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What makes IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants different from silicone gel or saline breast implants in Virginia Beach? Due to their advanced internal structure, women do not have to sacrifice beauty for security. The IDEAL IMPLANT combines the best characteristics of both types of implants—the natural feel and realistic look of silicone gel, plus the peace of mind that comes with saline.

First of its Kind

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Denk is eligible to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT, and has found this new breast implant option a popular choice among his Virginia Beach plastic surgery patients. As a “structured” implant, the IDEAL IMPLANT is the first of its kind. It is made up of a series of shells nested together that hold two separate chambers of saline. This unique design came about after ten years of extensive testing, development, and research to specifically give women an implant that used saline rather than silicone gel as a filler, yet still provided the benefits women expect from silicone gel implants.

Silicone Gel Breast Implants in Virginia Beach

Silicone gel implants are known for their ability to replicate the look and feel of natural breast tissue, but silicone gel implants are also known for their required maintenance and potential risks. All women with silicone gel implants face the possibility of experiencing a “silent rupture.” This rupture only applies to silicone gel implants because a rupture can go undetected for years, all while sticky silicone gel migrates into the surrounding tissues of a woman’s body. When this happens, further plastic surgery in Virginia Beach is required to clean out the trapped silicone gel and remove the ruptured implant. A physical exam is not enough to detect a “silent rupture.” An MRI is required. This is why the FDA recommends regular MRI scans if you choose this type of implant, suggesting to receive your first MRI three years following a breast augmentation and every two years thereafter for the life of the implants.

“Structured” or Saline Breast Implants in Virginia Beach

There is no risk of “silent rupture”, and no required monitoring for rupture with IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant or a saline breast implant. If a rupture occurs, both kinds of implants will begin to deflate and the body will harmlessly absorb the sterile saltwater solution. A simple look in the mirror will confirm whether the implants are intact. But while this is a similarity between the two implant options, there are also some major differences between “structured” implants and saline implants. Saline implants lack an internal support system, so when an implant ruptures, the entire implant can deflate. Since the IDEAL IMPLANT holds saline in separate chambers, a “structured” implant will continue to hold part of its shape until the implant is replaced.

Furthermore, women report that saline implants have a less-than-natural feel because they move and behave like a water balloon. Sloshing, referred to as the “water-hammer” effect, is a common concern among women with saline implants, as is wrinkling or rippling since saline implants may collapse when in an upright position. The innovative structure of the IDEAL IMPLANT addresses these problems for those women that choose breast augmentation plastic surgery in Virginia Beach. The IDEAL IMPLANT advanced internal structure:

  • Eliminates sloshing
  • Reduces wrinkling and rippling
  • Gives structural strength to the implant to prevent collapse
  • Provides desired projection and volume
  • Produces the natural feel and realistic look women expect with silicone gel
  • Conforms to the natural curve of a woman’s chest
  • Requires a smaller incision than with silicone gel implants
  • Creates a lower risk of implant rupture and capsular contracture

Lower Risk with the IDEAL IMPLANT

All plastic surgery in Virginia Beach comes with risk, but another significant advantage of IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants is a proven lower risk of developing certain major complications following primary breast augmentation compared to silicone gel implants. A recent study followed the rate of capsular contracture and implant rupture among women with the IDEAL IMPLANT and three brands of silicone gel implants. The FDA trial data concluded the risk of implant rupture or deflation eight years after primary breast augmentation to be:

IDEAL IMPLANT – 2.1%

Allergan Gel – 7.4%

Mentor Gel – 13.6%

Sientra Gel – 7.2%

The study also looked at the rate of capsular contracture. Capsular contracture is when the body forms scar tissue around an implant, causing the shape and look of the implant to become distorted, plus potential pain and discomfort to a woman. The FDA trial data showed the risk of capsular contracture after primary breast augmentation to be:

IDEAL IMPLANT – 6.6% (8 year)

Allergan Gel – 16.2% (7 year)

Mentor Gel – 10.9% (8 year)

Sientra Gel – 11.2% (8 year)

Breast Augmentation Results

Below are before and after images showing the work of Dr. Denk with the IDEAL IMPLANT. This 40-year-old patient wanted to improve the size, shape, and look of her breasts, and decided the IDEAL IMPLANT was the best fit to accomplish those goals. She chose to receive the 405cc IDEAL IMPLANTS filled to 455cc.  

Want Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach?

Have you considered breast augmentation? Dr. Denk comes highly qualified with years of training and expertise. He was named “Top Doc” by Coastal Virginia Magazine and selected as “Best Cosmetic Surgeon” by Virginia Living Magazine. During his five-year General Surgery Residency, Dr. Denk served as Chief Resident at the State University New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, and also received the Excellence in Teaching Award. He then moved to Virginia and completed a three-year residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, then finished his surgical training with a Microsurgery Fellowship at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University.

Dr. Denk takes the time to help his patients understand the difference between the IDEAL IMPLANT, silicone gel, and saline breast implants. In Virginia Beach, his patients can expect personalized care with exceptional results. He is committed to helping women achieve the look they desire, while also creating the best possible Virginia Beach plastic surgery experience. He works together with his patients to answer their questions, address their concerns, and make sure they feel confident in their decision to pursue breast implants.

Reviews of Dr. Denk

A Realself patient testimonial by miss_jules_anne states:

“Hands down, I could not have asked for a better surgeon. From my consultation to surgery to post operative care, Dr. Denk & his staff have created a comfortable and welcoming environment. Dr. Denk is immensely knowledgeable and skilled, and his results are on point. My breasts look natural and I couldn’t be happier with the results. He did an amazing job and I am happy to recommend him to anyone seeking a cosmetic surgeon.”

A Realself review by vadiamond reads:

“After finally making the decision to have breast augmentation surgery, I could not have chosen a better surgeon. Dr. Denk and his wonderful staff were warm, welcoming and able to answer all of my questions. They are a wonderful team of professionals that I would highly recommend.”

Another patient, anoe005 on Realself writes:

“Dr. Denk and Jennifer have been the most helpful and enthusiastic team. They not only care about their patient’s well-being but take pride in the esthetics of plastic surgery. I would recommend them to anyone!”

The Next Step

Are you considering breast implants in Virginia Beach? Contact Dr. Michael Denk today to discuss your options. Simply call 757-330-6747, or visit associatesplasticsurgery.com.  Dr. Denk’s office is located at 1037 First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.