IMPORTANT NOTE: Below you may find untouched before and after photos of patients who have granted permission to their surgeon to show them anonymously. While we protect the identities of our patients, please be advised that by their nature, these photos contain sensitive content.

Breast implants come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Women have a wide variety of options to choose from when pursuing a breast augmentation and breast lift in Virginia Beach. Whether smooth or textured, round or teardrop, all breast implants are either filled with saline or silicone gel. With so many combinations available, it is crucial to understand the differences between saline-filled and silicone gel implants when trying to determine the type of implant that will best help you accomplish your goals.

Types of Implants

Breast implants have changed throughout time as new products have come about, and preferences in breast implant sizes in Virginia Beach have changed. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration states,

There are two types of breast implants approved for sale in the United States: saline-filled and silicone gel-filled. Both types have a silicone outer shell. They vary in size, shell thickness, shell surface texture, and shape (contour) … There are several important things to consider before deciding to undergo breast implant surgery, including understanding your own expectations and reasons for having the surgery.”

A New, Innovative Breast Implant

In 2014, the FDA approved a new kind of saline-filled breast implant referred to as a “structured” implant—IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants. After ten years of extensive research and testing, the IDEAL IMPLANT was approved by the FDA based upon the results from a multi-center clinical trial of 502 women that gathered volumes of safety, manufacturing, and clinical data. The IDEAL IMPLANT is manufactured in the USA at a FDA-inspected facility using advanced robotics to uphold high quality standards and sustain greater product consistency.

The IDEAL IMPLANT is a technology-driven implant that utilizes a unique internal structure to provide the desirable aesthetic qualities, without the most commonly reported drawbacks, of both silicone gel and unstructured saline implants. The IDEAL IMPLANT is comprised of a series of shells nested together that hold two separate chambers of saline. This unique design makes the IDEAL IMPLANT very different than any other implant filled with saline.

Unstructured Saline Compared to Silicone Gel

Unstructured saline implants lack an internal structure, making their behavior similar to a water balloon, no matter the breast implant size. In Virginia Beach, women report the sterile saltwater solution sloshes around which creates a less-than-natural feel. Also, without internal support, unstructured saline implants are known to collapse when in an upright position producing a less-than-natural look. When this occurs, the collapse can cause wrinkling and rippling.  So, why would a woman choose an unstructured saline implant with these potential problems? To avoid the risk of “silent rupture” that inevitably comes with silicone gel implants.

Women with silicone gel implants can experience a “silent rupture” at any time after their breast augmentation and breast lift in Virginia Beach. While all implants can rupture or deflate, a “silent rupture” with silicone gel implants can go undetected for years allowing sticky silicone gel to leak from the implant and get trapped in the surrounding body tissues. If this occurs, the silicone gel needs to be surgically cleaned out and removed.

To detect rupture, the FDA recommends regular MRI scans. The FDA website states, “When silicone gel-filled implants rupture, silicone gel may escape from the scar tissue capsule around the implant and migrate away from the breast. This can cause lumps to form in the breast, chest wall, armpit, arm, or abdomen … Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is the most effective way to detect silent rupture of a silicone gel-filled breast implant. The FDA and implant manufacturers recommend that women with silicone gel-filled breast implants undergo MRI screening three years after they receive a new implant and every two years after that for early detection of a silent rupture. The FDA recommends using MRI equipment that is specifically designed for imaging the breast for evaluating patients with suspected rupture or leakage of their silicone gel-filled implants.”

A Variety of Breast Implant Sizes in Virginia Beach

There is no risk of “silent rupture” with the IDEAL IMPLANT, and no MRIs are required to detect rupture following a breast augmentation and breast lift in Virginia Beach. A woman can simply look in the mirror to confirm her implants are intact. If a rupture does happen, the IDEAL IMPLANT will not completely deflate since the saline is stored in separate compartments. This is just one benefit of a “structured implant”.

The innovative design of the IDEAL IMPLANT solves many of the concerns women face with unstructured saline or silicone gel. The internal structure prevents collapse when the implant is upright, which also reduces wrinkling and rippling. It also eliminates sloshing, provides a youthful shape and projection, and produces a realistic look and natural feel. No other implant utilizes the advanced internal structure of the IDEAL IMPLANT. Plus, plastic surgeons can use a smaller incision with the IDEAL IMPLANT compared to silicone gel implants. The IDEAL IMPLANT is not prefilled, so plastic surgeons can cater to the exact needs and desires of their patients and the varying preferred breast implant sizes in Virginia Beach.

Choosing a Plastic Surgeon for Your Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift in Virginia Beach

Just as vital as selecting the kind of implant, the plastic surgeon that you choose to perform your breast augmentation and breast lift in Virginia Beach can greatly alter the outcome. Only plastic surgeons who are board-certified, or those eligible for certification, by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are allowed to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT to their patients. Dr. Michael Denk is part of this exclusive group of plastic surgeons.

The Work of Dr. Denk

Dr. Denk is committed to offering the latest advancements in the plastic surgery industry. He began offering the IDEAL IMPLANT to his patients as a solution for those who wanted all the most desirable features of both saline-filled and silicone gel, without the risk of “silent rupture.” Below are before and after images of a young woman that chose the IDEAL IMPLANT for her recent breast augmentation and breast lift in Virginia Beach. She went with the 405cc IDEAL IMPLANTS, the left filled to 410cc and the right filled to 450cc.

Positive Patient Reviews

Dr. Denk makes patient education a priority. He offers personalized care with an in-depth consultation process. He wants women to feel secure and comfortable with their decision to receive breast implants, and is committed to helping his patients reach their goals.

A Realself review by Mommyishappy says:

“Best plastic surgeon! I’ve sent multiple friends to Dr. Denk and I haven’t had one come away disappointed. Very knowledgeable, very detail oriented, and I wouldn’t go anywhere else.”

A patient testimonial on Facebook by Casey Jordan reads:

“Dr.Denk is absolutely amazing. He helped me decide what was best for my body and then he and his staff made it happen. They are all truly, one of a kind and I wouldn’t go any where else!!!”

Christina Halvorsen writes in a Facebook review:

“Dr. Denk does amazing work and I’m so happy he’s my doctor! He and his staff are caring, attentive, listen to their patients, and work together to achieve the best results! I highly recommend Dr. Denk!”

A Realself review by JMBull says:

“Very clear and concise. Put all of my concerns or tensions at ease. Went above and beyond! Have already referred multiple people to be seen by Dr. Denk.”

To Meet Dr. Denk

Are you considering breast implants in Virginia Beach? Contact Dr. Michael Denk today to discuss your options. Simply call 757-330-6746 or visit associatesplasticsurgery.com/dr-michael-denk/.  Dr. Denk’s office is located at 1037 First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.