The IDEAL IMPLANT®: New Breast Enhancement Option with Dr. Laurence Weider

Do you want a breast enhancement but are having a difficult time deciding between the various breast implant options? While women often know of silicone gel or saline implants, a new type of implant is now available—IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants. This unique, innovative kind of implant offers the natural look and feel of silicone gel with the peace of mind and safety of saline.

Breast Enhancement with the IDEAL IMPLANT

Saline Breast Implants: Many women choose saline breast implants because they don’t want to worry about the risks commonly associated with silicone gel implants. Saline is natural solution, unlike silicone gel, that the body can safely absorb if an implant ruptures. However, a saline implant behaves more like a water balloon because it lacks any internal structure. This can create rippling and wrinkling under the skin as the upper portion collapses when the implant is in an upright position. While saline implants eliminate the worry of sticky silicone gel becoming trapped in surrounding body tissue, they do not replicate the natural look or feel of breast tissue.

Silicone Gel Breast Implants: Silicone gel implants give a more realistic look and natural feel than saline implants, but silicone gel implants have the risk of “silent rupture.” When a rupture occurs with a silicone gel implant, it can go unnoticed by a woman for many years. Without a woman knowing, the sticky silicone gel can begin to leak into the body tissue surrounding the implant. A physical examination cannot determine whether a silicone gel implant has ruptured, rather an MRI scan is required. This is why the FDA recommends women with silicone gel implants receive an MRI every two years following their breast augmentation surgery. The psychological stress and financial burden of regular MRI’s are major concerns among women.

IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants: The IDEAL IMPLANT is called a “structured implant” due to its advanced internal structure. No other breast implant is designed like the IDEAL IMPLANT. It consists of a series of implant shells nested together to hold two separate chambers filled with saline. There is no risk of “silent rupture” and no follow-up MRI scans required. Women always know their IDEAL IMPLANTS are intact by simply looking in the mirror.

The Benefits of a “Structured Implant”

The IDEAL IMPLANT is a new, technology-driven breast implant option that offers the benefits, without the drawbacks, of both silicone gel and saline implants. The internal structure:

  • Allows the implant to have a more natural feel, realistic look, and youthful shape that women expect from a silicone gel implant
  • Offers the peace of mind that comes with saline
  • Controls the movement of the saline, which mitigates sloshing and eliminates the “water-hammer” effect
  • Supports the upper portion of the implant to prevent collapse when upright
  • Creates a smooth surface, reducing wrinkles and rippling of the implant

The Making of the IDEAL IMPLANT

The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant underwent 10 years of development, testing, and refinement to be able to provide these features, without compromising beauty for safety. In 2014, the IDEAL IMPLANT was approved by the FDA and Health Canada following a multi-center clinical trial of 502 women. The implants are only made in the USA from proven breast implant materials at an FDA-inspected facility using advanced robotics to maintain high quality standards and greater product consistency.  

The IDEAL IMPLANT has an adjustable volume. This is especially beneficial to women as they work together with their plastic surgeon to determine the implant size that would best match their cosmetic goals. It also allows surgeons to use a smaller incision during the breast enhancement and augmentation process than with silicone gel implants. Silicone gel implants are filled when manufactured, not during surgery. As a result, they can be damaged during surgery if attempted to fit through a small incision area. Furthermore, IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants have a lower rupture rate than silicone gel implants.

Confidence with the IDEAL IMPLANT

In the video below, Ashley explains why she chose the IDEAL IMPLANT for her breast augmentation surgery:

“I’ve known that I wanted breast implants for about a decade because I was really uncomfortable with how they looked in comparison to the rest of my body. I felt like they were very disproportionate and I wasn’t confident. I’m a really, really low maintenance person and so I need some things like, ‘No muss, no fuss.’ After I have the surgery, I don’t want to have worry about it again, unless there’s a major issue. I don’t want any other associated costs. After viewing my options, I decided on the IDEAL IMPLANT and I’m thrilled with the choice. I feel great. I feel like it’s much more proportionate to my body. I couldn’t be happier. I’m the same person, I just feel better about myself, and I’m a lot more comfortable in my own skin. The safety reasons are a big reason why I went ahead and moved forward with the IDEAL IMPLANT. The ‘structured implant’ makes me feel comfortable knowing that if anything happens, not only am I going to notice a decrease in my breast size, but the saline is not going to create any issues like the ‘silent rupture’ would if I got another kind of implant. So now that I have the implants, I feel like my clothes fit so much better. I do feel really confident all the time. They just look and feel real. And a lot of people in my day-to-day life, don’t notice and can’t notice that I’ve had any work done. So all the insecurities I had of the entire world noticing, it was overrated.”

Dr. Laurence Weider Offers the IDEAL IMPLANT

To offer the IDEAL IMPLANT, a plastic surgeon must be board-certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Laurence Weider is part of this exclusive group of plastic surgeons and highly qualified to perform all aspects of plastic surgery. Dr. Weider received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He then went on to complete a one-year surgical internship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, followed by a four-year general surgery residency in Dallas at Methodist Medical Center and a two-year plastic surgery fellowship at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Dr. Weider is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Dallas County Medical Society, and the Texas Medical Association.

As a prominent plastic surgeon practicing in Dallas, TX, he has been featured on the Discovery Health Channel and local CBS 11 news station. He regularly travels to various national meetings to remain up-to-date on the latest techniques and innovations in the field of plastic surgery. Furthermore, he has been invited to share his knowledge and expertise at different medical conferences and community gatherings.

If you are thinking about getting breast implants, set up a personal consultation with Dr. Weider to talk about your cosmetic goals and develop an individualized plan. He takes the time to address your concerns and answer any questions you have about the breast augmentation process. He is dedicated to helping his patients feel better, gain more confidence, and have a positive plastic surgery experience.

Are you considering a breast enhancement in Dallas, TX? Contact Dr. Laurence Weider to discuss your options. Simply call 972-566-8444 or visit www.drweider.com. Dr. Weider’s office is located at 7777 Forest Lane, Professional Building B, Suite B-145, Dallas, TX 75230. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants.

Seeking a Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation? Dr. Gregg Anigian offers the IDEAL IMPLANT

Women were once forced to choose between saline and silicone gel implants if they wanted a breast augmentation and breast lift. Now, a new kind of implant is available—IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants. This technology-driven implant combines the benefits of both silicone gel and saline to offer the benefits, without the compromises, of each type of implant.

What Makes the IDEAL IMPLANT Different?

With the IDEAL IMPLANT, women do not have to compromise beauty for safety when receiving a breast augmentation. It utilizes a unique, innovative design that was created after years of research and extensive testing. As a “structured implant,” it is the first of its type. The IDEAL IMPLANT is comprised of a series of shells nested together that hold two separate chambers filled with saline. This advanced internal structure makes it different than any other breast implant option.

Saline implants have no internal structure, making them similar to a water balloon. The upper portion collapses when the implant is upright. Saline implants also tend to wrinkle under the skin and lack the natural feel of breast tissue. This is not the case with the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant.

The IDEAL IMPLANT has a realistic look and natural feel due to its advanced design, not its filler. The construction of the implant:

  • Supports the upper portion so it does not collapse when upright
  • Reduces wrinkling and rippling
  • Helps control the movement of the saline to eliminate sloshing and what is known as the “water-hammer” effect
  • Provides a youthful shape and desired projection

Plus, the outside edges of the IDEAL IMPLANT have been lowered to naturally conform to the curve of a woman’s chest.

The Peace of Mind of Saline

Our “structured implant” offers peace of mind, without sacrificing beauty. If the IDEAL IMPLANT ruptures, a woman’s body safely absorbs the saline solution. Rupture is easily detected and fixed. A woman can always ensure the IDEAL IMPLANT is intact by simply looking in the mirror.

With a silicone gel implant, it is not so simple. A woman cannot determine a silicone gel implant is intact by examining the breast. An MRI scan is needed to detect the rupture of a silicone gel implant. This is known as a “silent rupture.” If a “silent rupture” occurs, the sticky silicone gel leaks into the surrounding tissues of the body and it must be surgically removed. It can be a long, extensive procedure to remove all the silicone gel. Hence, the FDA recommends women with silicone gel breast implants receive an MRI scan every two years to detect rupture.   

The IDEAL IMPLANT has no such upkeep or maintenance. No MRIs are needed, saving women the expense, time, and energy compared to silicone gel implants. The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant also has a proven lower rupture rate and higher rupture strength.

A Youthful Look

The IDEAL IMPLANT offers the youthful look women often desire with silicone gel implants. Silicone gel implants are filled when manufactured, not during surgery. The IDEAL IMPLANT is not. They are designed so plastic surgeons have the ability to adjust the volume of every implant. This allows surgeons to cater to the exact needs of their patients and specifically create the volume and projection desired by each woman. In addition, because of the adjustable volume of the IDEAL IMPLANT, it requires a smaller incision during the breast lift and breast augmentation surgical process than with silicone gel implants. Since silicone gel implants are already filled, they can be damaged during surgery when trying to fit the implant through a limited incision area.

If Pursuing Breast Augmentation

The IDEAL IMPLANT was approved by the FDA and Health Canada in 2014. The approval was based upon the results of a multi-center clinical trial of 502 women that started in 2009. IDEAL IMPLANTS are made in the USA with safe and proven breast implant materials in FDA-inspected facilities using advanced robotics to achieve greater product consistency and high quality standards.

When pursuing breast augmentation, many women have similar questions and concerns. In the video below, a woman that began her breast augmentation journey years before the IDEAL IMPLANT was available, explains why she eventually chose to receive a “structured implant”:

“My name is Ruth. I’m a nurse and I work for a board-certified plastic surgeon. If they are in there for a breast augmentation, I like to share my story with them and let them know that I’ve been there and I’ve had three surgeries for breast implants. My very first one would have to be about 15 years ago. And back 15 years ago, all I could have was saline implants. They were a little bit too round, too firm, had some wrinkling, just didn’t really like them. So had those, and then four to five years later, I was able to switch those out and get silicone gel. When I had silicone gel, I thought, ‘Gosh, these are great. They’re so much softer.’ But I would tell you that they started changing at about four or five years. They just didn’t feel the same, soft kind of feel. Probably about nine years ago, I started hearing about the IDEAL IMPLANT. Right away when that came out, I was like, “Oh, I want this.’ But when they first came out, I wasn’t quite having trouble with my silicone gel. But once I did, I knew there was no question that I needed to have that IDEAL IMPLANT in. And so far, it’s been the best choice. It’s actually softer than my silicone gel implant was. No matter what implant you choose, you want to make sure you are choosing the right one for yourself. To me, it seems like a no-brainer. I always tell everybody, ‘If you go with the IDEAL, you get the feel, you get the softness, you get the safety. And not the worry, you don’t have to worry.’”

A Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation with Dr. Gregg Anigian

IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants are only available to plastic surgeons who are board-certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Gregg Anigian is part of this exclusive network of plastic surgeons that offer the IDEAL IMPLANT. Whatever your cosmetic goals, Dr. Anigian is dedicated to helping his patients them.

For the last 11 years, “D Magazine” has recognized Dr. Anigian as one of the best plastic surgeons in the Dallas area. He has been in practice at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas since 1991, and continues to offer high quality care using his extensive training and background in the field of plastic surgery. Dr. Anigian received an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, and obtained his medical degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX. He then went on to complete a five-year residency in general surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and also a two-year program in plastic surgery from Wright State University. Additionally, Dr. Anigian is a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and Texas Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Anigian takes the time to create individualized plans for all his patients. Patient care and safety are his top priorities. If you have any questions regarding breast surgery, whether for a lift, augmentation, or both, Dr. Anigian works hard to address those concerns and strives to help you feel confident in your decision.

Are you considering a breast lift in Dallas, TX? Contact Dr. Gregg Anigian today to discuss your options. Simply call 214-369-0006 or visit www.dallasplasticsurgery.com. Dr. Anigian’s office is located at 8220 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 108, Dallas, TX 75231. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants.

Breast Enlargement Testimonials

How do IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant recipients feel about their breast implants? Hearing from real women will give you important insight into what life after breast augmentation will entail. Do they like their implants? Do they have better self esteem after a breast enlargement? Do they have peace of mind or do they feel anxious? Get these questions answered and more when you watch testimonials recorded by real patients.

Breast Implants and Self Esteem

Can getting breast implants increase your self esteem? Most women choose breast implants to improve their look, but how do women feel about their bodies after surgery? In order to know the answer, we need to ask real patients how they feel. Fortunately, research has been done on this topic. In a study published in the May 2013 issue of Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery researchers found that “breast augmentation improves self esteem and quality of life… Almost all patients would repeat the surgery.” In fact, 92% of women reported better self-esteem and 64% reported a better quality of life. Before surgery 86% of women were self-conscious about their breasts, reduced to only 13% after surgery.

Ashley, a process implementation consultant who received IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants, told us after her breast augmentation, “I’m more comfortable in my own skin and I’m a lot happier.” So the answer is, yes, breast implants can increase your self-esteem. Being comfortable in your own skin can help you become the person you’ve always wanted to be. Breast augmentation isn’t for everyone, but if you’ve ever felt self-conscious about your breasts, if you are looking for a way to boost your confidence and feel happier with the way you look, a breast augmentation is what you need.

Choosing Breast Implants

What do patients say about choosing breast implants for a breast augmentation? Do your research before choosing an implant type. Look at before and after photos, feel the implants at your surgeon’s office, and talk to women you know who have had breast augmentation. Below are some basic details about the three types of implants you will see at exclusive board-certified surgeon’s offices around the country.

  • Saline Breast Implants: Saline implants are FDA approved and available to women ages 18-years old and older. They consist of a silicone shell filled with saline (sterilized salt water). Saline is the same liquid used in IVs. Women who choose these implants enjoy the peace of mind they bring because they are filled with saline. If the implant leaks the patient will know immediately because the implant will deflate. The saline is also naturally absorbed by the body leaving only the shell for a simple removal surgery. The compromise women must make with these implants is that they tend to look unnatural under the skin and are prone to rippling.
  • Silicone Gel Breast Implants: Silicone gel breast implants are silicone shells filled with thick, sticky silicone gel. The FDA approved them only for women ages 22-years and older. Women enjoy the natural look and feel these implants give them. However, the FDA recommends women with silicone gel implants get an MRI three years after having a breast enlargement, then every two years for the life of the implant. This is because silicone gel implants can have a “silent rupture,” a rupture that occurs without the patient’s knowledge. Silicone gel can begin to leak out of the implant and into surrounding tissue. Some women are not comfortable with the idea that silicone gel can come into contact with their breast tissue. Additionally, depending on the severity of the leak, removal surgery can be complicated and messy. Dr. Eric Desman, a board-certified plastic surgeon, says after a silicone gel implant ruptures patients need “challenging, complicated surgery to get that old implant out and then put a new implant in. If the patient puts new silicone gel implants back in, then they’re just restarting the clock on the next problem or process with a leaked silicone gel implant.”
  • IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants: IDEAL IMPLANT was created by a board-certified plastic surgeon who wanted a different option for his patients undergoing breast augmentation. Dr. Robert Hamas developed this new technology which consists of nested silicone shells filled with saline. The shell layers allow movement in the implant, but the internal structure gives it stability resulting in a smooth implant and natural looking results. The FDA approved them for women ages 18-years old and up. Because this implant is filled with saline there is no need for repeated MRIs, the saline is naturally absorbed by the body in case of a rupture. One IDEAL IMPLANT recipient, Heather, a plastic surgery practice manager, told us “saline based is a smart decision” because there is no fear that silicone gel is leaking while you remain unaware. Heather’s statement is consistent with a 2017 survey which asked 933 women if they would feel concerned about a silent rupture in silicone gel implants. 98% of women reported they would be somewhat concerned to constantly concerned about silent rupture with silicone gel implants. With the IDEAL IMPLANT women can get the peace of mind of saline with the beautiful results of silicone gel.

Benefits and Compromises of Breast Enlargement Surgery

We’ve already covered some of the benefits and compromises each breast implant type offers. But what else should you know before seeing your surgeon? Ruth, a certified medical assistant and IDEAL IMPLANT recipient, tells us that choosing the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant is a no-brainer because “you get the softness, you get the safety, and you don’t have to worry.” While the FDA has approved all three types of breast implants as safe for women in the approved age groups, the 2017 survey data shows us that silicone gel implants still cause some women anxiety. Women should be aware of these findings so they can make an informed decision between saline, silicone gel, and structured breast implants.

One way to reduce anxiety after getting a breast enhancement with silicone gel breast implants is by getting the recommended MRIs. The FDA writes, “MRI continues to be an effective method of detecting silent rupture of silicone gel-filled breast implants.” Unfortunately these MRIs are not usually covered by insurance companies, and are not 100% effective at detecting a silent rupture. Dr. Sophie Bartsich, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York, tells us, “I’ve found that sometimes MRIs are not actually very reliable. In some instances, a patient’s MRI said the silicone gel implant had ruptured, and then when I went in to operate on it, it actually hadn’t. I’ve had one or two patients where an MRI showed the implant wasn’t ruptured, but based on my clinical exam I really thought there was a concern, so I went in and it turned out it was ruptured.”

Despite the compromises, women have still chosen silicone gel breast implants because of the beautiful results. Now, with the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant, women don’t have to compromise beauty for peace of mind. In the 2017 survey mentioned previously 91% of women surveyed reported that if the overall performance of the implant is similar, they would prefer saline coming into contact with their tissue in case of rupture over silicone gel. This includes 73% of women who already had silicone gel breast implants. Dr. Bartsich tells us when she uses the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant in her practice, “people like the structure, the stability of the shape, and the feel. I’ve had no one complain it didn’t feel normal or natural.”

Choosing the Right Implant for Your Breast Enhancement

If you’re considering breast augmentation it is important to do your research before choosing an implant. Research the benefits and compromises of each type, talk to other patients about how they feel after their breast enlargement, look at before and after pictures, and talk to your board-certified plastic surgeon. Your implants could be with you for the rest of your life so you should choose one that gives you beautiful results and peace of mind.

Considering breast implants? Contact a board-certified plastic surgeon today to discuss your options. Simply visit idealimplant.com/find-a-surgeon to find one near you. Visit idealimplant.com today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants.

“Phenomenal” Results from Breast Surgery in Newport Beach

A Southern California woman named Meredith recently appeared on the television show The Doctors to discuss her experience with post-pregnancy breast surgery in Newport Beach, and why she is so happy with her choice o the IDEAL IMPLANT for her breast augmentation. Meredith, a mother of two, explains why she thinks women who are considering breast surgery, or a combination of procedures known as a “mommy makeover,” are great candidates for the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant. The Doctors is a nationally-syndicated daytime talk show created by Dr. Phil McGraw that focuses on health and medical issues, as a team of medical professionals and guests discuss health-related topics and answer questions from viewers they may be too embarrassed to ask their own doctors.

A Natural Feel, Without the Risk of Silent Rupture

Meredith, like many women, was disappointed with the loss of volume in her breast tissue after breastfeeding her kids.  She wanted a return to her pre-pregnancy shape and her mother-in-law recommended IDEAL IMPLANT. Meredith wanted saline-filled implants, stating she was “being cautious . . . being a mom.” She understood that in case of a rupture, unlike silicone gel implants, the saline (a sterile salt water solution) would be safely absorbed into her body and she would know immediately by just looking in the mirror.

By contrast, silicone gel is not absorbed into the body but remains around the implant. Because of this, the rupture is a “silent rupture,” not detectable without expensive medical imaging, typically not covered by insurance. When a silicone gel implant ruptures, more extensive surgery is required to remove the silicone gel that is leaking into the surrounding tissue. While silicone gel implants tend to look more natural than traditional saline implants, the IDEAL IMPLANTS unique structured design controls the saline, resulting in a natural look and feel similar to silicone gel, but with the peace of mind of only saline inside.

When Meredith heard about IDEAL IMPLANT she found what she calls “the perfect solution.” Six years after getting IDEAL IMPLANT she says they’re “phenomenal” Watch the video for before and after images of Meredith and see for yourself why she’s so happy with her striking results.

Dr. Larry Nichter offers IDEAL IMPLANT for Breast Surgery in Newport Beach

Meredith got her IDEAL IMPLANT breast surgery in Newport Beach from Dr. Larry Nichter.  Dr. Nichter is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience and a commitment to keeping up to date on techniques and developments in medicine. Because of this, Dr. Nichter is one of the exclusive plastic surgeons offering the latest in breast implant technology, IDEAL IMPLANT.

Are you considering breast surgery in Newport Beach? Contact Dr. Nichter today to discuss your options. Simply call  949-720-3888 or visit www.PacificCenterPlasticSurgery.com. Dr. Nichter’s office is located at 3991 MacArthur Boulevard, Suite 320/340, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

IDEAL IMPLANT: One Baltimore Patient’s Experience with Breast Implants

Breast Implant Surgery: Finding the Ideal Implants for You

Picking the Ideal Implants For You

Before making an appointment with your plastic surgeon to discuss a breast augmentation, educate yourself on the three different types of implants, risks, complications, and what to expect during surgery. Picking breast implants is a decision that will have a lasting impact on your lifestyle and your confidence. Thoroughly researching breast implants before you see a surgeon will allow you to ask the right questions and make informed decisions which will lead to a better outcome physically, mentally, and emotionally. Visiting our Breast Implant Education Center is a great step to getting your breast implant surgery questions answered.

A Brief History of Breast Implants

Like many devices in the history of medicine, the road to developing the ideal implants for women has been rocky. Before modern-day implants, doctors were injecting women with a variety of materials including goat’s milk, ground rubber, and silk fabric. According to researchers Walter Peters and Victor Fornasier, paraffin injections and liquid silicone injections have been among the most popular choices from the 1890s up until modern implants began to be used in the 1960s. However, they caused many issues in unsuspecting patients ranging from painful lumps to death. Injections often traveled to other parts of the body such as the abdomen or armpits. One of the important facts to note in this history is the lack of regulation before the 1970s. In the US, Congress passed the Medical Device Amendment in 1976 which opened the door for regulators to ensure devices such as breast implants were tested and approved for safety before being placed on the market. To learn more about this history of breast implants read our post on the subject.

The Three Types of Modern Breast Implants

The breast implants you will encounter at your board-certified surgeon’s office are no longer injectables or hazardous substances but properly tested medical grade devices. Here is a brief overview of the three types of breast implants you should consider before your breast implant surgery.

    • Silicone Gel: the FDA approved silicone gel implants in 2006 after a lengthy testing and approval process. Silicone gel filled implants are comprised of a silicone shell filled with silicone gel. The gel inside is thick, sometimes giving these implants the nickname “gummy-bear” implants. Many women love the look and feel of these implants, and they have enjoyed popularity. However, a recent survey found that women do have concerns about the possibility of the implant rupturing without their knowledge, known as a “silent rupture.”  While the silicone gel implant is safe when intact, the FDA does recommend removing a ruptured silicone gel implant including the shell and any leaked silicone, so it does not become misshapen, cause discomfort, or migrate. However, the only way to detect a silent rupture is with an MRI, which is why the FDA also recommends women with silicone gel implants get an MRI at three years post-op, then every two years for the life of the implant.
    • Saline: saline breast implants have a silicone shell filled with sterilized salt water (saline).  These implants were the only implants approved by the FDA between 1992 and 2006. Women enjoy the peace of mind that comes with saline breast implants because the body naturally absorbs saline in the case of a rupture. There is no need for repeated MRIs as a rupture will be immediately evident, and nothing will migrate and need to be removed like silicone gel. However, because saline is less dense than breast tissue, these implants tend to look and feel unnatural and can cause ripples under the skin.
  • The IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant: the FDA approved the new technology found in the IDEAL IMPLANT after years of research, testing, and clinical trials. It was developed by a plastic surgeon to address the compromises women feel they have to make when choosing between saline implants and silicone gel implants for their breast implant surgery. The IDEAL IMPLANT is a saline filled implant with an outer silicone shell and a baffle structure inside that controls the flow of saline. The result is an implant that has structure and stability, fewer ripples, a natural look, a natural feel and peace of mind.

What Complications and Risks Should You Know About?

According to the FDA, the most common complications with breast augmentations are implant rupture, capsular contracture, reoperation, and removal. Reoperation and removal can occur due to a variety of reasons such as rupture or dissatisfaction with results. Removal may or may not be followed by replacement. It is important to note that breast augmentation is surgery and comes with the same risks and complications that occur with any other surgery. Your doctor can further explain risks and complications you should be aware of, including infection and problems with anesthesia. Different implant types and brands have their own statistics on the rate and risk of reoperation, removal, rupture, and capsular contracture. Choosing an implant with statistically lower risks means a decreased chance of complications that can lead to discomfort and removal. Read below for more information about implant rupture and capsular contracture, including important statistics.

Implant Rupture

An implant rupture is when the outer shell of an implant tears. With saline implants, this causes deflation as the saline flows out and is naturally absorbed by surrounding tissue. A rupture in a saline implant is immediately detectable because of total deflation. With the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant, a rupture is still easily detectable, but the structured layers and two lumens inside mean the deflation will not be total. In silicone gel filled implants, the silicone gel may stay close to the tear or stick to the surrounding tissues. To remove ruptured implants the surgeon must remove the shell, and in the case of silicone gel implants, the surgeon must also remove any silicone gel stuck to the tissues. Removal surgery for silicone gel implants that have ruptured or had capsular contracture may include a capsulectomy, where the surgeon removes the thickened scar tissue surrounding the breast implant. To confirm a tear or hole in a silicone gel filled implant, your doctor will order an MRI. Some women with silicone gel implants may have had a tear or hole for several years without knowing it, which is why the FDA recommends regular MRIs for these women. The FDA recommends removal of all types of implants that have torn, even if the implant is not causing symptoms. See the table below for the rupture risk of some of the top silicone gel brands and the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant.

Brand Name Rupture Risk for Primary Augmentation*
 

Allergan gel

Mentor gel

Sientra gel

IDEAL IMPLANT

7.4%

3.4%

5.4%

1.8%

*FDA Core clinical trial results for primary augmentation; 7-year for IDEAL IMPLANT and Allergan; 6-year for Mentor and Sientra since 7-year results not published.

Capsular Contracture

According to the FDA, capsular contracture is “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.” Capsular contracture can happen any time after your breast implant surgery. In many cases, your doctor will recommend removal and replacement. See the table below for the capsular contracture risk of some of the top silicone gel brands and the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant.

Brand Name Capsular Contracture Risk for Primary Augmentation*
  

Allergan gel

Mentor gel

Sientra gel

IDEAL IMPLANT

16.2%

9.8%

10.0%

6.3%

*FDA Core clinical trial results for primary augmentation; 7-year for IDEAL IMPLANT and Allergan; 6-year for Mentor and Sientra since 7-year results not published.

To read more about implant types and common complications visit this post.

What Will Breast Implant Surgery Entail?

Before your surgery, gather information on what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. Knowing what will happen to your body will allow you to prepare mentally, physically, and emotionally, leading to a better outcome.

Before Surgery

Before your surgery, you will meet with a surgeon and choose the ideal implants for your body, desired results, and lifestyle. If you desire a natural look and natural feel, your doctor will most likely recommend the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant, or a silicone gel filled implant. If you are concerned about the cost or hassle of repeated MRIs, or you feel uncomfortable with silicone gel, make sure your doctor offers the IDEAL IMPLANT so you can choose a saline-filled implant with a natural look and natural feel. Your surgeon should talk you through the procedure and answer any questions you have. If your surgeon ever makes you feel uncomfortable or refuses to answer important questions, consider looking for a new surgeon. For more information on finding the right surgeon read our post here.  

During Surgery

Breast implant surgery typically takes a few hours and, as long as there are no complications, you should be able to go home the same day. During the operation, you will be put under general anesthesia or IV sedation. Your surgeon will make one of the following incisions to place the breast implant:

    • Inframammary – under the breast fold
    • Transaxillary – under the arm
  • Periareolar – around the nipple

Silicone gel filled implants are pre-filled to a predetermined size. Saline implants are placed and then filled by the surgeon with the desired amount of saline. Because they are not pre-filled, the IDEAL IMPLANT, can fit through a smaller incision site. Your surgeon will place the implants either below the chest wall muscles (submuscular) or above them (subglandular). Your surgeon will then close the incision with tape, stitches, or glue.

Post-Op

Breast implant surgery typically does not require an overnight stay at the surgery center or hospital. Be sure you have a friend or family member available to bring you home, which should be an hour or so after surgery. Your breasts will be wrapped with gauze and a bandage or support bra. It is important to follow all your surgeon’s post-op instructions for the best possible outcome. Wear your support bra and rest for as long as your surgeon recommends, take any medication prescribed, and be aware of the signs of infection. Call your doctor immediately if you have any concerns, or visit the ER if you believe it is an emergency. After the first week, the worst of the pain should be gone, but swelling and soreness will remain for a few weeks. Following your surgeon’s instructions for limiting activities, exercising, and follow-up visits will ensure you end up with the ideal implants for years to come.

To learn more about what to expect from a breast augmentation visit this page.

How to Choose a Doctor

How do you know you’re choosing an experienced, compassionate surgeon who will help you through this process? Asking the right questions during your initial consultation will help you determine if a plastic surgeon is the right one for you. Your breast augmentation is a decision that will affect you physically, emotionally, and mentally for many years to come. Make sure you have a surgeon who listens to and responds to your questions and concerns. Keep in mind the following when interviewing a plastic surgeon.

    • Is your surgeon board-certified? Being certified by the American Board Of Plastic Surgery means your surgeon is kept to a higher standard of care and stays up to date with safe and effective methods of surgery. To learn more about the American Board Plastic Surgery visit their website.

For a checklist of questions, you should ask your surgeon, print this FDA Checklist.  

To find a board-certified surgeon in your area, visit the IDEAL IMPLANT plastic surgeon finder.

How Much Does Breast Implant Surgery Cost?

Breast implants vary based on the office you choose, the implant you choose, and your location. Because it is a cosmetic procedure insurance companies typically do not cover the surgery or any complications that may arise as a result of the operation. Despite this, many women feel like it is the best money they have spent because of the increased self-esteem they have. When calculating your costs don’t forget to add the following:

    • MRIs: if you choose a silicone gel implant the FDA recommends an MRI every two years to check for a “silent rupture”. Most insurance companies do not cover this procedure.
  • Rupture Risk, Capsular Contracture Risk: all breast implants are at risk of a rupture or causing capsular contracture, but some have a higher risk than others. Look at the statistics when choosing breast implants to make an educated decision. Don’t let your surgeon push you toward a specific implant if the risk factors make you concerned. Make sure you have money put aside in case you need a reoperation.

Your Life Beyond Breast Implant Surgery

Breast implants can give you more confidence and self-esteem, but getting them shouldn’t be a spur of the moment decision. When you educate yourself about the options, the risks, and what to expect you will be able to enjoy your new body for years to come. It all starts with picking the ideal implants for you. For more information about breast implants visit IDEAL IMPLANT today.

Know Your Options for Breast Lifts and Breast Implants

If you are curious about your options for breast implants and how they affect you in the long term, watch this excellent explanation by YouTuber Jenny Eden of Jenny Knows Implants. It is important to do your research and know your options.  Jenny’s explanation of the IDEAL IMPLANT versus saline implant is a great place to start.


How is the IDEAL IMPLANT Different?

Jenny does a great job explaining the difference between the saline implants and the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants. The IDEAL IMPLANT and saline implants are similar in that they are both filled with sterilized salt water (saline), which is safely absorbed into the body if the implant ruptures. However, because saline is less dense than breast tissue it acts unnaturally and tends to show ripples in saline implants. The IDEAL IMPLANT fixed this problem with an inner structure, meaning the implant will keep its natural shape with movement that does not ripple or act like water under your skin. In Jenny’s video she shakes each implant so viewers can really see the difference in movement and how each implant really acts.

What About Firmness After a Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation?

Jenny mentions the only complaint she has heard about the IDEAL IMPLANT is an uncomfortable firmness felt by some women. The good thing about this is it can be very easily alleviated by reducing the amount of saline in the implant. If you have any concerns about your choices, call your doctor to discuss them. You should enjoy your body after your breast lift or breast augmentation! As Jenny notes, although she does not personally have the IDEAL IMPLANT, she has heard many positive things about them from women in her community. Real women love the IDEAL IMPLANT because they get the best of both worlds–natural appearance, and peace of mind! For more information about the IDEAL IMPLANT, or to find a doctor in your area who offers them, visit https://idealimplant.com today!

Breast Augmentation: Breast Enlargement and Plastic Surgery, Torrance, California

Dr. Newman offers IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants because he wants his patients to feel good about their breasts. The comfort and peace of mind that saline implants offer means women don’t worry about “silent ruptures”. However, silicone gel implants give women the shape and feel of natural breasts. With the IDEAL IMPLANT patients get the best of both worlds. As the latest in breast enlargement options, IDEAL IMPLANT offers a structured implant filled with saline and also the natural feel of silicone gel. See the outstanding results for yourself in our before and after photos.

For Plastic Surgery, Torrance Women Choose Dr. Newman

Dr. Newman has extensive cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery experience. His medical training began at UCLA, after which he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Newman has experience performing a full range of plastic surgery procedures, has been a part of research projects, and has won numerous awards. Patients who come to Dr. Newman for breast augmentation have been very pleased with the results, such as this patient who underwent breast enlargement with the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants:

“It’s been over 5 weeks since my surgery, and everything’s looking good so far. I’m very happy with my results, and the size is perfect–not too small, not too big… I turned 33 years old last week, and I had time to reflect on my life a bit… I realized that I am so much happier with my body now than I was last year. I definitely feel more confident with myself all around… and I’m so happy with the results”

South Bay Plastic Surgeons: The Patient’s Choice for Breast Enlargement

Patients who want the latest technology for breast augmentation choose Dr. Newman at South Bay Plastic Surgeons because he is one of the exclusive surgeons nationwide to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT. Torrance patients enjoy the skill and care Dr. Newman offers his patients, as well as the peace of mind and natural feel that comes with the IDEAL IMPLANT.

Considering breast implants in Torrance? Contact Dr. Michael Newman today to discuss your options. Simply call (310) 784-0644 or visit https://www.plasticsurgerysource.com. Dr. Newman’s office is located at 3640 Lomita Boulevard, Suite 306, Torrance, CA 90505. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

Ideal Implant Breast Implant Testimonial: I Could Not Be More Thrilled

A recent patient of Newport Beach plastic surgeon Jay Calvert, M.D. recently shared her experience with the Ideal Implant in an effort to help more women make an informed choice about their breast augmentation options.

“I had the Ideal Implant inserted as a part of the clinical trial. I was afraid of silicone and wanted to try an alternative to the saline implants currently on the market.

“I had several girlfriends with both saline and silicone implants. I can tell you whole-heartedly that mine look and feel better than my two girlfriends that had saline implants.

“Do they look and feel exactly the same as silicone? No, but they sure are close. Do they look and feel much better than saline implants previously on the market? Absolutely.  Do I feel they are safer than silicone? Definitely. Am I happy with my decision? 100%.

“They look great, feel great, look natural and don’t bounce around like water balloons. They were done so well that people oftentimes do not believe I got them enhanced and think I am naturally busty. I could not be more thrilled.”

 

Considering breast augmentation in Newport Beach?  Contact Ideal Implant network plastic surgeon Jay Calvert, M.D.

Call (949) 629-4949 or visit DrCalvert.com.

Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon Jay Calvert’s office is located at 1617 Westcliff Drive #207, Newport Beach, CA 92660.