Has anyone seen the results of the 'Ideal Implant' with the separate chambers of saline and layers within the implant?
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Ideal implant examples
Because Ideal implants are relatively new, finding photos can be a bit difficult. I know that one of my patients just did a long blog about her ideal implants and posted a LOT of photos... and there are a few patients on my website as well.
In my breast augmentation practice in Santa Barbara, I try to align patients with implants that will give them the best outcome based on their body and their goals- the Ideal implant is a great implant but has more projection than some other implants that some patients prefer. The patients I find that can look most natural with these implants have a relatively narrow chest wall but are not excessively thin- more proportioned women will do very nicely with this structured saline implant.
Discuss your options with your surgeon but find someone who can offer many different implant options so you can get an individualized outcome.
Ideal Implant - an added choice for women
Thanks for your question. The Ideal Implant is an FDA approved implant. It is a saline filled implant, but differs from a traditional saline implant in that it has multiple chambers and baffling system so that the overall feel of the implant is much more natural, approaching the feel of a silicone implant. It is referred to as a structured implant because of this new design. The compelling feature of this implant, besides its more natural feel, is the fact that MRIs are not necessary to detect an implant rupture, because if the implant were to rupture, it would deflate like a traditional saline implant. Therefore, if the implanted breast looks and feels normal, a woman can have the peace of mind of knowing that there is no silent rupture, like with a silicone implant.
As in planning any breast augmentation, a consultation by a board certified Plastic Surgeon to understand a patient's medical history and expectation for surgery, as well as a detailed physical exam to asses the dimensions and characteristics of the patient's breasts are necessary to design a customized treatment plan. Presently, a full range of Ideal Implants sizes are available to accommodate most patients and meet their expectations.
Thanks for your question. The IDEAL implant is a big improvement over other saline implants. While close, it is not as natural feeling as a silicone implant. The major benefit over silicone, however, is not needing follow up MRIs for detection of rupture. I suggest you meet with a reputable board certified Plastic Surgeon for an exam and to discuss your options. Good luck!
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