Ideal breast implants vs Sientra?

I am considering my 4th breast augmentation over a 15 year period. I've had capsular contracture each time. After my last pair, I had them taken out without replacing and had full capsulectomy. That was 3 years ago. I'm considering the Sientra implant and the Ideal implant. Which is better for my situation? I also have an autoimmune condition.

Doctor Answers 6

Ideal vs Sientra implant

I think you need to strongly consider placement of acellular dermal matrix such as Strattice or its equivalent to help protect you from a recurrent contracture.

Implant choice is less of a factor vs sterile technique, pocket placement, and meticulous hemostasis.

Your autoimmune condition may play a role if you are on immunosuppressant medication.

Good luck!


Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Revision breast surgery for capsular contraction

I agree with my plastic surgery colleagues below.  Revision breast surgery can be quite complex as can recurrent capsular contracture after breast augmentation. I do not think the brand of the breast implant has much to do with the capsular contracture; however, I do prefer smooth round silicone gel breast implants compared to saline-based breast implants, which is what the Ideal implant is.  I devote a large part of my practice to revision breast surgery, specifically recurrent capsular contraction.  I think there are a number of things that can be done for this depending on what has been done before. Oftentimes in addition to new breast implants and a capsulectomy being performed, pocket or site changes need to be incorporated to provide a fresh new "tissue interface" to be in contact with the breast implant.  Site changes in conjunction with an ADM (acellular dermal matrix) can really improve recurrent capsular contraction.  I hope this helps.  Good luck!

Tough case

I would not get stuck on a brand of implant as much as pocket position position(under the muscle) and use of a internal bra/mesh(such as alloderm or strattice) along with using a textured implant if possible. These are the things we know that decrease the rate of Cap con. If you want only a modest increase in size(1 cup size or so) and you have some fat to donate from your abdomen or elsewhere, fat grafting to your breasts may be a good option for you also with your hx of breast capsule problems. 

Breast revision

sounds like you have a challenging case. As you likely understand. Each time you perform surgery on the breast, the revision surgery becomes significantly more difficult.  Sounds like contracture is the issue. Several ways to treat and prevent that issue. Implant texture, tissue support matrix (alloderm, seri, stratrice), or different implant pockets are commonly used. So the implant change may not be the only thing needed out. Sientra does have low contracture rates. The ideal implant is technically just a saline implant. With similar contracture rates.

Hope that helps and best wishes!

Dr Morales

ABPS Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Houston, TX


Rolando Morales Jr, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Capsular contracture

With 3 previous contracture problems, you are at a very high risk for capsules once again.  You might want to consider fat grafting to your breasts and stay away from implants completly, especially with your history of autoimmune disease.

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Implant options after capsular contracture

The choice of implant type is probably the least important aspect of success with your next procedure. Features such as texturing and under muscle placement might help, but the most important thing is to have a different strategy than what you have already had done. Consider using an ADM such as Strattice, which is probably the most effective protection against recurrent contracture.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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