Getting the right BOOBIES for you!

When looking at before and after photos when thinking about having a breast augmentation, do you ever wonder, “What does all that mean?” Saline or silicone, high or low profile, sub muscular or sub glandular, periareolar or inframammary incision? Say again??

27 y/o 5’2″ 124lbs. 350cc smooth wall silicone gel prosthesis (moderate profile) subglandular placement, inframmary approach.

Let’s break it down!


Left: Silicone
Right: Saline

Many women and plastic surgeons prefer the look and feel of silicone breast implants. Silicone breast implants are generally considered to be more like real breast tissue. Saline implants are more prone to causing rippling of the skin because of the liquid consistency of the implant. Silicone is made with a more cohesive silicone gel substance that holds it’s shape inside the shell of the implant. However, saline implants are slightly more inexpensive than silicone.

What is the “PROFILE” of a breast implant?

Breast implants come in a variety of “profiles”. There are low profile, moderate profile, moderate plus profile, high profile, extra full profile/projection, etc. High profile breast implants usually have a narrower base and project more than low or moderate profile breast implants.

The type of profile you need will depend on your anatomy. If you have a wide breast base, you may not be able to use a high profile breast implant. If you have a petite build, don’t assume that your small size automatically qualifies you for high profile implants, because it does not. You can be 4’10″, 85lbs, and still have a wide breast base.

While some women want high profile breast implants because of the projection they offer, others want wide implants (moderate or low profile) so that they can have “side-boobs”. Again, you don’t want an implant that doesn’t “fit” your anatomy.


Subglandular (sub-mammary) means over the chest muscle and under the breast tissue.
Submuscular (sub-pectoral) means under the chest muscle.
The placement of your implant is dependent on your aesthetic choice and your doctor’s advice based on the current shape and condition of your breast tissue.


Above you will see the most common incision sites for implant placement and the medical names.

There are several decisions to make when deciding to have a breast augmentation. With the right knowledge, making those decisions can be a really fun part of the process!!!

Before and After photos provided by Dr. Vincent Zubowicz

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