The only brand of breast implants I've heard of are Mentor. Are these the best kind of breast implants to get and do lots of surgeons recommend them?
Mentor vs. Natrelle Breast Implants
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Naturelle or Mentor
I use both of these manufactures implants in my practice. They are both excellent products carefully evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness and longevity.
So which one should you use? The one that fits you and your goals best.
Each company has a low, moderate,and high profile version. Each has shaped implants and each offers Silicone or saline.
We keep sizers from both brands for patients to try on in my offices. The dimensions are slightly different between the two companies and you and your plastic surgeon should try on different sizers to find out which manufacturers product best achieves your goals.
Breast Implants Natrelle, Mentor and now Sientra - Find a plastic who has used them all
You can give two chefs the same recipe but the outcome may be very different. Take time doing research on your plastic surgeon. Excellent surgical training and lots and lots of consistent photos are a must.
Are Mentor or Natrelle implants better?
It is my opinion that both implant manufacturers produce a consistently high quality product, evidenced by the outstanding warranty programs both offer.
Most often the choice of manufacturer for a surgeon comes down to what they are comfortable and familiar with... I have been using Mentor implants for years, and am extremely comfortable and familiar with the dimensions of the implants, so using them allows me to achieve predictably good results for my patients. I know and respect surgeons who feel as strongly that Natrelle is all they would use. I think the best way to think about this is to use the analogy of luxury cars- this is like asking if Mercedes or BMW is better... you will find some people on both sides of the fence, but the truth is they are both great cars.
Having said all of that, it is important to emphasize to you that the most important consideration in terms of maximizing your chances of getting the superior outcome you desire, and of minimizing your risk in general. is to choose your surgeon wisely. The old saying "it's the carpenter, not his tools" applies here- so don't worry as much about the implants- but be very careful who you let put them in.
Here is a bit more advice on choosing a surgeon:
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Natrelle and Mentor are essentially the same
Natrelle and Mentor are both high quality manufacturers of breast implants. We can discuss the subtle differences in the shell but I feel that they are essentially the same. Once implanted no surgeon could tell which implant you have. The reason surgeons use one over the other is because of familiarity of the product, which one they used in thier training, and service provided by the company rep. You won't go wrong with either implant. The important thing is the surgeons skill at breast augmentation.
Breast implant manufacturers
There are two different manufacturers in the United States whose silicone breast implants have been approved for use with conditions by the Federal Food and Drug Administration. These are Mentor and Allergan.
Silicone implants were approved with conditions in November of 2006. The FDA stated that plastic surgeons could place silicone breast implants in women over 22 for aesthetic breast augmentation, and in women of any age for breast reconstruction. That being said, the FDA mandates device tracking for all silicone implants, MRI follow up at regular intervals to assess for shell integrity, and an informed consent process that includes the patient in risk/benefit/tradeoff evaluation and decision-making. These are all positive things, and both companies strive to abide by the FDA guidelines.
I have used both Mentor and Allergan breast implants quite extensively and have experienced top notch customer service and outcomes with silicone breast implants regardless of which of the two manufacturers it was purchased from.
I think the main issue a BA patient should focus on is doing their research and going to a well-qualified, board certified plastic surgeon who does a large volume of quality breast augmentation surgeries in order to optimize their outcome and final result.
Mentor vs. Natrelle Breast Implants. Should I prefer one over the other?
Both of these companies produce well-tested, highly respected products with long track records in the United States. As competitors they like to emphasize different statistics with regard to their longevity, failure rates and degree to which gel can microscopically migrate across the shell. From a practical standpoint I have never been able to find a difference between them that matters, so I use both. It is helpful to have both as options because the sizes differ slightly. For example, if using Allergan Natrelle gel implants in moderate profile, the size increments are 234 cc, 265 cc, 284 cc, 304 cc. Mentor’s comparable implants are sized 225, 250, 275 and 304 cc’s. There are similar differences for saline implants.
In my opinion, both implant manufacturers produce implants that are perfectly acceptable for their intended use.
Which brand of implants is best
Allergan and Mentor are the two manufacturers of impalnts approved by the FDA for use in this country. I have used both and have no issues with either. Both are excellent and well made. You can't go wrong with either. My suggestion si to select the PS yo ufeel most comfortable with, then use whatever brand implant he is most comfortable.
Mentor and Natrelle
Mentor and Allergan (who make Natrelle implants) are the two companies that manufacture silicone breast implants in the US. Both are approved by the FDA for breast augmentation and reconstruction.
The choice between the two is usually determined by which company your surgeon works with more. For myself, I find that Mentor provides more patient education materials and therefore I tend to use their implants more often. However, there is very little difference between the two implants and their safety profiles are very similar.
Mentor or Allergan breast implants?
Hi Tina -
Mentor and Allergan are the makers of silicone breast implants in North America. They both have similar warranties, safety profiles etc.
It would be very difficult to say which implant is better - it usually comes down to surgeon preference. It's like asking whether Coke or Pepsi is the better drink - it depends on who you ask.
I personally use Mentor implants - they are the ones that I learned to use during my residency and I have continued to use them in my own practice. The company has great customer support.
You are getting a great quality product if you go with either Mentor or Allergan.
Mentor vs Natrelle
Mentor and Natrelle are both excellent implants. These are the only 2 implants companies which are available in North America. They are both approved by the FDA and Health and Welfare Canada. We use both of these implants in our practice. These two companies have almost identical warranties. The implants have no significant differences in performance and longevity. However the implants have other differences which in some cases make them significantly different from each other. This means that in some patients, one of these implants may be preferable to another in a specific patients case. Consultation with your plastic surgeon will help you decide which implant is best for you.