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

by | Apr 12, 2019 | Plastic Surgeon Feature

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.