How the IDEAL IMPLANT Measures Up Against Saline and Silicone Breast Implants

Breast augmentation is the most commonly performed plastic surgery in the U.S. While the procedure may seem simple and routine, achieving great results requires a high level of training, technique, and aesthetic understanding on the part of the surgeon. Patient and surgeon should consult together to make the important decisions regarding the details of breast augmentation, especially when it comes to choosing a type of implant. In her published Charlottesbook article, “Are You Gelling with the New IDEAL IMPLANT? It’s Not Just About Saline vs. Silicone Anymore,” New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Sophie Bartsich explains how different types of breast implants perform on the insides and outsides of women’s bodies.

What to Know About Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution that is safe for the body. There have never been any health concerns related to saline breast implants; however, many women feel this advantage is outweighed by their unnatural look and feel. Dr. Bartsich reports “…that in women who have little of their own breast tissue, the effect of saline implants can be pronounced, to the point that ripples in the implants can be felt and even seen.” The reason women get breast implants is to enhance their appearance, so when the implant shows rippling or wrinkling, it can defeat the entire purpose.

Silicone Breast Implants: A Complicated History

Silicone gel breast implants offer a softer, more natural look and feel for breast augmentation patients who want more aesthetically pleasing results. While they are the more popular choice by far, these implants have been tied to several different health concerns. From 1992 to 2006, the FDA banned the use of silicone breast implants because of uncertainty about their safety. “Gummy bear implants,” or implants with a more cohesive silicone gel filling, were then introduced to the market to alleviate fears about ruptured implants leaking silicone gel into the body.  

Patients with either silicone breast implants or gummy bear implants still run the risk of silent rupture. Dr. Bartsich says that when this happens, “…most patients do not know that their implants have popped. This is why silicone manufacturers recommend having an MRI every few years.” And not only should patients keep up with their routine MRIs, Dr. Bartsich and other plastic surgeons recommend that patients have their implants changed every ten years. These hassles present definite disadvantages for women who choose silicone gel breast implants.

How the IDEAL IMPLANT is Changing the Game

Invented by a board certified plastic surgeon, IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants are a new type of implant that are the first to address the downsides of both saline and silicone breast implants. Their internal chambers are filled with saline, giving them a design unlike any other type of implant available. Dr. Bartsich is part of an exclusive network of plastic surgeons to offer the new technology. In her experience, “The feel is slightly firmer and less fluid than traditional gel, but the potential benefits may outweigh this fact in many cases. And for some patients, the slightly firmer and more resilient contour might actually be preferable, especially over time.” The IDEAL IMPLANT’s potential benefits include lower rates of rupture and capsular contracture than primary breast augmentations using silicone gel implants as well as zero risk of silent rupture.

The Beauty of Innovation

Dr. Bartsich says, “The IDEAL IMPLANT is a saline device that looks just as good as silicone, without the risk of health concerns. It has the lowest rate of rupture of any implant, requires no monitoring, and has no known association with any health conditions.” The IDEAL IMPLANT provides a more perky look to augmented breasts because of its dome-like shape. It has the natural look that silicone breast implants offer, without the worry over health concerns or regular maintenance. Dr. Bartsich has seen the beautiful results achieved by the IDEAL IMPLANT in her own patients and believes that “…for the right patient in the hands of the right surgeon, the IDEAL IMPLANT rises leaps and bounds above many previous technologies.”

In her Charlottesbook article, “Are You Gelling with the New IDEAL IMPLANT? It’s Not Just About Saline vs. Silicone Anymore,” Dr. Bartsich breaks down the differences between saline breast implants, silicone gel or gummy bear implants, and the new IDEAL IMPLANT. Women have a lot to consider when planning breast augmentation, and Dr. Bartsich helps lay out the facts so patients can make smart, informed choices.  

The IDEAL IMPLANT With New York City’s Ideal Plastic Surgeon

Considering breast implants in New York City? Contact Dr. Sophie Bartsich today to discuss your options. Simply call 212-717-9200, or visit Dr. Bartsich’s office is located at 960 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10028. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

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Breast Augmentation in New Jersey: Explore Your Implant Options with Dr. DiBernardo

New Jersey board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Barry DiBernardo is one of the top plastic surgeons in the nation. At New Jersey Plastic Surgery® in Montclair, New Jersey, he serves as medical director and provides cosmetic treatments like breast augmentation and injectables. Dr. DiBernardo works hard to help women enhance their natural beauty and gain confidence. Choosing between saline implants, silicone implants, and structured implants may feel overwhelming. That is why Dr. DiBernardo sat down to explain the difference between breast implant types, and what you can expect from each.

Saline Breast Implants

You may know someone with saline breast implants, as they were the only FDA approved choice for many years. Dr. DiBernardo explains more about these breast implants:

“Saline implants we had used for many years. They come empty and they’re filled with saline, a liquid. They feel more like a water balloon, not as much substance inside. But the nice thing about them is, if they leak or rupture, which is rare, but it could happen, saline, which is part of your body, would leak out and you’d notice it right away. Easy to know there’s a rupture.”

If you’re considering breast augmentation in New Jersey, saline breast implants may appeal to you because of their natural filling. Many women enjoy knowing their implant is filled with a liquid that will be naturally absorbed by their body.

Saline breast implants are inserted into the breast pocket as empty shells then filled after they are placed. This can be beneficial in two ways. First, the implant can be rolled up to fit into a small incision and therefore cause less scarring. Second, your surgeon can adjust the amount of saline he fills the implant with during surgery. This type of adjustment addresses asymmetry more precisely.

When weighing the benefits and compromises of saline breast implants, keep the following in mind:

  • Saline breast implants are filled with saline, which will be naturally absorbed by your body if the implant ruptures.
  • They are FDA approved for women 18 and over.
  • Ruptures are easily detected by simply looking at the breast.
  • They are filled after placement for a smaller scar and less asymmetry.

Silicone Gel Breast Implants

Next, Dr. DiBernardo tells us about one of the most popular breast implant types, “Silicone gel implants were available even way before the salines, but they were more of a liquid and they had certain problems. The new type of gel implant is called a cohesive gel. It feels more natural, it feels more like a breast.”

Silicone gel breast implants, sometimes referred to simply as “silicone implants,” used to be made of a less cohesive gel, with the consistency of syrup or honey. If that gel leaked out of the shell it could easily migrate around the body and create a sticky mess. When these implants began to cause issues for women’s health, the FDA investigated. That is why saline breast implants were the only safe choice for women until the early 2000s. When silicone gel breast implants were reintroduced and FDA approved they were made of a more cohesive gel. This new type of gel gave silicone gel breast implants the nickname “gummy bear implants.” As Dr. DiBernardo pointed out, silicone gel breast implants feel and move more like real breasts.

While the new gel is more cohesive, Dr. DiBernardo explains that this can cause its own problems for women, “Although it feels very natural, if this did have a rupture of the wall, you would not be able to know there is a leak because it doesn’t lose volume, it sits there. You’re supposed to get MRIs every few years to detect if you have what’s called a silent rupture.”

What should you do if your silicone gel breast implant ruptures? According to the FDA, ruptured silicone gel breast implants should be removed, whether or not they are currently causing symptoms. The FDA states, “Silicone gel that leaks outside the capsule surrounding the implant may travel (migrate) away from the breast. The leaked silicone gel may cause lumps to form in the breast or in other tissue, most often the chest wall, armpit or arm. It may be difficult or impossible to remove silicone gel that has traveled to other parts of the body.”  

Knowing about silent ruptures makes many women uncomfortable with silicone gel breast implants. In fact, a recent survey found 98% of women reported they would be somewhat to constantly concerned about silent rupture with silicone gel implants. Before your breast augmentation in New Jersey, make sure you have all the facts about breast implants so you don’t find yourself dealing with anxiety about the status of your implant.

When considering silicone gel breast implants remember the following:

  • Silicone implants are FDA approved for women 22 and over.
  • These implants offer a beautiful, natural looking result.
  • They are more cohesive than the old gel, but still may cause problems if they rupture.
  • The FDA recommends MRIs every few years to detect a silent rupture, this cost is not typically covered by insurance companies.
  • If your implant ruptures it may be silent. Not knowing the status of your implant may cause anxiety.

IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant

The newest breast implant on the market, the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant, was approved by the FDA in 2014. Dr. DiBernardo explains how the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant brings a much needed alternative to saline and silicone implants

“It’s actually a new category. We have saline, we have gel, and what is called a structured implant. Structured because when I squeeze it, it feels more like a gel, but it’s filled with saline. Why does it feel more like a gel? Because it has chambers and baffles and it has structure to it. It has structure that holds it up, it gives it form, and that also gives it the ability to have very good statistics against some of the problems like capsule formation, which is hardness around an implant. But when it comes to rupture they don’t need to be monitored with the MRIs because it’s still a saline implant. These are becoming more popular because they have the feel of a gel, but the safety profile of a saline.”

IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants successfully address major concerns women have with saline and silicone gel breast implants. Since they are filled with saline, women do not need to worry about silicone gel leaking into their breast tissue. There is no need for repeated MRIs. Rupture detection is easy, and saline is naturally absorbed by the body if a rupture occurs. IDEAL IMPLANT also offers a beautiful, natural looking result that was not previously possible with a saline-filled implant. The internal structure means it keeps its shape and does not ripple or wrinkle.  The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant has combined the best parts of saline and silicone gel breast implants so women can feel confident and worry free after their breast augmentation in New Jersey.

Remember these things when considering IDEAL IMPLANTS for your breast augmentation:

  • IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant is FDA approved for women 18 and over.
  • It is filled with saline, which is naturally absorbed if the implant ruptures.
  • Ruptures are easily detected by simply looking at the breast, there is no need for expensive MRIs.
  • They are filled after placement for a smaller scar and less asymmetry.
  • The internal structure gives the implant a natural look and feel.
  • It has one of the lowest rates of rupture and capsular contracture on the market.

What You Should Know About Breast Implant Complications

Breast augmentation, like any surgery, comes with risks. For many women, these risks are outweighed by benefits like increased self-esteem, confidence, and the freedom to be themselves. It is important to know about the risks so that you can set realistic expectations and plan for your future. Your risks will vary depending on your choice of saline implants, silicone implants, or IDEAL IMPLANTs. The most common complications include rupture and capsular contracture.

The FDA recommends removal and replacement of any ruptured breast implant, whether saline, silicone gel, or structured. For saline implants and the IDEAL IMPLANT, a removal is as simple as removing the implant shell. Silicone gel breast implant removal can be messier, especially if the silicone gel has traveled outside of the breast pocket. How likely are you to encounter this complication? According to FDA clinical trial data silicone gel breast implants have rupture rates as high as 13.6% in the eight years after a primary augmentation. IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants have one of the lowest rupture rates of any breast implant at 2.1%, in the eight years after a primary augmentation.

Capsular contracture happens when the tissue around the breast implant begins to tighten and harden. This can cause the breast to look misshapen and feel painful. It is not known what causes capsular contracture, but different breast implant types have different rates of capsular contracture. In the top silicone gel breast implants, capsular contracture rates range from 11.2%-16.2%, in seven-to-eight years after a primary augmentation. IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant has a capsule contracture rate of only 6.6%, 8 years after a primary augmentation.  Knowing these statistics before your breast augmentation in New Jersey will help you make an informed decision.

Increased Peace of Mind with the IDEAL IMPLANT® Premium Protection Plan

The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant already offers beautiful results and a lower rate of complications. But now women can have increased peace of mind with an optional protection plan. The IDEAL IMPLANT Premium Protection Plan gives women best-in-class financial protection after a breast augmentation with the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant. Most insurance companies do not cover cosmetic surgery, or any complications that occur after a cosmetic surgery. This means if you encounter complications such as infection or rupture you will be responsible for paying for them out of pocket.

With the IDEAL IMPLANT Premium Protection Plan you receive the following benefits:

  • $10,000 in financial assistance during the first 60 days after your breast augmentation to address complications such as bleeding, infection, and more.
  • $5,000 in financial assistance during the first year, and each renewal year, for capsule contracture, deflation, insertional scar revision, and related events.
  • Replacement implant after a deflation for life, and 10 years for capsular contracture.

The IDEAL IMPLANT Premium Protection Plan is renewable yearly for life. It costs only $189 for the first year after a primary augmentation, and is renewable annually for $79. With this one of a kind plan you are ensuring peace of mind for years to come. More details can be found at This plan is only available through board-certified plastic surgeons. Talk to Dr. DiBernardo to enroll before your breast augmentation in New Jersey.

Learn More About Your Options At New Jersey Plastic Surgery®

Learning about your breast implant options can feel overwhelming, and that is normal. Even with all the facts and statistics, you may feel unsure about which breast implant to choose. Dr. DiBernardo reassures his patients, “when we meet with you as a patient we go through all options as we customize all procedures for you and we welcome you to come in for a consultation.” At your consultation with Dr. DiBernardo, you will be able to see and feel each breast implant for yourself. It is also helpful to look at before and after pictures of women with similar body types to you so you can set realistic expectations.

Whether you choose saline implants, silicone implants, or IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants, the most important thing is for you to feel comfortable with your decision. Your breast augmentation should allow you to feel freedom, not anxiety or discomfort. When you’re ready to make this positive change for yourself, call Dr. DiBernardo to learn more about your options.Considering breast implants in Montclair? Contact Dr. Barry DiBernardo today to discuss your options. Simply call 973-509-2000, or visit Dr. DiBernardo’s office is located at 29 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sumer Daiza Discusses IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants

Considering breast implants? You deserve a board certified plastic surgeon who’s going to make your entire experience comfortable and personalized from start to finish. At the Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale, Dr. Sumer Daiza is a double board-certified plastic surgeon whose practice philosophy is to treat every patient as if he or she is a family member. She and her staff strive to provide a very warm and caring environment. She says, “I personally perform all of my consultations and spend as much time as the patients need to make sure that all of his or her questions are answered before they leave the consultation.”

If you do a Google search for “plastic surgeons near me in Scottsdale,” you may come up with a list of plastic surgeons who perform breast augmentations, but don’t necessarily have the latest breast implant technology available. Dr. Daiza is distinguished as an Ideal Implant Premier Network surgeon for her extensive experience working with IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants. She was the first female surgeon in the Arizona valley to offer IDEAL IMPLANT at her practice, and is excited about the amazing results she and her patients have seen. Sonoran Living sat down with Dr. Daiza and asked her more about her practice and what makes the IDEAL IMPLANT such a revolutionary new implant for women.

What procedures are available at your office in Scottsdale?

“My practice is mainly cosmetic surgery focusing on mommy makeovers, massive weight loss reconstruction and a lot of breast surgery.”

Why did you choose to practice cosmetic plastic surgery?

“I chose to specialize in plastic surgery mainly because of the positive impact I can have on someone else’s life. Plastic surgery is generally a life-changing event, and can help somebody not only physically, but emotionally and mentally with self-esteem and self-image.”

When patients are looking for a doctor, should they just search, “plastic surgeons near me in Scottsdale?” Or are there specific qualifications patients should look for?

“I, myself, as a double-certified plastic surgeon recommend that patients check credentials first. You want to be sure that your doctor is certified by a specialty that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. One of those specialties is the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This ensures that the doctor has had the proper training in plastic surgery, as well as passed certifying examinations, oral examinations, and maintains yearly continuing medical education. A board-certified plastic surgeon also will have to abide by a code of ethics.

“Apart from being board-certified, a patient should find a doctor that they feel very comfortable with. This is a lifelong journey that will be taken together, and the patient should feel comfortable, be honest with the physician, and feel that that physician understands what the patient desires. As a female plastic surgeon, many of my patients feel that I can relate to them and give them the natural results that they are looking for.”

What does your IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon status mean?

“That means that I was actually one of the first surgeons to offer IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants and I have vast experience across the nation using it in my practice.”

Tell us about all the implant options women currently have for breast augmentation.

“So, prior to the IDEAL IMPLANT, women basically had two options for breast augmentation. They had the traditional saline implant which is basically a silicone bag filled with salt water. It tends to feel very plastic and similar to a water balloon. And this was an okay option, however, it has rippling, it doesn’t feel as natural. And then we had silicone gel implants which were FDA approved in 2006. They feel very soft, very natural and feel like a natural breast when placed. And both of these were great implants but they each had disadvantages.

“One of the main differences with the IDEAL IMPLANT is that it’s a structured saline implant that was actually invented by a plastic surgeon. So a lot of thought went into it. It’s filled with saline, but it has multiple layers of silicone shells called baffles, which allows the saline to be distributed within the shells. So it feels and acts and behaves like a silicone gel implant.”

One of the things a lot of women fear is a leak or break in their implants, called a rupture. What specifically happens when breast implants rupture?

“If you have a saline implant and it ruptures, it’s basically salt water so your body absorbs it and the breast goes flat. And you know right away so you can get a new one put in. With a silicone gel implant women can have what’s called a silent rupture. You can walk around having a silent rupture and not even know it. Gel can leak out of the implant and into your body. It’s not detectable on physical exams, so the only way to know is to get an MRI. The FDA recommends women get routine MRIs every two to three years to evaluate the integrity of the silicone gel implant.”

What happens when an IDEAL IMPLANT ruptures?

“An advantage to the IDEAL IMPLANT is that because it is a structured saline implant, if you have a leak, it will only deflate partially. Because it is made up of multiple shells and multiple chambers, you won’t deflate completely like with the traditional saline implant. Peace of mind is key.”

New data just released after an eight-year study shows that IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants outperform silicone gel implants when it comes to implant rupture. Results show that the risk of implant rupture with IDEAL IMPLANT at eight years after primary breast augmentation was only 2.1% in comparison to silicone gel implants from Allergan (7.4%), Mentor (13.6%), and Sientra (7.2%) based on MRI scans. Knowing that only about 2% of women experienced a rupture with the IDEAL IMPLANT can give women confidence in the breast implant safety of these implants.

The IDEAL IMPLANT also has lower risks of capsular contracture. This potential breast implant complication causes the body to form scar tissue around the implant, which can cause the implant to displace, become firm, and potentially cause pain. IDEAL IMPLANT rates of Baker class III/IV capsular contracture at 8 years after primary augmentation were low at 6.6%, compared to silicone gel implants from Allergan (16.2%, at seven years), Mentor (10.9%, at eight years), and Sientra (11.2%, at eight years).

When capsular contracture occurs with silicone gel breast implants, women need revision surgery to remove and replace the implant. Sometimes the silicone gel that has leaked into the tissues has to be removed along with the scar capsule, which means the procedure can be lengthy and involved. Breast implant revision surgery is simple and quick with the IDEAL IMPLANT. The deflated implant is removed, and a new one is put in, only being filled once it’s inserted into the breast pocket. There is no gel to remove and the procedure can be completed in less than 30 minutes.

What do your patients think about the IDEAL IMPLANT? Does it give them the look that they want?

“In my experience I’ve been very impressed. All of my patients have had high satisfaction rates. And I’m very picky. When I see these patients come back after surgery it’s incredible how close to silicone gel it feels. And a lot of times it’s really hard to tell the difference.”

Dr. Daiza believes strongly in patient education and strives to inform all of her patients of all their choices.

“One of the priorities for me in my practice is to really make my patients feel comfortable. I really take the time to educate them, go over the procedure in detail with them, and really go over all the options so that they can make an informed decision.”

Dr. Daiza says that the most gratifying part of being a plastic surgeon is the positive changes she makes in people’s lives.

“I love when patients come in here and give me a big hug and tell me that they cannot tell me enough how much I have changed their lives personally.”

Dr. Daiza’s Patients are Thrilled with their Results.

Here is what some of her breast augmentation patients had to say about their experience with Dr. Daiza and Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale:

“Dr. Daiza is truly amazing. I wish I found her sooner. I am finally happy with my body and i can’t wait for swimsuit season. She made me feel confident and comfortable. I would recommend her to my friends and family!” – Realself review from sunlovinmama

“I absolutely love Dr. Daiza. After breastfeeding 3 babies my breasts were a little sad. She gave me exactly what I wanted and I couldn’t be happier. I had consultations with a couple other doctors and they were trying to make me go huge. Daiza actually listened to me and gave me a recommendation based on my frame. She made me feel so comfortable. Love her!” – Realself review from Ashleyo9385

“I can’t say enough positive things about Dr. Daiza! I went to her originally for a breast augmentation (implants and lift). Around the same time my friend was having her augmentation done as well by a different doctor. Obviously, we were in the healing process at the same time and my healing was noticeably easier. Dr. Daiza takes a different approach by having you bring in photos of your desired result vs other doctors I consulted with who just were just asking what bra size you wanted to be. The results are better than I ever could have imagined . . .” – Realself review from lele1107

The Education and Experience of Dr. Sumer Daiza

Dr. Daiza attended Xavier College Preparatory followed by Arizona State University. Dr. Daiza went on to obtain her medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. While there, she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, a distinction awarded to only the top 10% of the medical school graduating class. She then completed a 5 year rigorous general surgery residency program at the Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency. She acquired additional plastic surgery training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Daiza then went on to achieve a one year cosmetic surgery fellowship with Charlotte Plastic Surgery, where she trained with some of the leading plastic surgeons in the country. Her training focused on cosmetic surgery of the breast, body and face.

Dr. Daiza is the founder of the Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale, where her practice philosophy is to provide the safest, highest quality of medical care in a warm and caring environment while delivering the most natural appearing results. Dr. Daiza does not believe in “factory like” surgery and instead has a “boutique style” practice where every patient is treated with the most personalized care and attention. Each patient is given Dr. Daiza’s personal cell phone number, so that they may feel comfortable reaching her at any time. She feels that it is a privilege to be chosen to become such an important part of her patient’s lives and to be able to create such positive long term changes for them. Her patients become like family and she enjoys the long term follow up with them. Dr. Daiza sees every patient from the initial consultation to the pre op visit and all post op visits thereafter. Her patients enjoy her warm and caring bedside manner and find her easy with whom to communicate.

Dr. Daiza offers breast, body, and facial procedures for men and women. She also offers GENEVEVE™ Vaginal Rejuvenation to women, which stimulates the body’s own renewal response to gradually restore healthy collagen and give soft tissue a more youthful tone and resiliency.

Considering breast implants in Scottsdale, AZ? Contact Dr. Daiza today to discuss your options. Simply call 480-585-0011, or visit Dr. Daiza’s office is located at 18325 North Allied Way, Suite 110, Phoenix, Arizona 85054. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants. 

Dr. Barone Explains How to Get the Look of Natural Breasts with a Breast Augmentation

Do you want a breast enhancement, but worry you will look “fake” with visible ripples or wrinkles? Maybe you have heard silicone gel breast implants can provide the look of natural breasts, but you are concerned about complications like silent rupture. Women used to have to choose between the beautiful look of silicone gel breast implants and the peace of mind of saline breast implants. Now there is a third option, the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant. With the IDEAL IMPLANT women can get beautiful, natural looking results with the peace of mind of only saline inside. Dr. Constance Barone, a board-certified plastic surgeon in San Antonio, tells us why her patients love using IDEAL IMPLANT.

Dr. Constance Barone: Cosmetic Surgery in San Antonio

Who is Dr. Constance Barone? She is one of the top board-certified plastic surgeons in the nation. In her 25+ year career, Dr. Barone has seen countless women achieve confidence through cosmetic surgery. She is recognized as a teacher, author, and innovator in the field of plastic surgery. At her plastic surgery clinic, Barone Plastic Surgery, she works hard to ensure every patient reaches their aesthetic goals. Dr. Barone’s brand new, state-of-the-art facility offers safety and efficiency to every patient. At your complimentary consultation, Dr. Barone will create a customized treatment plan for you.

Dr. Barone began offering the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant because she wanted her patients to have more options for breast implants, and was recently recognized as an IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon because of the extensive experience she has using these implants.

Your Breast Implant Options

What options will you be faced with when choosing breast implants? At Barone Plastic Surgery, you will receive information about all the breast implants currently available. Dr. Barone tells us, “I feel very strongly that you have to expose patients to all the different types of implants and give them the positives and the negatives about all the implants, and what the requirements are to maintain those implants. Without presenting the structured implant to women today I feel that it’s a lack of informed consent.” Here is a quick primer on the breast implant types you will find at Barone Plastic Surgery.

  • Silicone Gel Breast Implants: These breast implants are comprised of a solid silicone shell filled with silicone gel. Silicone gel is thick and sticky, providing stability and a look that resembles natural breasts. Dr. Barone says, “Women love the feel of silicone. It feels very natural. What they didn’t love is that you have to get an MRI at three years and every two years thereafter.” Despite the FDA recommendation that women get MRIs every few years, many women used to choose silicone gel breast implants because of the natural looking results.
  • Saline Breast Implants: Saline, a salt water solution, has many medicinal uses including hydration through an IV. In saline breast implants, the saline is held by a solid silicone shell, the same type of shell used for silicone gel breast implants. Because saline is not as dense as breast tissue, these implants can ripple or wrinkle under the skin. Dr. Barone tells us, “one of the things I hated—and most women hated—about the saline was the unnatural feel of the saline implants. They felt like balloons underneath the chest wall.” Still, many women choose saline because they know the saline will be naturally absorbed by their body if the implant ruptures.
  • IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants: IDEAL IMPLANT was developed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who wanted to give his patients a different option for breast implants. IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants have a solid silicone shell, like saline and silicone gel breast implants. However, they also contain an inner structure with two chambers and baffled layers to control the flow of saline. Women love the natural look this provides, while still enjoying the safety of only saline inside. With the IDEAL IMPLANT there is no need to sacrifice your peace of mind for beautiful results. Dr. Barone says when she sees patients, “I show them the silicone gel implant. I show them the saline implant. And I show them the IDEAL IMPLANT. And I let them make that decision. And they feel it and, almost always, they pick the IDEAL IMPLANT.”

You deserve to have options for your cosmetic surgery in San Antonio. Not every plastic surgeon offers every type of breast implant. To have access to all the options listed above visit Barone Plastic Surgery.

IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants and Silicone Gel Breast Implants

What makes IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants stand out against the other implant options? As Dr. Barone said, women love the natural look of silicone gel breast implants but don’t like the maintenance required or the risk of complications. If a silicone gel breast implant begins to leak it may be a silent rupture, meaning the patient will not know of the leak without an MRI. The cost and inconvenience of repeated MRIs are unappealing to many women. In addition, the FDA recommends removal of ruptured silicone gel breast implants even if they aren’t causing symptoms like misshapen breasts or pain. Dr. Barone tells us this removal is not always easy because, “when silicone gel leaks and you don’t know it, it’s pretty sticky.”

There are several reasons a silicone gel breast implant might rupture. Dr. Barone explains,

“the implant starts to wear down. Sometimes there’s a ridge in the implant, and sometimes there’s not. Sometimes the implant just sweats silicone gel without actually having a leak, because the outer shell starts to break down. So, the FDA said listen, these implants are not considered lifetime devices, and we’d like for you to change them out every 10 years, because this outer shell doesn’t maintain its integrity and the silicone just starts to leak right out.”

With silicone gel breast implants many women feel that they have to compromise their peace of mind for the look of natural breasts. Now, with the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant, women know the status of their implant without an MRI – they can just look at their breasts to see that they are intact. If an IDEAL IMPLANT ruptures, the saline inside is naturally absorbed by the body.

IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants And Saline Breast Implants

IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants are filled with saline, so what makes them different from other saline-filled breast implants? The internal structure sets IDEAL IMPLANT apart, giving the implant more stability and less risk of visible ripples and wrinkles. Saline breast implants are not as dense as breast tissue, and many women complain about the look and feel. IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants provide a fuller look with upper pole stability that moves and feels similar to natural breasts.

In addition, Dr. Barone explains, “if they deflate, they have two chambers, an inner chamber and an outer chamber.” That means a deflation will most likely only affect one chamber, leaving your implant partially intact. While your breast implant still needs to be replaced after a partial deflation, with the IDEAL IMPLANT, a deflation is not an emergency situation. You will be able to plan a removal and replacement on your own schedule.

Compare Complication Rates Before Your Cosmetic Surgery in San Antonio

What is the likelihood you will encounter complications after your breast augmentation? The answer depends on the breast implant you choose. The FDA collects data on complications so women can evaluate them and pick the best breast implant. According to the FDA the most common breast implant complications include capsular contracture and rupture/deflation.

  • Capsular Contracture: The FDA explains capsular contracture as “the hardening of the breast area around the implant. It can occur in the tissue surrounding one or both implants. This hardening causes the tissue to tighten, which can be painful.” There are different levels of capsular contracture with the most severe requiring surgery to correct.
  • Rupture/Deflation: Implant rupture can happen to any type of breast implant. When a hole forms in the shell of the implant the filling, whether silicone gel or saline, will begin to leak out. A saline-filled implant, such as the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant, will deflate slowly yet noticeably. The saline flows out and is naturally absorbed by the body. In silicone gel breast implants, the silicone gel often stays close to the breast implant after a rupture, which is why it can be difficult to detect. The sticky silicone gel may come into contact with your breast tissue while you are unaware a rupture has even occurred.

While the look of natural breasts is important, complication rates are also important. Rupture and capsular contracture rates in silicone gel breast implants are high. In FDA core clinical trial data, rupture rates in some silicone gel breast implants at eight years after a primary breast augmentation are as high as 13.6%. Capsular contracture rates are as high as 16.2%. IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants have demonstrated lower risk rates. At eight years after a primary breast augmentation, the rupture rate of IDEAL IMPLANT is 2.1%, and the capsular contracture rate is 6.6%.

According to Dr. Barone IDEAL IMPLANT is “a total game changer. It also has the lowest rate of scar tissue formation, called capsular contracture, compared to silicone. In addition, you don’t have to worry about MRIs, because there is no risk of silent rupture of silicone, because this does not have silicone gel in it.” With a natural look, one of the lowest rates of complications, and no anxiety about the status of your breast implant, IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant truly is an ideal choice.

What Dr. Barone’s Patients are Saying About their Cosmetic Surgery in San Antonio

Are Dr. Barone’s patients satisfied with their breast augmentations? Read what some of her patients have said about their experiences and newfound confidence.

One patient who chose to replace existing implants with IDEAL IMPLANTS said, “I chose to do the second surgery to IDEAL IMPLANTS because I was really nervous about the rupture rate of silicone gel implants. I do love the natural look and feel of the IDEAL IMPLANTS, they’re just very beautiful. I love the natural look that they give me.”

A mom and recent IDEAL IMPLANT patient said, “I decided to get this change because I have three kids and I’m not having any more, so now it was my time, and I just wanted to feel pretty again, back to my normal self…I absolutely love everything about my body now. I don’t feel uncomfortable when I go and workout at the gym, I just love it.”

A first time plastic surgery patient said,

“My experience with Dr. Barone was fantastic! I received a breast augmentation with the IDEAL IMPLANT. This was my first time having a plastic surgery procedure and I am very happy with my overall results. Dr. Barone answered all my questions and always gave me her full attention. The surgery itself went very smooth and I was very comfortable. I am so happy with my results, and have already referred her to friends and family. I could not have asked for a better first experience with augmentation.”

A patient who had multiple procedures said, “Dr. Barone and her staff are absolutely amazing! From the initial consultation the staff was so kind, efficient, and knowledgeable. Dr. Barone listened to the things I desired and then was straight to the point with her thoughts. On top of that she also answered all of my questions with detailed explanations. I have never felt like I was in safer hands. Due to weight loss I had a tummy tuck and breast augmentation with IDEAL IMPLANTs and it has been nothing short of AMAZING. This team is incredible and I would recommend them to absolutely everyone I know. I can’t wait to get back in for part two! Thank you Dr. Barone for helping me change my life!”

How You Can Get the IDEAL IMPLANT for Your Cosmetic Surgery in San Antonio

IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants are only available through experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons. Dr. Barone is one of the exclusive surgeons in the San Antonio area to offer them. If you want to learn more about this exciting new option visit Barone Plastic Surgery today and talk with Dr. Barone.

Considering breast implants in San Antonio? Contact Dr. Constance Barone today to discuss your options. Simply call 210-268-1596, or visit Dr. Barone’s office is located at 9502 Huebner Road, Building 2, Suite 202, San Antonio, TX 78240. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

Real isn’t Always Ideal: Plastic Surgery Options Can Help

Does Breast Surgery Need to Wait Until After Pregnancy?

Dr. Sophie Bartsich is a plastic surgeon in New York City who specializes in breast surgery. She has found a common area of concern among many of her breast augmentation patients – they want to know all about breast implants and the best time to get them. In her Charlotte’s Book article “When’s The Safest Time For Breast Implants: Pre- Or Post-Pregnancy?,” Dr. Bartsich provides insight about the specifics of breast augmentation timing.

Question From Charlotte’s Book Reader

“I have been thinking about getting breast implants, but I’m 32. It’s likely I’m going to have kids in the next few years—should I wait until after I’m done having children to get implants?”

An Expert Weighs In

Dr. Bartsich understands how pregnancy can affect a woman’s body and the ways that it impacts the results of plastic surgery. She tells her readers that the results of some procedures are more likely to be diminished because of pregnancy than others. Take abdominoplasty, for example. Every expectant mother’s belly is stretched to accommodate her growing baby, making it difficult or impossible to maintain the toned and tightened abdominal area created by a tummy tuck. Most plastic surgeons recommend waiting until after your childbearing years are behind you to have abdominoplasty.

Breast surgery is a different story. Dr. Bartsich says that “waiting is optional” for women who may want to have children in the future because breast changes during pregnancy are hard to predict. Having children affects each woman differently—some women’s breasts may deflate immediately while others may grow in size with each child. That’s why Dr. Bartsich says it is not logical to make breast augmentation plans based on when you want to have children.        

She says, “As a general rule, I tell my patients that if they are unhappy with their breasts, it is perfectly reasonable to become happy with them and enjoy them right then and there. For some patients, pregnancy will not require revision surgery down the road, and for those in whom pregnancy will produce major changes, they will need some sort of postpartum procedure regardless.”

Breast Implant Sizes and Breastfeeding

Still, whether or not pregnancy affects their breast surgery results, some women have questions about breastfeeding. A common concern among women thinking about breast augmentation is how it may impact their ability to nurse their babies. Dr. Bartsich says, “there is currently no evidence that breast implants pose a risk to pregnant women nor to breastfeeding.” But there are factors that should be given consideration, especially when it comes to breast implant sizes. Dr. Bartsich recommends “that a woman planning on having children in the future be cautious about having a large implant placed. Very large implants can cause chest wall deformities, which can make revision surgery more difficult in the future.”

IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants

Dr. Bartsich provides a variety of breast implant options to her patients to help them achieve the results they want. She is part of an exclusive network of plastic surgeons to offer the new IDEAL IMPLANT to women who do not wish to compromise on either beauty or peace of mind. The IDEAL IMPLANT is a breast implant filled with saline that has the look and feel of silicone gel. Because of its innovative design that is unlike any other breast implant, the IDEAL IMPLANT has a beautiful, natural shape and touch. It comes in many different breast implant sizes, and is the perfect choice for women whether they’ve already had children or still look forward to doing so.

Now’s the Time to Love Your Body

In her article, “When’s The Safest Time For Breast Implants: Pre- Or Post-Pregnancy?,” Dr. Bartsich emphasizes that there is no right or wrong time to make the cosmetic changes you want to your breasts. She does advise, however, that women who are actively trying to get pregnant may want to wait for their breast surgery. After all, they probably have more important things to plan for during this time. But if you know you want to have children someday, and also want to enhance your breasts, there is no need to wait until your family is complete to have breast augmentation. Dr. Bartsich recommends that her patients take advantage of the opportunity to love their bodies now. She says, “The most common thing I hear in my office from women in their late forties and fifties coming in for breast augmentation is, ‘I should have done this years ago.’ There is no time like the present.”

Experience the Best in Breast Surgery With Dr. Bartsich

Considering breast implants in New York City? Contact Dr. Sophie Bartsich today to discuss your options. Simply call 212-717-9200, or visit Dr. Bartsich’s office is located at 960 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10028. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.