How the Cost of Breast Implants Varies Between Saline, Silicone Gel, and the new IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant

by | Feb 22, 2019 | Breast Implants Before and After, Plastic Surgeon Feature

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More and more women are seeking breast implants every year. Of all the cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2017, breast augmentation came in as the most popular according to a report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. states, “Breast augmentation continues to be the top cosmetic surgical procedure and has been since 2006.” So what should be your first step if you are interested in receiving breast implants? Finding a American Board of Plastic Surgery certified plastic surgeon that will take the time to answer your questions, explain the various types of breast implants, and go over the cost of breast implants and how potential complications or suggested upkeep can impact how much breast implants cost in Torrance, CA.

A New Breast Implant Option

Dr. Michael Newman is a well-known and trusted plastic surgeon in Torrance, California. He is also part of an exclusive group of plastic surgeons that offer the revolutionary IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant. The IDEAL IMPLANT is a new option for women wanting an implant that provides the natural feel and realistic look associated with silicone gel, but without the risk of “silent rupture”. Only plastic surgeons board-certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are allowed to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT to their patients.

How Much Do Breast Implants Costs in Torrance, CA with the IDEAL IMPLANT

As a “structured” implant filled with saline, the IDEAL IMPLANT is made of a series of shells nested together with two separate chambers of saline. This advanced internal structure uses the latest in implant technology to lower the overall cost of breast implants by reducing the risk of developing certain postoperative complications. Comparison of recent FDA core clinical trial data at eight years shows that women with the IDEAL IMPLANT have a substantially lower risk of experiencing implant rupture or capsular contracture than women with silicone gel implants. When calculating how much do breast implants cost in Torrance, CA, it is important to include the potential of further surgical procedures that can increase your long-term costs.  

The risk of implant rupture or deflation at eight years after primary breast augmentation in the core clinical trials is:


Allergan Gel – 7.4%

Mentor Gel – 13.6%

Sientra Gel – 7.2%

Capsular contracture occurs when scar tissue forms around a breast implant. This can cause pain and discomfort to a woman, and also create a distorted look or shape to the implant. The risk of capsular contracture after primary breast augmentation in the core clinical trials is:

IDEAL IMPLANT – 6.6% (8 years)

Allergan Gel – 16.2% (7 years)

Mentor Gel – 10.9% (8 years)

Sientra Gel – 11.2% (8 years)

The Cost of Breast Implants: Saline-filled or Silicone Gel

There are many differences between unstructured saline, silicone gel, and “structured” implants that affect the cost of breast implants. Unstructured saline implants have no internal support, allowing the sterile saltwater solution to move around uncontrolled, creating a less-than-natural feel that replicates the movement of a water balloon. Also, due to the lack of implant strength and support, unstructured saline implants are known to collapse when upright, producing wrinkles and ripples.

When thinking about how much do breast implants cost in Torrance, CA, women should consider the risk of “silent rupture” and the possible expenses that go along with it. Only women with silicone gel implants can experience a “silent rupture”. A “silent rupture” happens when an implant develops a hole or tear, then sticky silicone gel leaks from the implant and gets caught in the surrounding body tissues requiring surgery to remove and clean out the escaped silicone gel.

To avoid a “silent rupture” going undetected for years, the FDA recommends regular MRI scans. Unfortunately, many women have found these MRIs are not covered by their insurance plans, which largely increases the overall cost of breast implants. For women with silicone gel implants, the FDA suggests undergoing an MRI scan three years after breast augmentation surgery, then every two years thereafter for the life of the implants.

The IDEAL IMPLANT with Dr. Newman

With no MRIs required and no risk of “silent rupture,” the IDEAL IMPLANT is a new, innovative breast implant that solves the common concerns women have with unstructured saline and silicone gel implants. The technology-drive design eliminates sloshing of the saline filler, produces a youthful shape and projection, supports the implant when in an upright position to prevent collapse, and reduces wrinkling and rippling.

Dr. Newman recently performed a breast augmentation using the IDEAL IMPLANT. After discussing the different types of breast implants, his patient decided the IDEAL IMPLANT was the best implant to achieve the look and feel she desired. Below are before and after images showing the 370cc IDEAL IMPLANT placed under the muscle through the IMF [inframammary fold] incision.

What to Expect with Dr. Newman

If you are considering breast augmentation and want to learn more about the cost of breast implants, Dr. Newman is ready to help. He is committed to educating his patients on their options to make sure they feel confident and secure in their decision. He remains up-to-date on the latest products, procedures, and techniques to provide exceptional results every time.

Dr. Newman is an active contributor to the plastic surgery community. He works as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Division of Plastic Surgery where he trains residents and cares for patients at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He has also received multiple recognitions for his work as a plastic surgeon such as the Compassionate Doctor Award and the Patient’s Choice Award every year since 2010. In addition, he was selected to be on the SuperDoctors Rising Stars 2013 list published in Los Angeles magazine’s Best of LA issue.

Do you want breast implants in Torrance, CA? Contact Dr. Michael Newman today to discuss your options. Simply call (310) 784-0644 or visit 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.