IDEAL IMPLANT vs. Silicone Implants: A Plastic Surgeon’s Expert Opinion

by | Oct 18, 2019 | Plastic Surgeon Feature

Breast augmentation has been the most popular plastic surgery in America for many years, but the procedure itself has changed over time. Innovations in science and technology continue to improve the safety as well as the results of breast enhancement. You may find many results in your online search for “plastic surgeons near me,” but Dr. Dallas Buchanan of Vivify Plastic Surgery is part of an exclusive network of plastic surgeons who offer their patients IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants, the latest technology on the breast implant market. He explains its benefits and how it gives breast augmentation patients the peace of mind that silicone implants can’t.    

What is the IDEAL IMPLANT?

“Today we have a new generation of breast implants called the IDEAL IMPLANT that is a structured breast implant, filled with saline. It’s one of the newest technologies in terms of breast implant options for patients.” – Dr. Buchanan

Unstructured saline implants and silicone implants have made a lot of headlines in the news. If you are concerned about the issues with other breast implants and are searching online for “plastic surgeons near me,” consider narrowing your search to include only those who offer the new IDEAL IMPLANT. This new generation of implant is an option for women who want a breast implant that meets all of their expectations for safety and beauty. The IDEAL IMPLANT has a saline filler that is stabilized with an inner structure made of chambers and shells. The unique design controls the movement of the saline and the shape of the implant, giving the IDEAL IMPLANT a beautifully natural look and feel. 

The Security of IDEAL IMPLANT

“The IDEAL IMPLANT is a saline-filled implant, and one of the things that we know about saline-filled implants is that it’s easy to detect a rupture. The inside of the implant is filled with sterile salt water which is a natural material. It’s the same thing we have running in our bodies or that we would give in an IV bag. If there is a rupture of the IDEAL IMPLANT, the saline is just a natural product that is reabsorbed into your body and you know immediately that the implant has ruptured. If there’s a tear in the implant or if it’s broken, the implant will deflate and the saline will be reabsorbed so patients can easily detect a rupture. With silicone implants, if the implant shell cracks you can have what’s called a silent rupture and you may not even know the implant is ruptured.” – Dr. Buchanan

Silicone gel is a sticky substance that cannot be absorbed into the body. If a patient with silicone gel implants experiences a rupture, she will need to undergo a complicated surgery so the leaked gel can be removed. Since ruptures like these are not visible and have no outward signs or symptoms, the FDA recommends that women have an MRI to check for leakage three years after their initial breast augmentation and every two years after that. 

The IDEAL IMPLANT has zero risk of silent rupture. MRIs are not necessary to know whether your implants have ruptured and even if they do, they can be fixed with a simple procedure. With the IDEAL IMPLANT, you will not be searching the internet for “plastic surgeons near me” on a regular basis. You do not need to switch out your implants for new ones every ten years; you can plan on keeping them as long as they are intact.  

How IDEAL IMPLANT Outperforms Other Breast Implants

“There are two big things you worry about with implants. Number one: implant rupture or the breaking of implants. And number two: scar tissue forming around the implant or what we call capsular contracture. The eight-year data that we have available has shown that the IDEAL IMPLANT has the lowest rate of capsular contracture and the lowest rate of rupture for all the breast implants on the market today.” – Dr. Buchanan

Dr. Buchanan refers to the eight-year FDA core clinical trial results for primary breast augmentation which compares the IDEAL IMPLANT to some of the silicone implants on the market. The IDEAL IMPLANT’s risk for capsular contracture is 6.6 percent, while silicone gel implants were found to have a risk as high as 16.2 percent. The risk of rupture was significantly lower for IDEAL IMPLANT as well at just 2.1 percent. A major brand of silicone gel implants has a risk of rupture of 13.6 percent.

Experience Next Generation Results

If you want beautiful, natural looking breast implants none of the worry, it’s time to begin your search for “plastic surgeons near me” who can give you the IDEAL IMPLANT.  Dr. Buchanan and his team proudly offer the IDEAL IMPLANT to their breast augmentation patients who want beauty without compromise. The next generation of breast implants is here, and at Vivify Plastic Surgery, you can experience the difference yourself. 

Considering breast implants in Tampa Bay? Contact Dr. Dallas Buchanan today to discuss your options. Simply call 1-833-2VIVIFY, or visit Dr. Buchanan’s office is located at 1000 W Kennedy Boulevard #202, Tampa, FL, 33606. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT ® Structured Breast Implants.