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Types of Implants

There are two types of breast implants: Silicone Breast Implants and Saline Breast Implants. Mentor offers two types of silicone breast implants- MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants and MENTOR® MemoryShape® Breast Implants. This side-by-side comparison can help you determine which implant type is right for you. Your plastic surgeon is another excellent resource with whom to discuss your options.

What should I know about breast implant shapes, profiles, sizes, and textures?


MENTOR® Silicone Implants are available in 2 distinct shapes: teardrop and round. Teardrop shaped implants, referred to as MENTOR® MemoryShape® Breast Implants, are thinner at the top and gently slope to a fuller projection point near the implant's bottom, mimicking the silhouette of a natural breast. Round breast implants, referred to as MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants, are circular and able to shift slightly once positioned without distorting the shape of the breast. Talk to your surgeon to explore different shape options and learn about which one may be right for you.


The profile of a breast implant refers to the level of forward projection from the chest wall in relation to the base width of the implant. In other words, the profile indicates the distance the implant will project from your body. A higher profile breast implant will create a more prominent silhouette than a lower profile breast implant.


Breast implant size is measured in cubic centimeters (often referred to as cc's). The larger the implant, the higher the volume of cc's will be. For example, a 300cc implant is larger than a 250cc implant. Breast implant sizes do not correspond to traditional bra cup sizes. Choosing the right size implant is generally the most important decision a woman and her surgeon will make. For an accurate, in-person visualization of how different implant sizes will affect your shape, consult a surgeon that uses the MENTOR® Volume Sizing System. Your plastic surgeon will also evaluate your existing breast tissue to determine if you have enough tissue to accommodate the desired size of breast implant. Your surgeon is the best resource for determining what size implant is best for your body.

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