How Important is Breast Implant Safety to You?

by | Feb 11, 2019 | Breast Implant Complications, Breast Implant Education Center

Women who are considering breast augmentation often wonder if it is truly safe. Rather than put something unfamiliar in their bodies, women want to know the exact makeup of the product that they’re using and how long it will last. Will it cause complications and expenses down the road? They want to be prepared and to know what to expect. If this is how you feel, consider the varying degrees of breast implant safety among your implant considerations as you do your research, and find a Board Certified plastic surgeon you can trust to keep you informed.

Breast Implant Safety

While the FDA considers all approved breast implants safe, long term implant performance can vary widely, demonstrated by years of studies and testing. This is why the FDA requires annual reporting on breast implant complications during clinical trials. Through this reporting, we can easily see which implant is the best breast implant in terms of causing patients the least amount of problems in the future. The most recent eight-year study on the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant shows that, when used in primary augmentation, it offers a dramatically lower risk of implant rupture than other implants. The IDEAL IMPLANT has a rupture risk of only 2.1% in comparison to silicone gel implants, which range from 7.2 to 13.6%.

“Hands down, IDEAL IMPLANT has the best [breast implant] safety profile out of all the competitors right now. And women’s goals in breast implant surgery are really to look good, feel good, and look and be natural … It’s important to recognize that as surgeons and patients learn more about the various implant devices on the market, women patients have added device safety to their top list of breast implant surgery goals. Women are looking for natural choices for helping themselves to feel and look their best. However, as savvy consumers, they also want the device which will be safe for them and worry free for years to come. In terms of breast augmentation, the IDEAL IMPLANT has met all the goals and expectations in terms of safety. These breast implants look good, feel good, they’re natural, and you’re able to detect a leak just by looking in the mirror.” – Dr. Ellen Mahony

Saline Implants

Saline-filled implants are a type of breast implant that allows you to detect implant rupture just by looking in the mirror. The benefit of saline-filled implants is the implant shape will visibly change, and the saline solution that leaks out will harmlessly be absorbed by your body.   Unstructured saline implants tend to ripple and feel more like water balloons than natural breasts. One advantage of the structured IDEAL IMPLANT is how natural it looks and feels. Because of the structured design of the IDEAL IMPLANT, with it’s saline filling and surrounding baffle shells, it holds its shape and feels natural, thus providing both aesthetic beauty and peace of mind.


The IDEAL IMPLANT, used in primary augmentation, has also demonstrated a lower risk of capsular contracture, a potential breast implant complication where the body forms scar tissue around the implant. This can cause the implant to displace, become firm, and potentially cause discomfort and pain. The risk of this at eight years with IDEAL IMPLANT is only 6.6%, compared to silicone gel implants, which range from 10.9 to 16.2%. Because these implants provide breast implant safety along with a beautiful look and natural feel, our IDEAL IMPLANT patients don’t have to compromise their piece of mind to obtain the look they want and record some of the highest satisfaction rates we’ve ever seen.

The patient satisfaction has been across the board very good. We haven’t had to go back in and remove them because they didn’t like them. I would say at this point it has been very positive for the patient and the surgeon and continues to grow. We started obviously at zero, but it has basically overtaken my practice as far as the number one choice for breast implants in my practice.” – Dr. Robert Colgrove

The Best Breast Implants For You

Once you know your options and the different safety profiles of each implant, your choice will become clear. Decide now what aspects of your implant you are willing to compromise, and what aspects you definitely will not negotiate. If breast implant safety is something you do not want to be worrying about for the rest of your life, the IDEAL IMPLANT is a great option for you. Becoming informed is the first step. Choosing the best option for you personally, based on that information, is the next.

Your surgeon will explain all of your options to you and the associated benefits and risks. They will let you feel each type of implant and give you an idea of how you will look after surgery. They will explain costs and payment plans to you so that you feel confident in your decision that you’ve chosen the best breast implants for you mentally, physically, and financially. You will know if you’ve chosen the best option for you if you feel 100% supported by your surgeon, and can have the peace of mind that your choice is the right one.

Finding the Right Surgeon

Now that you have an idea of the best breast implant for you, the next step is to find the right surgeon. Not every plastic surgeon out there offers the IDEAL IMPLANT, and not all surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This means that they do not have the extra education, training, and experience that Board Certified plastic surgeons do. There exists a small group of surgeons called IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeons – they are not only Board Certified and offer the IDEAL IMPLANT at their practice, but they also have extensive experience and specialized training with the IDEAL IMPLANT itself as well as being experts in breast implant safety.  

Finding someone with the right training is important, but also keep in mind their bedside manner and how they make you feel. The surgeon that worked for your family member might not click as well with you. Find a surgeon who will take the time to get to know you, answer your questions and concerns, and inform you of all your options. You should feel like you and your surgeon are working together as a team to customize the best breast implants and the best possible outcome for your individual body and lifestyle.

In the end, your ability to choose is what matters most. You have the ability and freedom to thoroughly research your options and ask your surgeon as many questions as you need to. Ponder not only the beautiful results you desire after surgery, but the lasting effect your implants will have on your body and finances in the future. Consider the extra confidence boost that peace of mind will give you throughout your life. The best breast implants are truly the ones that enhance your life without adding any worries.