The IDEAL implant: Any opinions?
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Ideal Structured Saline Implants - the closest we have to the "perfect" breast implant
Ideal implant avoids silicone problems
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The #IDEALIMPLANT contains no silicone gel,has a natural feel because of its unique design with an internal structure for optimal shape. The 5 year data indicates a lower capsular contracture rate than most saline or silicone implants available. The peace of mind factor concerning a silent rupture with silicone implants is significant for many of my patients. Instead of a MRI scan they just need to look in the mirror to know that their implant is intact.
The IDEAL implant
I believe that the IDEAL implant provides a good option for women considering breast augmentation. Traditional saline implants have the problem of being too firm, or having visible wrinkling along the edges of the implant. I think that both of these problems are significantly reduced, or even eliminated in some cases with the IDEAL implant. I think that when you compare the IDEAL implant to a silicone implant under the skin you would have a very difficult time determining which is which. Additionally, patients with saline filled implants do not need to get MRI screenings every several years to check for possible rupture. For a patient that is concerned about silicone implants (even though these devices have been proven to be very safe), the IDEAL implant offers a great option. I would recommend talking to a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who offers several different kinds of implants so you can compare the pros and cons for yourself. Best of luck!
Ideal Implants offer many advantages
The Ideal Implant is a new class of implants called Structured Saline Implants. Compared to traditional saline implants, which have a single layered outer shell, the structured saline ideal implants, have multiple shells or layers providing a more natural structure to the traditional saline implant.
This is a game changer in many ways. The layered shells eliminate the wrinkling or rippling that is so problematic with traditional saline. In addition, the implants look and feel the same as a silicone cohesive gel implant that we commonly use today. I often place both implants under a cloth towel and ask the patients to differentiate the silicone from the structured saline ideal implant. Unanimously, patients cannot feel or see a difference. Hence, in clothing, the look and feel of these ideal implants replicates silicone implants, and it does not wrinkle or ripple, as traditional saline implants do.
Lastly, many women will find comfort in not having to worry if their silicone implant is ruptured, or having to spend money every 2 years to obtain an MRI to test their implants. With saline implants, the deflation is immediate and obvious to the patient, making it easier to address the rupture and lessen patient anxiety. Plus, the saline fluid that constitutes your implant is the same saline fluid used when a patient gets iv fluids. Hence, your body absorbs it quickly and immediately.
The IDEAL implant is a very nice and well-studied saline implant. Yes, it has a much better feel than traditional saline implants. Find a board certified plastic surgeon with expertise in cosmetic breast surgery to give you all the options for your breast augmentation - know before you go!
A Viable Alternative to Silicone Gel Implants
Ideal Implants have been available to the general public for some time now. Although I was not one of the original investigators, I have been intrigued with the idea of a new breast implant that can satisfy the need for a very natural looking and feeling breast, without the significant drawbacks of silicone gel implants. What drawbacks? Silent (asymptomatic) rupture is the biggest problem with silicone breast implants. The FDA states that an intact silicone breast implant is safe and effective, but a ruptured silicone implant should be promptly removed from the body. Unfortunately, there is no definite way to determine if your silicone implant is ruptured, since the size remains essentially the same following rupture. Because rupture rates of silicone implants rise according to the length of time they are inside of the body, the FDA has recommended that all women undergoing silicone breast augmentation, undergo an MRI exam after 3 years and then every 2 years after that for as long as they have silicone implants in. Even MRI can miss over 10% of ruptured silicone breast implants, and a positive MRI for a ruptured implant can be wrong up to 10% of the time.
The Ideal Implant is specially constructed to perform similar to a silicone gel implant, with a soft, consistent natural feel, and less likelihood of visible or palpable rippling. The major advantage over silicone is that the Ideal Implant is filled with natural saline solution, which will simply be safely absorbed by your body if the implant should rupture.
In conclusion, I think that you are wise to consider the Ideal Implant as a viable and actually better alternative to silicone gel breast implants.
The IDEAL implant: Any opinions?
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