Breast Implant “Profiles”…what does it all mean

Breast implant profilesBreast Augmentation is the most requested cosmetic surgery in the U.S. every year and has been for many years running. As its popularity continues to increase, the variety of implants has increased as well. I’d like to take a minute to go over the different Profile options as this is confusing for many patients.

For decades implants came  “one size fits all’ however now there are many profile options: Ultra High, High, Moderate, and Low ª. What the ‘profile’ of the implant refers to is its’ width and its’ height or projection.

For example, if you have two implants that are both filled with 350cc, the high profile won’t be as wide as a moderate profile implant, but it will project out more. The higher the profile in the order the more narrow the implant and the more it projects. What this allows for is the more narrow breasted woman to get more volume or the appearance of more volume.

Other than that, there is no difference in the implants at all. They are made the same way, have the same warranty, and the cost is the same. It just allows us to best suit the needs of our patients who all come in different shapes and sizes.

Lee E Corbett, MD

Medical Director Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MedSpa

ª Mentor, Allergan and Sientra are the three manufacturers of implants and they each have their own profile nomenclature.

Swelling after Surgery

By far the most common questions I field in my Aesthetic Surgery practice following a surgery concern swelling. This is true for facial surgery, breast surgery and body contouring. “Is this normal ?” and “When will it go away ?” are usually the main ones. Well, it is completely normal for your tissues to swell after surgery and it will go away at different speeds depending what was done and the body part. Here’s why…

When you have surgery, your tissues are ‘injured’, albeit in a very controlled, sterile environment. But all the same, the tissue does undergo an injury. Our body responds to that with an “inflammatory response”. Now the term ‘inflammation’ has gotten a bad rap of late but in reality the inflammatory response is the normal pathway by which the body heals. Part of this response is that the blood vessels in the area of the surgery will get more ‘leaky’. Blood vessels are not solid tubes, they are porous to let the cells that promote healing access the area. With this movement of cells come shifts of fluid from inside the blood vessels to to injured tissue, thus the swelling. As the healing process progresses the swelling will subside.

In general, swelling in the face resolves more quickly while the breasts and body take longer. The thighs and legs will stay swollen the longest because of gravity. So, in the face it is not unusual or unexpected to have swelling for several weeks. The breasts and torso will show swelling for 3 to 6 months typically.

There are methods to minimize the swelling that your surgeon will include as part of your aftercare so check with him/her as you prepare for your procedure. But in the end, Yes it is normal to swell and it always goes away.

Lee E. Corbett, MD

Medical Director, Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic  Surgery and MedSpa