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New Breast Implant Available: FDA Approves Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive Breast Implants

breast-implantsAdvancements in plastic surgery have led to the development of new breast implants that can offer women even better results from breast surgeries. Each newly developed product must be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so that patients can be assured of its safety for use. Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive breast implants have recently been approved by the FDA and are now being offered as an excellent option for breast implants here at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery.

Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive Breast Implants

The new Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive breast implants are designed for a soft feel with the fullest roundness. Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive implants are filled with cohesive silicone gel and are available in multiple sizes and projections so that women can personalize their look. Due to their high gel-fill ratio and highly cohesive gel, Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive implants offer improved fullness and roundness to provide patients with more customizable options. These implants are also more likely to maintain their shape long-term and may reduce the risk of implant irregularities and rippling. The cohesive gel in Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive breast implants helps the implants resist tissue compression and minimizes distortion and gel migration in the unlikely event of implant rupture.

Now Available at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

Dr. Schlechter is now offering Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive implants to provide his breast augmentation, breast revision, and breast reconstruction patients with more options that can help them achieve the best possible results. Patients who are most likely to benefit from these new implants are those who desire a fuller and rounder look, patients with thin breast tissue who are at a higher risk of rippling, patients who need lower breast pole expansion, and patients who are undergoing breast reconstruction with implants. With Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive breast implants now approved by the FDA, many more women will be able to experience even better results and achieve their aesthetic goals with breast surgery.

To learn more about the newly approved Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive breast implants or other breast implant options available at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery, schedule your personal consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Benjamin Schlechter, MD, FACS. Please call us at (610) 624-2740 or complete our online contact form to request your consultation today.

Breast Implant Warranties Improved for 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-03 at 3.00.43 PMThere is a lot of confusion among patients as to what their breast implant warranty covers following augmentation surgery. There is a distinction in warranties between saline and gel implants, and a slight difference among the various manufacturers; Allergan, Mentor and Sientra. Registration for the warranty varies between medical practices, but whenever there is a fee to the patient for an upgraded warranty, the patient is responsible for doing that themselves online within 45 days of their surgery. Beginning with saline implants, there is lifetime replacement coverage for a rupture, or deflation. In this situation the companies also provide a contralateral implant (for the non-affected implant) within a comparable size range. For the first ten years if something does happen to the implant the manufacturers may also provide financial assistance as well, to help cover the cost of the doctor replacing the defective implant. To obtain or increase the financial assistance there may be a fee of $200, this is often referred to as the enhanced warranty. It is important to understand that while the implant itself is covered by warranty for the lifetime, the financial assistance ends after ten years. It is highly recommended that all patients with saline implants purchase the enhanced warranty when available, as the standard plan may offer no financial assistance, and even if it does the standard financial assistance is not enough to cover the surgeon’s fees.

Screen Shot 2015-02-03 at 3.01.11 PMThe warranty for gel or silicone implants is slightly better coverage. Again, the implants themselves are covered for life if a rupture or defect occurs. It is possible for the doctor to get a contralateral (other side), implant at no charge as well, within a comparable size range. The financial assistance for most companies is $3500 to help cover the surgeon’s fees, if there is an issue during the first ten years following surgery. The improvement in the warranty beginning in November 2014, is that the companies will not provide a replacement implant at no charge if the patient has a capsular contracture, which occurs in 15% of all implant patients according to the national data. The restriction is that it must be within the first 3, or 10 years depending on the manufacturer, and it must be what they refer to as Baker lll/lV, which means the severity of the contracture must be on the higher end. It does not cover a very mild case of capsular contracture. The grade is determined by the physician. Some companies also provide financial assistance for capsular contracture, others do not, so be sure to have an understanding after your consult of exactly what the warranty will cover regarding capsular contracture. To further complicate things for the consumer, one company does offer an enhanced version of the capsular contracture warranty, so that if an additional fee is paid by the patient after surgery, the warranty time period extends from 3 to 10 years of coverage. If an enhanced warranty is offered on the gel implants it is highly recommended that the patient purchase it. Always ask the doctor with whom you are consulting with how often he encounters these situations, as it can vary greatly. The staff at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery is very thorough about reviewing the warranty coverage for the implants with each patient.

Breast Implant Exchange Myths

Breast Revision, Wyomissing, PA

Breast Implant ExchangeSince breast implants are not lifetime devices, it is no surprise that several myths have surfaced about breast revision surgery and breast implant exchange. Whether you desire a different size, correction from a complication, or you simply no longer wish to have your implants, here are some of the most widely believed myths about breast implant exchange, debunked.


Myth 1: I must get my breast implants replaced after ten years.

Many women think that they must have their implants replaced after ten years, when, in fact, ten years is simply the average amount of time that passes before most women have them replaced. After ten years, the patient may have grown dissatisfied with the size she originally chose for her breast implants. Or, she may have gone through pregnancy or breastfeeding and her implants no longer provide the enhanced shape or volume they did when they were first placed.

The risk for developing complications from breast augmentation with implants also increases with time. If ten years have passed, there are no complications, and the patient is still happy with the way her breasts look, most surgeons see no need to replace them.


Myth 2: If I exchange my breast implants for a smaller size, I will have loose skin.

If you decide to replace large implants with smaller ones, there is a chance you will experience excess skin, but this is highly dependent on your unique situation. The most straightforward way for your surgeon to determine the amount of breast sagging is to simulate smaller breasts by deflating the implants. This procedure is done under local anesthetic while the patient is awake. Of course, this can only be done if the initial implants are saline filled. Excess skin may be easier to predict if you are choosing a significantly smaller size than your initial implants. Your surgeon may recommend a breast lift along with implant replacement when this is the case, as a breast lift will eliminate any loose skin.


Myth 3: Two surgeries are required for breast implant exchange.

Many women believe that if they have their implants removed, they must allow their breasts to heal for several months before receiving new implants in a secondary surgery. The majority of the time, breast implant exchange can be performed during one procedure, but this is dependent on the patient’s unique circumstances. If there is a significant amount of aesthetic correction to be made (e.g., the nipple must be adjusted significantly, or a breast lift must be performed), two surgeries may provide the best results. Two surgeries may likely be advised if the reason for implant replacement is due to an infection.


Myth 4: My breasts will look deflated if I choose to remove and not replace my implants.

If you have your implants removed but not replaced, you may experience sagging skin or other undesirable cosmetic changes to your natural breasts such as dimpling, wrinkling, puckering, or breast tissue loss. These issues can be avoided by combining breast implant removal with a breast lift. Dr. Schlechter also performs breast augmentation with fat transfer to provide natural-looking augmented breasts without the use of implants.


Dr. Benjamin Schlechter has been performing secondary breast augmentation for more than 20 years at his practice in Wyomissing, PA. If you are interested in this procedure, please schedule a consultation at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery by calling (610) 624-2740 to schedule your appointment.

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