IDEAL IMPLANT® vs. Silicone Implants in New Evaluation

by | Aug 5, 2019 | Breast Implant Education Center, Breast Implant Options

In a recent 8-year study, the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant was determined to have significantly lower rates of rupture and capsular contracture. Two recent evaluation procedures were created to further test and compare breast implants to see if the IDEAL IMPLANT still excelled in other areas, like malleability under mechanical strains and tangent moduli, or stability and softness correlation. During these evaluation procedures the IDEAL IMPLANT was tested against and compared to two types of silicone implants, the Allergan Natrelle INSPIRA Gel, and the Allergan Natrelle INSPIRA Cohesive Gel. These silicone gel implants are the most similar to the IDEAL IMPLANT in size, shape and texture in order to create the closest comparison. The procedures run, the results from both implants, and the conclusion of the study will be discussed below. 

New Procedures

The new evaluations of breast implants are both accurate and reproducible. Rather than waiting years to see how an implant will react in a patient’s body, these testing procedures allow for testing of an implant’s strength and flexibility beforehand which can indicate breast implant durability and stability. This could lead to creating future implants with even more advanced technology and even less risks. 

  • The initial evaluation was a test of how various types of breast implants respond geometrically to different load amounts. This helps explain the shape the implant will take depending on the type of activity performed, from laying down to vigorous aerobic exercise. This was performed by placing the breast implants between two parallel metal plates and measuring the differences between the diameter of the implant before and after compression under several different weight loads. 
  • The second procedure used tested the correlation between implant stability and implant softness by measuring the force to pinch or squeeze the implants by simulated fingertips. The amount that the implant moved and was displaced by the simulated fingertips indicated both the softness and stability of the IDEAL IMPLANT vs. the silicone implants. “. . . the pinch force for the IDEAL IMPLANT is similar to the pinch force for the Allergan gel implant, which is considered to be a standard for softness comparison. The pinch force for the IDEAL IMPLANT is also found to be much lower than the Allergan cohesive gel implant pinch force. The measured force for each local diametric strain therefore provides a mathematical description of the implant tactility or palpability. For a given local diametric strain such as squeezing or pinching, a more compliant, or softer implant, would require a lower force to squeeze or pinch the implant.”

IDEAL IMPLANT vs. Silicone Gel 

According to this new methodology, the IDEAL IMPLANT held its shape and profile better and more consistently under different load types than the silicone implants. This means that a woman with IDEAL IMPLANTS can exercise, run, embrace, lay down, etc., without worrying about a drastic change in the way her implants look. This also means that the IDEAL IMPLANT is stronger, which leads to zero cases of folding failures and lower rates of rupture and capsular contracture. Although the implant is very strong, it doesn’t feel firm. At lower compression rates like in the pinching and squeezing evaluation, the IDEAL IMPLANT displays similar or greater softness to silicone gel implants

“Compared to gel implants of similar size, the IDEAL IMPLANT has lower multi-dimensional strains and higher tangent moduli especially for loads exceeding about 100 N. The shape stability of the IDEAL IMPLANT described mathematically by these factors may help explain the higher ultimate strength of the IDEAL IMPLANT, the absence of clinical fold flaw failures, and the favorable clinical outcomes of lower CC rates and lower deflation/rupture rates, especially those related to shell failures. Despite the higher shape stability of the IDEAL IMPLANT relative to [silicone] implants, at low, localized compressive loads the IDEAL IMPLANT exhibits palpability similar to a gel implant, and is much more compliant to localized compressive forces than the cohesive gel implant.” 


According to these methods used to compare the IDEAL IMPLANT to silicone implants, the IDEAL IMPLANT outperforms the silicone gel implants tested in strength and durability while being comparable to silicone implants in softness. 

“Future testing using this methodology may help in understanding the linkage between implant mechanical properties and clinical outcomes. This methodology may also provide the means to assess and optimize current and future implant designs toward improved clinical outcomes.” 

Thanks to these new evaluation procedures, patients can rest assured that their implants will be dependable and beautiful for a very long time. The IDEAL IMPLANT offers women a separate option from saline and silicone gel. Gone are the days that women need to worry about their breast implants rippling, changing shape, or rupturing. With the IDEAL IMPLANT, women have access to a soft, durable implant that looks natural and offers peace of mind. To find out more about the IDEAL IMPLANT, visit