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What are High Profile Breast Implants?

Both Allergan and Mentor, the two implant manufacturers in the U.S., offer high profile implants both in saline and silicone gel for Breast Augmentation in Lousiville, Kentucky.

When I see a woman considering implants, one of the most important issues I consider is the base width of her breast. In other words, how wide is the breast. A “normal” breast is 16 or 17 cm wide. That being said I see lots of women whose breast is more narrow than that, maybe 13-15 cm wide. Well, if we put a moderate profile implant in this woman, the implant may be wider than her natural breast which can leave her with too much breast out on the side. The only option is to downsize the implant volume but this may force you to choose an implant that is too small. So, a moderate profile implant may not work very well.

This is where high profile implants come into play. If you take two implants that are both 400cc’s, one high profile and one moderate and sit them side by side, you can see an obvious difference. The high profile implant will be more narrow but it projects more. The result is that it fits nicely behind a narrow breast but still gives a very nice, full appearance to the breasts because of the better projection.

The implants are all the same though in their construction, risks, benefits etc…so from a safety standpoint there is no difference between moderate and high profile for either the saline or gel implant lines.

Lee Corbett, MD


All posts on this blog are authored by Louisville cosmetic breast surgeon Dr. Lee Corbett. Dr. Corbett specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery including  breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast reductions.

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