In a 2017 independent survey, “Women’s Preferences in Breast Implants,” researchers surveyed 933 female respondents about breast implants. Surgeons typically “educate” women about breast augmentation before and after their surgery hoping they will lay aside worries of silent ruptures of silicone gel implants. However, the survey found how women feel about the silent rupture risk of silicone gel implants:
- 98% of women reported they would be somewhat concerned to constantly concerned about a silent rupture.
- 91% of women reported that if the implant is overall similar in performance, they would prefer saline coming into contact with their tissue over silicone gel in case of rupture.
- 95% of women said they would want to replace a silicone gel implant if they knew it had ruptured but was not causing symptoms.
Women Prefer Lower Maintenance Breast Implants
Many women do not realize the long term costs associated with silicone gel implants. While all implants have the possibility of rupturing, and are classified as temporary devices by the FDA, the cost of repeated MRIs to check for silent ruptures can be a financial and psychological burden. The survey found the following data:
- 89% of women said that they would be less likely to choose a silicone gel implant when they learned the FDA recommends regular MRIs to scan for silent ruptures.
- 89% of women said if the performance is overall similar, they would prefer implants where a rupture can be seen by simply looking at the breast, rather than needing an MRI scan.
Women Want the IDEAL IMPLANT
After learning about Structured Breast Implants 49% of women stated they would seek out a surgeon who offers the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant. Women who worried about their breast augmentation before and after surgery were not relieved by the “education” traditionally provided by surgeons and wanted a different option.