Try the MENTOR® 3D Breast Implant VisualizerThe MENTOR® 3D Breast Implant Visualizer is a great way to start thinking about the desired size, lift, and profile of your new breast implants. This breast implant simulator is for illustrative purposes only, and does not serve as a substitute for a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. The 3D Visualizer serves as a tool to visualize patient results. These results provide an example of how MENTOR® Breast Implants may transform your body. Actual results may vary. Discuss with your doctor your surgical expectations. Results presented with this tool cannot be guaranteed in any way.
Why MENTOR® breast implants?
Mentor has made breast implants for more than 20 years and their breast implants are for use in both breast augmentation and breast reconstruction, are of the highest quality, and made under strict standards of design and testing. Because of this, Mentor has achieved a high level of respect in the medical community and is consistently recognized by physicians for outstanding product integrity. Millions of women worldwide have used MENTOR® Breast Implants.
Is there a warranty or guarantee from Mentor?
Yes, Mentor’s Lifetime Product Replacement Policy provides for the free lifetime product replacement on all its Breast Implants, worldwide. When implant replacement is required and the Mentor Product Replacement Policy applies, Mentor will provide — throughout the patient’s lifetime - the same or a similar MENTOR® Breast Implant at no cost. (If a more expensive product is requested, you may pay the price difference.)
What is the "profile" of a breast implant?
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.
How are breast implants sizes measured?
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.
What Size Breast Implant Should I Choose?
Many women start with a full C or mid D or Double D as their goal. Other women want to make a conservative change. Either way, bra cup size isn't the way to determine your ultimate profile. If you ask two women with exactly the same size breast what size they are, one may be absolutely certain she is a C while the other is sure she is a D. Breast size is often "in the eye of the beholder." And cup size varies between manufacturers, styles and how you wear your bra. Different style bras fit differently. Plastic surgeons do not go by cup size when planning your Breast Augmentation. Breast implant filler is measured in cc's(cubic centimeters). Your plastic surgeon will use cc's of filler in a breast implant to select the size that will ideally meet your objectives. Most women choose implants between 250cc and 675cc. Some go smaller and some go larger. The largest implant available in the United States is around 800cc.
How should I plan my breast implants?
A common mistake is using the breast implant size of someone else to influence your decision. There are three key elements in planning your augmentation that will determine the right breast implant for the result you want. How much breast tissue you have, the size of the implant you choose and your body shape and type are all factors. The same size implant on another woman may look completely different on you. That's why every Breast Augmentation begins with a consultation with Dr. Johnson, a board certified plastic surgeon. Your consultation will address these three important personal attributes in setting the breast implant size for your ideal profile.
Are there different types of breast 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. 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.
Do breast implants need to be replaced?
Implants do not have a date when they have to be routinely replaced. But little by little they do wear out. Based upon the best currently available information, many plastic surgeons tell patients to assume that the need for replacement at five-years would be about 1%, by ten years 5%, by fifteen years 25%.
Should breast implants be routinely replaced?
It is not required to just routinely replace older, still intact implants because there is no known danger to you. But the FDA recommends frequent MRI testing for silicone gel implants.
How are breast implants replaced?
Insertion of a new (same-size) implant is usually done through the original scar, regardless of whether it is in the underarm, nipple, or crease. Breast implant replacement is less involved than putting in the implant in the first place, provided that the same size or smaller implant is being inserted. Putting in larger implants during a revision is a bigger operation than putting in the implants the first time.