Structured Breast Implant Outperforms Silicone Implants in 8-year Study

by | Nov 30, 2018 | Breast Implant Complications, Breast Implant Education Center, Breast Implant Options, News


Lower Major Complication Risks and End of “Silent Rupture” Concerns are Driving a Shift in Implant Choices, Female Plastic Surgeons Across the US Report

8YEAR Breast Implant Safety Data

Ideal Implant announced today the release of its annual breast implant CORE study data, showing a substantially lower risk of major complications compared to silicone implants. The company also reports increasing demand for its IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant, which eliminates concerns over potential “silent rupture” with silicone gel implants, while offering a similar natural look and feel. The smooth-surfaced implant also addresses growing recent concern over cancer risks associated with textured-surfaced implants.

Breast Implant Rupture Risk

The risk of implant rupture or deflation with IDEAL IMPLANT at eight years after primary breast augmentation was only 2.1% in comparison to silicone gel implants from Allergan (7.4%), Mentor (13.6%), and Sientra (7.2%) based on MRI scans.  While Structured implants allow women to detect deflation by looking in the mirror and are filled with saline that is safely absorbed by the body, silicone gel breast implants require an MRI scan to detect rupture, which is recommended by FDA every two years for life.  

“Recent surveys have clearly shown that the majority of women have very real concerns about silicone gel in their bodies and the risk of silent rupture,” reports Dr. Vivian Ting, a Board Certified IDEAL IMPLANT Preferred Surgeon in California who presented the survey data at the ASPS Aesthetica Super Symposium this year. “Surgeons may underestimate this anxiety simply because they don’t share the concern, in great part because about 90% are male. A woman’s anxiety about what is in her body is a critical part of the full treatment picture.”

Dr. Ashley Gordon, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and IDEAL IMPLANT Preferred Surgeon in Austin, Texas, agrees: “Women are very excited about it because I think plastic surgeons don’t really recognize that women are worried about silent rupture. The gel implants felt nice, so surgeons and women were willing to trade that risk for the gel, but now IDEAL IMPLANT offers patients a third choice, a structured implant that feels more like a gel implant with the peace of mind of saline.”

Breast Implant Capsule Contracture Risk

IDEAL IMPLANT also proved superior to silicone gel implants with a lower risk of capsular contracture, a potential breast implant complication wherein the body forms scar tissue around the implant, which can cause the implant to displace, become firm, and potentially cause pain. IDEAL IMPLANT rates of Baker class III/IV capsular contracture at 8 years after primary augmentation were low at 6.6%, compared to silicone gel implants from Allergan (16.2%, 7 yr), Mentor (10.9%, 8 yr), and Sientra (11.2%, 8 yr). Capsular contracture generally requires revision surgery to remove and replace the implant.

“The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant has the best safety profile out there right now,” reports Dr. Ellen Mahony. “It’s pretty amazing that this particular implant has the lowest capsular contracture rate and the lowest leak rate of all of its competitors, yet offers a similar natural look and feel for which silicone gel implants are known. Women don’t have anxiety about potential silent rupture or wondering whether the implant is intact. It’s truly an ideal option for the majority of my breast augmentation patients.”

Dr. Constance Barone, a renowned, board certified plastic surgeon with a busy practice in San Antonio, Texas, and an IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon, expresses similar thoughts. “I show patients every type of implant available. I show them saline. I show them silicone. And I show them the IDEAL IMPLANT. They get to feel and see each of their options, and almost exclusively these days, they pick the IDEAL IMPLANT.”

Female Surgeons Noticing the Trend Toward Structured Breast Implants

Dr. Sophie Bartsich, a Board Certified surgeon in New York and an IDEAL IMPLANT Preferred Surgeon, has also noticed the trend: “Since I’ve introduced the IDEAL IMPLANT to my practice, I’ve had almost no patients who’ve chosen to have something else. I think there’s something that this implant offers that I’m responding to, and that my patients are responding to.”

Long Island Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Christine Blaine reports, “Once patients have the ability to feel the difference between silicone, saline, and IDEAL IMPLANT, they’re more comfortable with the idea of the Structured implant because of the way the IDEAL IMPLANT feels—they feel that it’s soft, it’s more natural. The overall satisfaction rate with the patients that have had the IDEAL IMPLANT placed is great. They love the idea of a safe implant. They love the idea of no silent rupture, no MRIs or monitoring, and the lack of concern for higher complication rates.”

The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant began FDA clinical trials in 2009, and received FDA and Health Canada approval for public use in 2014. The company also offers a first-of-its kind optional Premium Protection Plan which provides limited financial protection for certain complications related to the procedure and/or the implant, and is renewable for life for greater peace of mind. For more information, visit