M.D. on July 05, 2015

A woman covering her breasts with her armBreast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world, enhancing the shape and size of breasts and improving body contour in the process. Dr. Oren Z. Lerman has helped a number of patients throughout Manhattan achieve exceptional results through breast enlargement surgery.

To achieve the best results, Dr. Lerman considers numerous aspects of the procedure. One such aspect is breast implant profile, which we'd like to go over right now.

What is breast implant profile?

Breast implant profile refers to the amount of forward projection that is created by the breast implants. Thanks to a more prominent breast implant profile, a woman can have fuller and more prominent cleavage.

Breast implant profile is a separate aspect to breast implant shape that is not related to breast implant size per se.

Breast Implant Profile Can Make a Major Difference

In a number of cases, patients have been able to achieve their ideal results during breast augmentation surgery through a higher profile rather than opting for a large implant size. Indeed, having a higher or lower profile can improve the overall results of surgery. The results of the breast augmentation will generally look more natural and more appealing as long as the profile is carefully selected to complement the procedure and the goals of the patient.

Types of Breast Implant Profiles

There are three common types of breast implant profiles:

  • Moderate Profile Breast Implants – This is a breast implant of standard profile.
  • Low Profile Breast Implants – This is a breast implant that has less outward projection.
  • High Profile Breast Implants – This is a breast implant that has the most forward projection.

There is also a Moderate Plus breast implant profile, which is an intermediate profile between moderate profile and high profile.

Considering Profile with Regard to Body Type

There are many factors to consider when it comes to breast implant profile and which might be ideal for a patient. In general, however, surgeons often notice that high profile breast implants are ideal for women who have narrower frames. Low profile breast implants, by contrast, tend to be more ideal for women who have wider frames.

Other Factors That Affect Breast Augmentation Results

In addition to breast implant size and breast implant profile, these other factors are taken into account when considering how to achieve the best breast augmentation results:

  • Breast implant composition (i.e., saline, silicone, cohesive gel)
  • Breast implant shape (i.e., round, teardrop)
  • Breast implant placement (i.e., position relative to pectoral muscle)
  • Incision method that will be used

Tailoring Your Surgery to Your Needs

With all these factors to consider, it should come as no surprise that a full in-person consultation is ideal to determine the best options for a patient's aesthetic goals. We will be more than happy to address all questions and concerns in full so you have all the information you need to make empowered decisions about your breast augmentation procedure.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation Surgery

To learn more about breast augmentation surgery and how it can benefit you, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Oren Z. Lerman and the entire team here looks forward to your visit and helping you make the best possible decisions with regard to surgery.

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Dr. Oren Lerman

Oren Z. Lerman, MD

Dr. Oren Lerman performs a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures with a specialty in reconstructive breast surgery. In fact, he is the director of breast reconstruction at Lenox Hill Hospital's Institute for Comprehensive Breast Care as well as the Microvascular and Cosmetic Breast Fellowship. In addition to the hospital, Dr. Lerman is affiliated with:

  • The New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons (Past President)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery (Diplomate)
  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery

You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Lerman by filling out our online form or calling (212) 434-6980.

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