Advances in Breast Implant Technology
Breast Implant technology has improved immensely over the past few years. Recently, Allergan’s Natrelle® implants have been FDA approved with highly cohesive gel, which is the same silicone gel as in the Natrelle® 410 shaped implants that have been available for a few years. The Natrelle INSPIRA® line of implants has 30 percent more gel fill, which reduces the risk of rippling and also provides for potentially better projection of the implant.
Mentor®’s silicone gel implants are made in the United States at their plant in Texas, and the MemoryShape® Breast Implants have a cohesive gel fill that is quite natural filling. The use of shaped implants has gained popularity for primary breast augmentation. Implants now come in literally hundreds of sizes and shapes, which allows Dr. Schlechter to better tailor the implant to the patient and results in more accurately achieving the result the patient desires.
Saline implants continue to be available. The drawback with traditional saline implants is that the implants have a scalloped edge that can be noticeable at the side of the chest where the tissue is the thinnest over the implant. Saline implants also have an increased tendency for visible rippling, particularly in women who have smaller breasts and less soft tissue coverage of the implants.
A new generation saline implant that is FDA approved is now available, which is called the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant. The IDEAL IMPLANT® is filled with saline. However, due to its unique structure, the IDEAL IMPLANT® has the feel of a silicone gel implant without the use of silicone gel.
The feel of the IDEAL IMPLANT® is not from the saline but from internal baffles oriented inside the implant. This internal structure prevents the implant from losing volume at the upper part of the implant when the patient is upright and also prevents the fluid wave that can occur when the implant is touched. The IDEAL IMPLANT® conforms nicely to the patient’s chest wall and does not have the issues of rippling and scalloping as a traditional saline implant may have. Patients do not need to be concerned about silent rupture of the implant. If a saline implant leaks, whether it is a traditional saline implant or the IDEAL IMPLANT®, the patient will notice a deflation. The five-year risk of deflation of the IDEAL IMPLANT® is quite low.
Breast Augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed. To find out more about breast augmentation surgery, contact Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Benjamin Schlechter. Call us today at (610) 624-2740 or fill out our online consultation form.