Breast implant advances in recent years have almost exclusively involved changes to silicone gel filled devices. Case in point: The breast augmentation patients at my Vancouver-area practice who conceptually prefer saline-filled implants have essentially had the same options that patients had 20 years earlier.
That has all changed with the introduction of the IDEAL IMPLANT. YES Medspa and Cosmetic Surgery Centre is one of the first practices in the Vancouver area to offer breast augmentation with IDEAL IMPLANTS. So, what is the IDEAL IMPLANT, and why does it represent a fundamental shift in breast implant technology?
For the answer, let’s take a closer look at the implant’s unique design.
The Implant Design
Think of a water balloon and you get a pretty good idea of how traditional saline breast implants move and feel. Most patients favor the latest generation of silicone gel implants over saline, because they tend to feel and move much more like natural breast tissue.
The innovative design of the IDEAL IMPLANT gives it a firmer shape, so it moves and feels less like a water balloon and more like natural breast tissue. The implant includes internal shells that create 2 separate chambers for the saline solution, which allows it to hold its shape more readily and limit sloshing. Women who choose the IDEAL IMPLANT have 14 round higher profile sizes to choose from, as well, enough to meet the cosmetic goals of the majority of patients.
The IDEAL IMPLANT provides women the first truly unique choice among saline filled breast implants in 20 years. Versus other implants, it has several advantages:
- Minimizes the risk of visible rippling and wrinkling
- Has a more natural feel than other saline implants
- Eliminates the risk of a “silent rupture” that can occur with silicone gel-filled implants
A “silent rupture” refers to the fact that women with cohesive silicone gel implants aren’t aware if the implant does crack or rupture. The implant maintains its shape because of the gel’s cohesiveness, but some women worry that the silicone will gradually seep into surrounding tissue. The risk of a silent rupture is quite small, but they can occur. Cohesive silicone gel implant manufacturers and the FDA recommend that women with these devices undergo an MRI of the breast every few years to identify silent ruptures. This is unnecessary with saline filled implants.
Planning for Your Surgery
Choosing the type of breast implant — whether it’s the IDEAL IMPLANT, a traditional saline-filled implant, or one of the several types of cohesive silicone gel — is only one of many choices for women pursuing breast augmentation surgery. During the consultation, I help guide patients to understand how their tissues influence my recommendations and ultimately what will give them the best aesthetic results and just as important what will give them the least number of problems over their lifetime. 20 years as a Plastic Surgeon and several thousand breast augmentation procedures helps patients to make the right choice for them.