Deciding to have breast augmentation surgery is an amazing step into a very exciting journey. But there are a lot of things to consider, which can sometimes be a bit overwhelming for patients. Not to worry though, you’ve got this! And we’re here to help every single step of the way.
We find that making the surgical process more transparent for patients eases a lot of anxiety, and with a breast augmentation, just like with any procedure, there are several steps that need to be taken before surgery day.
One of the most important ones is choosing the correct implant for you, and when you do this in consultation with your plastic surgeon there will be several things to consider. We’ll be thinking about the size of implant you want, the placement (subfascial, under or over the muscle), as well as the type of implant (cohesive gel or saline). Round smooth implants are the only ones we use. They are the safest and Health Canada Approved.
If you’ve already done your research then all of this will probably be very familiar to you. But what might be less familiar is choosing the right implant profile. Here’s what you need to know.
What is an Implant Profile and What Are Your Options?
The implant profile basically indicates how far out from your chest wall your implant is going to project when you’re standing up. When you’re choosing your implant with your plastic surgeon you’ll be thinking about the width, volume and the profile of the implant. Profiles vary from implant to implant, in other words even implants that have the same volume can have varying degrees of projection.
In general, there are low, moderate, moderate plus and high profile implants. Low and moderate profile implants will project less from your chest wall whereas moderate plus and high profile implants will project out more. That being said, there are varying degrees of projection between low, moderate, moderate plus and high profile implants, so it’s not as though you only have three choices. You’ll have a number of options to choose from.
How to Choose the Implant Profile that’s Best for You
When choosing your implant profile the two most important things to consider are your body and breast anatomy and the look you want to achieve. These are two aspects that will ensure that you get the size and end result that you are looking for.
During your consultation, your surgeon will take some measurements, and after discussing your goals, they will give you specially selected breast implant sizes based on your breast width measurement and on what your surgeon thinks will work for you.
One of the most important things is that the width of the implant fits your breast width. You’ll then be able to try a range of sizes of different projections in a sports bra. Now of course, your end result won’t look quite like what you do when trying on different sizes in the sports bra, but this will go a long way in ensuring that you get exactly what you want.
Once your implant is carefully selected, you can rest assured that your breasts will ultimately result in a beautiful natural tear drop shape while also adding upper pole fullness.