High profile implants on small frame can provide natural results provided that their base diameter reflects the patient’s chest and breast measurement.
But before we delve into the exact effects of high profile implants, it is important to understand the impact of profile or forward projection on the surgery’s results.
Implant profile refers to how much it projects off the chest wall. Hence, low, moderate, and high profile implants of the same volume or size give different results.
In the past, moderate profile implants were the only option. Also referred to as classic or standard profile, they have a relatively wide base, while their forward projection is similar to the appearance of perky, un-operated breasts.
High profile implants, meanwhile, have high projection although they appear narrower on frontal view.
At the other end of the spectrum is the low profile implant, which has the least amount of projection but occupies more space at the chest.
Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smiley says high profile implants on small frame generally provide more fullness in the upper breast pole, somewhat similar to the lifting effect of push-up bra.
The additional fullness does not appeal to every woman and so it is a sacrosanct rule to identify each patient’s cosmetic goals prior to surgery.
In general, high profile breast implants suit women with narrow frame whose cosmetic goals include more fullness in the upper breast pole and more noticeable breast projection on profile view.
Due to their additional forward projection, high profile implants also appear bigger than low and moderate profile implants of the same size.
Meanwhile, some patients deliberately avoid high profile implants due to the purported unnatural look (globular shape). But the truth is, this untoward “effect” is more commonly associated with saline implants, which are filled with sterile saltwater solution.
Whereas, high profile silicone implants generally provide a more natural result in terms of feel and shape thanks to their filler material, which is made of medical-grade silicone gel.
Also, silicone implants are less likely to ripple than saline implants. Shell rippling is closely tied to implant failure and so silicone implants are perceived to have a longer lifespan.