When the FDA approved the return of silicone implants in 2006 after removing approval for 10 years to conduct more research, doctors and patients both were pleased. Most people believe that silicone implants feel more like natural breast tissue than saline implants.
Still, some women are uneasy with silicone implants. They worry about what is known as “silent rupture.” This is where the implant ruptures, but the woman has no idea because, unlike saline, the implant doesn’t deflate. These women would rather have saline implants, but don’t like the potential wrinkles and creases, and unnatural feel of saline implants.
That presented a hard choice for our Austin Cosmetic Surgery patients. But there is another option. It’s an option that is unknown to many women — Ideal Implants. These implants are made with a unique method that gives them a natural feel and youthful look, without using silicone gel. Ideal Implants have undergone 10 years of development, testing, and refinement and were approved by the FDA in 2014. We think they’re worth putting into consideration when doing your research for breast augmentation with the team here at Austin Cosmetic Surgery.
Saline that feels natural
The downside to saline implants has been twofold: unnatural feel and a higher possibility of the implant wrinkling. To address the feel, the Ideal Implant was designed for women who want a natural look and feel but don’t want silicone. The innovative design is the key. A series of implant shells are nested together and two separate chambers hold the saline solution. The unique internal structure controls movement of the saline for a more natural feel, while reducing folding, which is thought to be the main cause of saline implant rupture and deflation.
As for wrinkling, the design, with two separate chambers of saline solution, mitigates that. Plus, to eliminate the possibility of seeing the implant edge, the edges have been lowered for a more natural contouring to the chest wall.
Stringent manufacturing processes
The Ideal Implant is called a “structured breast implant,” and the design is unique to the aesthetic industry. It is made from safe and proven breast implant materials, and they contain no silicone gel or new untested materials. The Ideal Implant is made using advanced robotics to achieve greater product consistency.
The advantages of the Ideal Implant
No woman likes the nagging concern of the possible rupture of a silicone implant. The Ideal Implant offers many of the benefits of saline and silicone gel implants without some of the drawbacks:
- Youthful shape and natural feel
- Filled with saline that is safely absorbed by the body if rupture occurs
- No sticky silicone gel from ruptured implants in surrounding tissues
- No silent rupture — you’ll know if your implants are intact
- Lower rupture rate and higher rupture strength
- Requires a smaller incision than silicone gel implants
- No costly MRIs needed to detect silicone gel rupture
- Smooth surface
At Austin Cosmetic Surgery, we’re believers in the Ideal Implant. We think you should include it in your research when considering your breast augmentation options. To schedule a consultation, please call us at (512) 688-8000 in Lakeway or at (480) 947-7700 in Scottsdale, Arizona.