Breast implants come in a wide array of shapes, styles, sizes, and profiles. When one thinks of a breast implant profile, they think of it in terms of how much it projects (sticks out, so to speak). In round breast implants, the higher the profile gets, the narrower the width of the breast implant becomes. The higher the projection, the "rounder" the the breast implant itself becomes. See the images below for more information.
Round Breast Implant Profiles at a Glance
Low Profile Breast Implant
The implant pictured is a Mentor low profile breast implant. As you can see, it does not have a great deal of projection. Low profile breast implants have the widest base.
Moderate Profile Breast Implant
Moderate profile breast implants have more projection than low profile breast implants, and their bases are a little narrower.
Moderate Plus Profile Breast Implant
This is a Mentor Moderate Plus profile breast implant. It is the next step up from the moderate profile. This implant has more projection than the moderate profile, and a narrower base.
High Profile Breast Implant
This is a Mentor High Profile breast implant. High profile breast implants offer a great deal of projection. Their bases are also narrower, so the implant has more of a "ball" shape when compared to a low profile implant or a moderate profile breast implant. These implants can offer more upper pole fullness to the breast.
Ultra High Profile Breast Implant
Pictured at the left is another Mentor breast implant. This is the Ultra High Profile. This particular profile offers the greatest amount of projection, and they also have the narrowest base. These implants offer the most upper pole fullness to the breast.
Anatomical Breast Implant Profiles
Anatomical breast implants also come in various profiles. Unlike round implants, anatomicals are also measured in height. The height also plays a small role in projection, since height is the measurement that determines how tall the implant is.
The photo to the left shows shows the Mentor CPG breast implant in their "tall" height. As you can see, they have various projections. Other anatomical breast implants may have low profiles, or extra high profiles. The terms "profile" and "projection" are often interchangeable when it comes to anatomical breast implants. For example, the Natrelle Style 410FF is referred to as "full height/ full projection". As you can see," projection" means the same thing as "profile".
If you wish to have a great deal of upper fullness, you may select a full height, full projection breast implant, assuming that that is the implant you need (for your anatomy and starting point) to give you the most upper pole fullness and projection. Lower height anatomical breast implants also offer full projection. It is important to discuss how these different implants will affect your final outcome.
Breast Implant Profile Options for You
No one is a candidate for every single breast implant available. Your breast width, also known as BWD (breast width diameter) plays a large role in implant size and profile. This page will show you how to properly measure your breast width, but keep in mind that your surgeon is the most knowledgeable about BWD and breast implant diameter. If your surgeon tells you that the implant size you want is too wide, you should either take his or her advice, or get a couple of other opinions. You never want to try to force a surgeon into using a certain size and type of breast implant unless it is safe for you to use that size without risking complications, nor do you want a surgeon that will allow you to tell him or her how to do their job. Remember, they are the experts.
You can measure your breast width with a soft tape measure. In the photo below, the blue lines (C & D) represent the inner and outer sides of the breast. With a soft tape measure, start at the inner side (line C) of the breast, in the cleavage area, and measure across to the breast ends on the outer side, by the arm (line D). Do not start dead in the middle of your chest. Start at where your breast begins in the cleavage. If you don't measure correctly, you'll have the wrong measurements, which will not be helpful to you.
Be sure to measure in centimeters since breast implant dimensions are in centimeters.
It is important to note that you do not have to get an implant that is the exact same size as your breast width. However, if your breast width is 12.0cm you probably don't want to select an implant with a diameter of 16.5cm. Doing so could cause problems such as symmastia. Again, talk with your surgeon and find out what options best work for you, then narrow down size.