Many of our patients feel as if they have an unwelcome decision to make when choosing the type of breast implants for their augmentation. They’ve heard that the feel of silicone implants is more akin to that of natural breast tissue, but they worry about silent rupture. When a silicone implant ruptures, there is no way to know, except through an MRI. These women would rather have saline implants, but don’t like the potential wrinkles and creases, and unnatural feel of saline implants.
But you don’t necessarily have to settle for silicone implants and worry about silent rupture. That’s where Ideal Implants come in. These implants are made with a unique method that gives them a natural feel and youthful look, without using silicone gel. Prior to their FDA approval in 2014, Ideal Implants underwent 10 years of development, testing, and refinement.
More About Ideal Implants
At Saltz Plastic Surgery, first and foremost, we want our patients to be comfortable with the decisions they are making about their bodies and potential cosmetic surgery. As we’ve discussed in this blog previously, we’ve found that many patients have mixed feelings about silicone breast implants because they can rupture without the woman knowing, a phenomenon known as “silent rupture.” In most cases, they will only know after the recommended MRI (recommended after the first three years, and then every two years for the lifespan of the implants).
That’s why Dr. Saltz likes offering his patients the choice of the Ideal Implant. This is the newest option for implants, approved by the FDA and Health Canada in late 2014. But they have 10 years of development and testing prior to that approval.
Here are some statistics patients could find relevant when comparing Ideal Implants with silicone options.
Risk of Capsular Contracture
- Allergan — 16.2%
- Mentor — 10.9%
- Sientra — 11.2%
- Ideal Implants — 6.6%
Risk of Rupture
- Allergan — 7.4%
- Mentor — 13.6%
- Sientra — 7.2%
- Ideal Implants — 2.1%
- Allergan — 3 years, and then every 2 years for life of implants
- Mentor — 3 years, and then every 2 years for life of implants
- Sientra — 3 years, and then every 2 years for life of implants
- Ideal Implants — None
- Allergan — No (sticks to tissue in breast pocket)
- Mentor — No (sticks to tissue in breast pocket)
- Sientra — No (sticks to tissue in breast pocket)
- Ideal Implants — Yes, body simply absorbs the saline water
Feel of Implant
- Allergan — Natural
- Mentor — Natural
- Sientra — Natural
- Ideal Implants — Natural
The drawback to saline implants has always been the feel — they have never felt the same as natural breast tissue. That has changed with the Ideal Implant, thanks to its innovative design.
If you’re interested in breast augmentation with Dr. Saltz, be sure to include the Ideal Implant in your research. Then when you’re ready, give us a call at our Salt Lake City office, (801) 274-9500, or our Park City office, (435) 655-6612, to set up a consultation.