Breast Implant Profiles
Many women who are starting their breast augmentation journey are unaware of the significant number of options they have when selecting their implant.
Implant choice extends far beyond size and implant material (saline versus silicone), and the decision on implant profile will undoubtedly change a woman’s breast aesthetics. The implant profile determines the correlation between the implant’s base diameter and its height. Essentially, the breast implant profile establishes the extent to which the implant will project off of the chest.
While breast implant profile is a choice for the patient to make, her build and chest width may make some implant profiles more appropriate.
NATRELLE INSPIRA® SCX
Extra-Full Profile Highly Cohesive Silicone Implant
The SCX combines the benefits of the traditional gummy bear implants’ highly cohesive nature with an extra-high profile and upper pole fullness. Gummy bear implants are ideal for these extra-high profiles because the cohesive nature will help maintain the upward projection and fullness throughout the life of the implants. This implant is made of the most cohesive gel available by Allergan. Not every woman will benefit from an extra-full profile, but it may be right for women who want increased upper pole fullness. The SCX is especially useful in breast revision surgery, where tissue coverage is minimal.
NATRELLE INSPIRA® SCF
Full Profile Highly Cohesive Silicone Implant
These gummy bear implants are FDA approved for women 22 years and older. Composed of a highly cohesive silicone gel that makes them form-stable, gummy bear implants are designed to maintain upper pole fullness throughout the life of the implant. The smooth texture minimizes the chances of developing visible wrinkling or rippling, especially in women with thin breast tissue. They may be used for breast reconstruction when a woman desires a natural breast appearance.
Sientra® 107 Highly Cohesive Gel (HSC)
Sientra® offers a line of round breast implants filled with HSC silicone gel to help patients achieve a round, firm breast augmentation. These implants provide a fuller upper pole appearance while allowing for a more dramatic outward projection from the chest.
With Sientra® high-strength cohesive gel implants, your breast projection will be the same above and below the nipple (upper and lower pole), so your breasts appear more natural and full. Many patients are interested in HSC silicone gel implants because they provide successful, long-lasting breast augmentation surgery results.
HSC silicone gel implants are available in smooth and textured options to help you achieve your ideal feel and look. TRUE Texture™ is a textured implant shell that reduces the risk of complications after surgery, such as implant slippage and capsular contracture.
Three different levels of projection are available with HSC round implants to fit your needs. It is important to note that different body types will benefit from different profile options. Please speak with Dr. Linder to determine which option is right for you based on your needs, aesthetic desires, and body frame.
Round Low Profile HSC Implant
Round implants with a low profile have a wider base diameter and provide less outward projection. This implant type is most beneficial for women with broad shoulders who wish for natural, subtle augmentation results. These implants have a maximum volume of 700cc.
Round Moderate Plus HSC Implant
Round Moderate Plus HSC implants have a mid-range base diameter with moderate projection. Average-sized women most commonly benefit from this implant type because it provides natural yet noticeable breast projection. The maximum volume for Round Moderate Plus HSC implants is 695cc.
Round High Profile HSC Implant
Round implants with a high profile have a small base diameter but high projection. This implant type is most beneficial for petite women who wish for more breast fullness and projection. Round High Profile HSC implants have a maximum volume of 565cc.
This line of implants features Sientra’s round implant filled with HSC silicone gel. What’s great about round implants? They provide a fuller upper bust line with a breast shape that’s more dramatic in terms of outward projection from the chest wall. Round implants give a similar level of projection both above and below the nipple line.
Round HSC implants have both smooth and textured options. The textured variety is called TRUE Texture™. This textured implant shell is designed to reduce the risk of implant slippage and capsular contracture.
HSC round implants are available with three different levels of projection.
Round Low Profile HSC Implant – Low-projection implants have a wider diameter and less outward projection, with a maximum volume of 700cc.
Round Moderate Plus HSC Implant – Moderate-plus implants have mid-range diameter and projection and maximum volume of 695cc.
Round High Profile HSC Implant – High-projection implants have less diameter but create a bust line with more upper fullness. They have a maximum volume of 565cc.
MENTOR® MEMORYSHAPE® BREAST IMPLANTS
MENTOR® MemoryShape® implants use a unique cohesive gel that promotes a smooth, natural silhouette. These teardrop-shaped implants provide a soft, natural feel and shape that patients want while offering a range of profiles for increased implant projection, fullness, and firmness.
MENTOR® MEMORYGEL® XTRA BREAST IMPLANTS
MENTOR® MemoryGel® implants provide a soft, natural feel while offering a wide selection of profiles and sizes. These implants are filled with the proprietary cohesive gel that MENTOR® has become known for. MemoryGel® XTRA breast implants offer all of the benefits of MemoryGel® implants with two additional profiles: MemoryGel® XTRA Moderate Plus and MemoryGel® XTRA High Profile. MemoryGel® XTRA breast implants provide more projection by base width, and the cohesive gel holds together to increase fullness without the round look of a high-profile implant. Because these implants are slightly overfilled, they are less prone to rippling; however, even with this overfilling, they remain softer and more natural than many of its counterparts. MENTOR® XTRA implants offer a higher profile than the traditional Moderate Profile Plus. This profile allows for the more forward projection of the breast and is beneficial for patients who are experiencing early ptosis or sagging. These implants are available in both textured or smooth surface shells.
MENTOR® SALINE-FILLED BREAST IMPLANTS
MENTOR® Saline-Filled Breast Implants are inflated before and after the implantation with sterile isotonic saline. These implants are firmer to the touch (compared to gel-filled implants) and offer a wide variety of options for shape, volume, and projection. MENTOR® Saline-Filled Breast Implants are available in round or CONTOUR PROFILE® shapes with moderate plus or high-profile projection options. Since these implants are filled both before and after implantation, allow the surgeon to gradually add fluid over several months, adjusting the implant size until the patient reaches their perfect fit. MENTOR® Saline-Filled Implants can reduce the number of surgeries as they eliminate the requirement of separate expanders.
Smooth Round Moderate Plus Profile Style 2000
MENTOR® Style 2000 is a saline-filled implant with a smooth texture and a moderate plus profile that adds dimension to the breast and higher projection than the Style 1600 MENTOR® implant.
MENTOR® Style 3000 saline implant is ideal for women with a narrower chest wall as it provides greater projection while better and more comfortably fitting a petite woman’s build.
Dr. Linder explains why it is very important to keep multiple breast implants of the same kind before performing any surgery requiring breast implants. We always keep at least three of each size and style, just in case we discover a defect or see a rare rupture, tear, or pop during the breast implant placement.