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How Much Do Breast Implants Cost? The True Cost of Breast Implants

Discovering the True Cost of Breast Implants

If you’re researching “how much do breast implants cost,” chances are you are imagining all the benefits they offer. Breast augmentation is the top cosmetic plastic surgery procedure performed in the United States for a reason. Breast augmentations have a high rate of patient satisfaction according to research. In a study published in the May 2013 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, researchers gathered information from 225 women after their breast augmentations. The study revealed that 91.1% of women felt improved self-esteem, 64.3% had an improved quality of life, and 98.7% would repeat the surgery. But there is another side to breast implants, one you should know about before scheduling your plastic surgery consultation. While the initial costs and satisfaction rates are similar between implant types, the long-term maintenance costs and emotional toll differs in important ways. Silicone gel breast implants carry a high rate of certain complications and an increased anxiety when compared to the newest breast implant on the market, IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

Primary Breast Augmentation Costs

How much do breast implants cost? That may seem like a simple question, but like many simple questions there are nuances to it. Primary breast augmentations vary based on location, surgeon, and implant you choose. The cost of a breast augmentation and any subsequent breast procedure is typically not covered by insurance companies because it is an elective, cosmetic procedure. Web MD states that the total cost for a breast augmentation surgery can range from $5,000-$10,000. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2017 the average cost of a breast augmentation was $3,718, however this estimate does not include things like anesthesia and other unavoidable surgical expenses. In 2017 the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery found the average surgeon fees for a breast augmentation with saline implants was $3,515. For silicone gel breast implants it rises to $4,014. Again, these average prices do not include the related medical expenses.

Breast Implant Maintenance Costs

Your primary augmentation is not the only cost you need to factor in when you are asking how much do breast implants cost. Women with silicone gel breast implants must factor in long term maintenance costs. Silicone gel breast implants can have “silent ruptures,” where an implant ruptures without showing any symptoms. The FDA recommends women with silicone gel implants get an MRI scan three years after getting their implants, then every two years for the life of the implant to detect silent ruptures. If a silicone gel implant ruptures, you will need surgery to remove the implant shell and any leaked silicone gel. It is important to remove implants that have ruptured because the silicone gel may begin to leak outside of the capsule and cause painful symptoms. The FDA lists a few of these symptoms as, “a decrease in breast size, change in breast implant shape, hard lumps over the implant or chest area, an uneven appearance of the breasts, pain or tenderness, tingling, swelling, numbness, burning, or changes in sensation.” However, because of the out-of-pocket cost of MRIs, many women skip their recommended MRI scans. According to Business Insider the average cost of an MRI is $444 to $1468. That means if a woman with silicone gel breast implants keeps up with the recommended MRIs she will pay on average $3,108 to $10,276 just for MRIs if her implants stay intact for 20 years. That puts the total cost of silicone gel breast implants closer to $10,000-$20,000 over 20 years, and even more if a revision surgery is needed.

Problems With MRIs

Unfortunately, MRIs come with issues in addition to the financial strain. While the FDA states that an MRI is the best way to detect a silent rupture, many plastic surgeons have reported that it isn’t always accurate. Dr. Sophie Bartsich, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York, tells us,

“I’ve found that sometimes MRIs are not actually very reliable. In some instances, a patient’s MRI said the silicone gel implant had ruptured, and then when I went in to operate on it, it actually hadn’t. I’ve had one or two patients where an MRI showed the implant wasn’t ruptured, but based on my clinical exam I really thought there was a concern, so I went in and it turned out it was ruptured.”

How Much Do Breast Implants Cost Under Warranty?

Manufacturer’s warranty programs can mitigate some of the costs of treating complications. But, the warranty payment is only available if a rupture is detected. Some surgeons fail to inform their patients of the need for periodic MRIs, or downplay the FDA recommendation in order to make a sale. “Many women don’t know about the maintenance costs and potential expenses of silicone gel implants,” reports Dr. Ellen Mahony, board-certified plastic surgeon in Westport, CT.  “Because rupture with a silicone gel implant is ‘silent,’ it can go undetected for an extended period, often not becoming obvious until the process of capsular contraction has begun.” Capsular contraction leads to a more complex surgery. That means added surgical costs which your warranty may not cover.

How Much Do Breast Implants Cost to Remove and Replace?

If your breast implants rupture, or you develop capsular contracture (two of the top reasons for revision surgery according to the FDA), you will need surgery to correct the issue. You can choose to remove your breast implants with or without replacement. This surgery will be similar in cost to your primary breast augmentation, or could be higher depending on the complexity. Again, health insurance companies do not usually cover costs associated with breast implants, even if you have a medical reason to remove them. As stated above, warranties may or may not cover costs as well.

Women with ruptured silicone gel implants also need to factor in downtime when asking how much do breast implants cost. Whether you take time off work, hire a babysitter for your kids, or make other accommodations while you recover from surgery, you need to factor in these costs. Dr. Jane Rowley, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Lubbock, Texas, explains the difference between removal of silicone gel implants and the IDEAL IMPLANT, “there’s a big difference between removing a ruptured IDEAL IMPLANT and a ruptured silicone gel implant. A ruptured IDEAL IMPLANT can be removed easily with a local anesthetic. A silicone gel implant, if they’re not ruptured, can come out that easy. But if they are ruptured, most of the time its stuck, and it bleeds, and you have to put drains in. So it’s not an easy recovery, it’s not an easy surgery. With an IDEAL IMPLANT I can almost guarantee them ahead of time, if your implant is leaking it will be easy to remove and replace, you will be back to work in a day or two at the most. With a silicone gel implant I’ll say, ‘I don’t know what your recovery is going to be, it might come out easily, it might not come out easily. You might need to take week off work, you might have to take two days off work.’”

The Likelihood of Subsequent Surgeries

Many women are tempted to brush aside the idea of complications when asking how much do breast implants cost, thinking it won’t happen to them. Knowing your statistical risk of complications will help you plan ahead and pick an implant that is more likely to keep you out of complex surgery in the future. For primary augmentations, silicone gel implants have a higher complication rate for both capsular contracture (10.9-16.2% at 7-8 years) and implant rupture (7.2-13.6% at 8 years), than the IDEAL IMPLANT. “The silicone gel from a ruptured implant can stick to the tissues on the chest wall and a capsulectomy is often required,” explains Dr. Mahony. “The warranty may not fully cover these costs. In contrast [for primary augmentations] structured breast implants have a capsular contracture risk of only 6.6% and a rupture risk of only 2.1% at seven years, with revision surgery generally being less invasive.” Dr. Larry Nichter, board-certified plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, California, tells us about the likelihood of subsequent surgeries with IDEAL IMPLANT saying, “It’s incredibly safe and so there’s far fewer lifetime surgeries with an IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant, compared to silicone gel implants.”

Emotional Toll of Silicone Gel Breast Implants

In addition to the financial cost of breast implants, women need to be aware of the emotional cost when asking how much do breast implants cost. Not knowing the status of their implants can take a toll on woman’s peace of mind. Recent survey findings* showed over 98% of women reported feeling concerned about silent rupture, including many women who already had silicone gel implants. When rupture is detected, it can result in feelings of insecurity and anxiety, as they don’t know how long it has been going on or whether they could have found out sooner. Both the worry and reality of silent rupture take a real toll on a woman’s overall well being, yet too many women don’t have all the facts before making a decision about their choice of implant.

How Much Do Breast Implants Cost With IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants?

The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant is often compared to silicone gel breast implants because they both offer beautiful, natural looking results. But, beyond the aesthetic comparisons, the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant and silicone gel breast implants are very different. The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant is filled with saline for a woman’s peace of mind. Saline is naturally absorbed by the body in case of a rupture, and a rupture can be easily detected by simply looking at the breasts. Without silicone gel inside there is no need for repeated MRIs and no anxiety about silent ruptures. The risk of complications such as rupture and capsular contracture are also much lower with the IDEAL IMPLANT based on clinical trial results at 8 years. That means the cost of your primary breast augmentation is likely the only cost you need to consider when asking how much do breast implants cost.

How to Choose Breast Implants

When you choose a breast implant, you are choosing a device that will be part of your body for many years. Breast implants are not lifetime devices, but if your implants do not encounter complications, there is no reason for a revision. Your implants could be with you for over 30 years, so you should spend some time weighing the benefits and compromises of each implant type. Pick an implant that you feel comfortable with, but also gives you great results. The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant the lowest rates of rupture and capsule contracture in primary augmentation at 8 years, but still gives women a beautiful, natural look and feel. Silicone gel breast implants give women beautiful results, but at an increased financial strain and emotional toll, Dr. Mahony tells us.

“The old saline implants offered peace of mind but a less realistic result; silicone gel implants offered a more realistic look and feel but with concerns about silent rupture as well as long term safety and complications. The timing could not be better for the structured breast implant, which uniquely offers women the benefits of natural look and feel in addition to an unparalleled safety profile and peace of mind. This would be my personal choice for breast augmentation and has become the choice the majority of informed women in my practice are making for themselves.”

Start Your Breast Augmentation Journey Today

“How much do breast implants cost” is an important question to ask before starting your breast augmentation journey. If you’re thinking about a breast augmentation, make sure you know the true cost of breast implants, not just the cost of a primary augmentation. Take into consideration the likelihood of complications, the cost of ongoing maintenance, and the anxiety you may feel not knowing the status of your implant. Beautiful, natural looking breast implants with low maintenance and low risk of complications are within your reach. For more information on the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant, including how you can find an IDEAL IMPLANT surgeon near you visit idealimplant.com.

 

*Survey presented by Dr. Vivian Ting, “What Women Want in Breast Implants,” presented at the March 2018 ASPS meeting.

Get to Know Atlanta Plastic Surgery Expert, Dr. Colgrove, and His Thoughts on the New IDEAL IMPLANT®

At Vinings Surgery Center in Atlanta, Georgia, you can be positive that you’ll receive the best care by Dr. Robert Colgrove. He understands what women look for when it comes to treatments for their face, breasts, and body. We recently interviewed Dr. Colgrove to learn more about a typical consultation and his thoughts on the new IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

Tell us a little bit about you and your practice.

I’ve been in private practice here in Atlanta since 1986. I’m board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. We are located near the new stadium at interstate 285 and interstate 75.”

Why do you think women choose you?

“Women mainly choose our practice because of my extensive experience. I’ve done several thousand breast augmentations and breast lifts. Many patients that come in don’t realize they need a breast lift to get the correct result.

“We also offer the latest Vectra 3D simulation, which helps a patient visualize and understand what the various implants are going to look like. I also have an excellent staff, who’ve been with me for many years. Many of my staff have had plastic surgery, including breast implants. They’re very understanding and helpful as far as answering questions and getting you to feel comfortable with the process.”

Can you walk us through a typical consultation?

“When a woman comes in for a breast consultation, we begin with the Vectra 3D simulation. Vectra pictures will be taken, they’ll come back to the consultation room, then the nurse and I will go over the measurements and what we feel is going to be the definitive plan for this particular patient. We show them the various types of implants, along with the breast lift if necessary. Then my office manager will go over pricing, scheduling, the required blood work, and a preop visit can be scheduled if they so desire.”

Why is a breast lift only necessary in some cases?

“On the breast lift, we have measurements on the Vectra equipment that gives us a guideline. It’s just a guideline, we still have to look at the patient and see where they’re at. But typically if there’s a measurement of eight centimeters between the breast crease and the nipple, that’s typically too much for the implant to provide the necessary lift. Occasionally you can get away with it. Of course, I still have to see the patient in person and make a decision on that. But there’s the measurement, and then there’s also the elasticity of the patient’s skin. Obviously you have to examine the patient in person to determine that.”

How do you know which insertion approach to take?

“When a patient comes in we go over the various options for the insertion of the implant, you do have the axillary approach through the armpit, the areola approach, and the approach through the crease at the bottom of the breast. For most patients the crease incision is the favorable one. It heals the quickest, has the least amount of complications, and the quickest recovery. If you go through the areola area, obviously you have to go through some milk ducts, which could increase your risk of infection.

“Same with the axillary or armpit incision; there is a higher chance of infection. More pain, because you have to tunnel across from the armpit over to the breast. It’s a little harder on the patient because it takes more time for the patient to heal. Also, if they have an undesirable scar in the armpit, it’s impossible to conceal if they’re wearing a tank top or swimsuit.

“We’re certainly open to patients if they have a strong desire for one incision over the other. Some of our patients don’t scar well. Many of our Asian patient like the areola incision, because the scar is less detectable than the other areas.”

What are the long-term factors breast implant patients should consider?

“We tell the patient that they may need another procedure some point in the future, depending on several factors. Such as if they have a pregnancy after the procedure, that’s going to affect their breast. It may necessitate a breast lift at a later time. Also, the pocket of where the implants sit may change and have to be corrected.

“There’s a difference, we feel, between saline implants and silicone gel implants as far as the longevity and then need for further surgery. I tell my patients if they choose a saline filled implant and it doesn’t deflate, that they won’t have to change it. That’s assuming they don’t have a pregnancy, or rapid weight gain, or weight loss that would cause another problem.”

Why did you choose to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT as part of your practice?

“I’ve been doing this for 32 years and I’ve seen the pros and cons of the various implants. I think the IDEAL IMPLANT is going to cut down the need for future surgeries.”

How do saline and silicone gel implants compare with the structured IDEAL IMPLANT?

The typical saline implant is basically water inside a bag and it tends to be causing more ripples and wrinkles for the patient. The silicone gel implants are softer and more natural, but then you have to deal with the silent rupture issue.

“That means that the patient and I don’t know if they have a rupture or not, unless we do an MRI or actually open the patient and look at the implant. We prefer not to do that if we don’t have to. The FDA has recommended that patients with silicone gel implants have an MRI after three years and every other year after that. It’s very expensive. I don’t think most insurance companies pay for it, therefore a lot of patients are more likely to go with a saline implant.

“The IDEAL IMPLANT offers the advantages of feeling more natural than the typical saline implant and feels a little bit more like the silicone gel implants without the drawbacks of silent rupture and the frequent MRI’s.”

Do you do any saline implants anymore, or do you mainly use the IDEAL IMPLANT? 

“Well, patients will still sometimes use the regular saline implant just because of the cost situation. The IDEAL IMPLANT is going to cost more, but you’re going to get a better product.

“I think if they cost the same they’d probably go with the Ideal Implant every time, but we can’t really do that just because it is a more expensive implant. It’s a more complicated implant and it deserves to cost more.”

What has been your experience with silicone gel implant rupture?

“When silicone gel implants rupture, it becomes a very complicated procedure. Particularly, if they’ve been ruptured for a long period of time. I have seen patients that have had silicone gel implants for 30 to 35 years and probably been ruptured for many years. That takes several hours to take out the capsule and the silicone gel, which is basically free floating in the pocket.

“The capsule becomes very calcified and very painful for the patient. So, it’s a bigger surgery for the patient. You have to take out the capsule along with the implant, which means that there’s a need to put drains in for the patient and a longer recovery time. That’s the issue with a silicone gel implant that has been ruptured for a long period of time.

“Say you were getting the MRI for some other reason and you identified a rupture early. Then, you would still do a capsulectomy, but you probably wouldn’t have the calcification and the painful contractures.”

How does that compare to a leak with the IDEAL IMPLANT?

“With the IDEAL IMPLANT, if you need to change that out, you typically just remove the implant and put a new one in if the patient so desires. You don’t have to go through the process of cleaning up silicone gel because it’s filled with saline which is harmlessly absorbed by the body.”

How does this compare with handling a saline or IDEAL IMPLANT rupture?

“It’s a sterile saline that’s there and is easily absorbed by the patient. Most of the time there will be nothing there but the implant, which is easily removed. If you are changing the pocket, you may have to put a drain in.

“If there’s a deflation, patients usually call us on the phone and say, ‘Well, I was changing my clothes or putting my swimsuit on and noticed that my left breast or my right breast is smaller today. I need to come in and have it replaced.’

“They don’t have to spend money on an MRI, which is nice. It’s an easy diagnosis for them and for me. Again, it’s picked up early, not late.”

What would you tell other surgeons about the IDEAL IMPLANT?

A plastic surgeon in Ohio who was my mentor called me up and said, “I see you’re using these IDEAL IMPLANTS. How do you like them? What kind of problems have you had with them and so forth?

“I told him the experience has been very good, it has been very positive for both the patient and me. I feel good about putting the implant in, because I know I’m helping these patients in the long run avoid issues down the road. They’re not perfect. Nothing is perfect, but I would say that when you look at them long-term and the patient is not having to worry about the silent rupture, I think it’s worth it to both them and me.”

How do you help women make their implant choice?

When we’re doing the consultation, some patients come in and they think that they want silicone gel, but then we show them the IDEAL IMPLANT and explain to them the problems with silicone gel’s silent rupture and MRI’s. Most patients go with the IDEAL IMPLANT after they hear that. They like the safety aspect of it and they like the fact that they don’t have to come in every so many years to have the implant replaced.”

What has been your experience with the IDEAL IMPLANT as far as patient satisfaction?

“The patient satisfaction has been very good across the board. We haven’t had to go back in and remove them because they didn’t like them. I would say at this point it’s been very positive for the patient and the surgeon and continues to grow. It has basically overtaken my practice as the number one choice for breast implants.”

Anything else you want to mention about your practice?

“In summary I would like to say, here at Vinings Surgery Center, we have an accredited office surgery center where procedures can be done onsite. This makes it more private and confidential for you than going to the hospital. It’s going to be easier for you psychologically to have caregivers that understand why you’re here. A lot of my staff have breast implants so they won’t be judgmental. They will be supportive, which is helpful as far as giving you a positive experience.”

Considering breast implants in Atlanta? Contact Dr. Colgrove today to discuss your options. Simply call 770-955-9000 or visit www.colgrove.com. Dr. Colgrove’s office is located at 1900 The Exchange SE, Bldg. 300, Ste 300, Atlanta, GA 30339. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

Breast Implant Sizes and Options: An Experienced Patient’s Advice


Before your breast augmentation, it can be helpful to hear about other people’s experiences. Monica is a former breast augmentation patient of Dr. Ben Moosavi. Dr. Moosavi operates his private practice, Ultimate Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Huntington, West Virginia. Monica chose IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants for her procedure after learning about them from Dr. Moosavi. Monica is thrilled with the IDEAL IMPLANT and loves her results! She was interviewed and gave us permission to share her story with others.

“This was my third breast augmentation, and with the previous surgeries I’d chosen saline implants, so when it came to what type of implant I was going to use, I decided I still wanted a saline-filled implant, but I was interested in what was new.

“It had been eleven years since I had the previous surgery, so I had a lot of rippling, and I had three babies, so my body had changed a lot, and I was really looking for a new option that was closer to silicone but without having scary side-effects you hear of and read about online. So that’s when Dr. Moosavi recommended the IDEAL IMPLANT. I honestly researched it for a long time and couldn’t find anything negative on it, and it sounded to me like a great option.”

Monica says she didn’t have very much anxiety prior to her procedure because she was so confident in the advantages IDEAL IMPLANT had to offer.

“I wasn’t nervous about breast augmentation surgery at all, since I’d already gone through two surgeries. Honestly I was more excited! Everything I read online about IDEAL IMPLANT and everything I read in other people’s reviews was positive.”

Unlike older saline implants, the IDEAL IMPLANT is structured to hold its shape and keep the saline in place. A series of implant shells nested together and two separate chambers hold the saline filler. This structure gives women a more natural feel, while reducing folding and wrinkling. Monica says she could tell the difference in feel right away.

“I’ve had breast implants for a long time, and I was really excited to get the IDEAL IMPLANT because it felt different. I’ve had them since June, and I’m a runner. I work out, and they feel amazing. Obviously I had to wait for the recovery a little bit, but I’ve been feeling great since I’ve had them. It just seems like a wonderful switch out so far.”

With her first set of saline breast implants, Monica’s former plastic surgeon diagnosed her with capsular contracture. They tried multiple treatments to fix the problem, but nothing seemed to help.

“It was just a tightness, and my right implant sat much higher, so you could almost see that it was being pushed up a little bit more than it should have been. The left one settled, and the right one never did, so that was something I lived with for five years. They tried ultrasound treatment, and other things to get it to release a little bit, but at the end of the day I lived five years with it as long as I could, and then I had them switched out. And I had no problems with my second surgery. I was 20 when I got my first set, I was between 25 and 26 when I got my second set, and then I just turned 36 and got the IDEAL IMPLANT. I can tell a big difference. I know a good implant and a bad one, and the IDEAL IMPLANT just feels great.”

The IDEAL IMPLANT has a lower rate of capsular contracture when compared to other breast implant options. While silicone gel implants can have capsular contracture rates as high as 16%, the IDEAL IMPLANT has a capsular contracture risk of only 6.3%. The risks and safety concerns associated with silicone gel implants convinced Monica she didn’t want to go that route.

“I spent a lot of time researching, and I read about women having symptoms after silicone implants, and actually having their implants ex-planted because they were concerned about the side-effects that aren’t that well known. Most of the stories I read were tied to silicone gel breast implants. The articles on the internet listing side effects, and the comments from other women out there kind of scared me. I’m really active and and I have children, and I don’t want to have an implant rupture. People say it happens more commonly with silicone gel, so I was nervous about that too. Honestly, I never was displeased by the look of saline, I just wanted to stick with what I knew and what I felt safe with.”

When it comes to implant rupture, IDEAL IMPLANT carries a rupture risk of only 1.8% compared to silicone gel implants, which have rupture rates around 5-7%. If an IDEAL IMPLANT ruptures, women can tell just by looking in the mirror. With silicone implants, women have to shell out money for an MRI every 2-3 years to check for ruptures because implant rupture is silent. When it comes to rupture, women can have greater peace of mind with the IDEAL IMPLANT.

Some women who are considering breast augmentation surgery have a hard time choosing their implant size. Often augmentation patients will say they wish they had gone bigger or smaller. Monica has advice for those women struggling to pick what’s right for them.

“The first time my implants were at 330 ccs, and now I’m almost double that size. Each time you have surgery, you don’t realize your swelling goes up and then goes down, so you’re very happy with your results for the first six months, and then suddenly you’re like, “Hey. I went through all that, and they’re not that big.” So the second time I went up to 525 ccs. This third time with the IDEAL IMPLANT I went with around 625 ccs. I definitely went up each time, because I remembered how it felt after the swelling went away.”

With all of her experience, Monica also suggests that breast augmentation patients keep in mind their long-term plans and goals.

“Remember that breast implants are temporary. At some point you do have to change them out. You have to think about that in the future. Is that something you want to do or not? If you don’t want to be in it for the long haul, don’t do it because here I am three surgeries in. It happens. That’s the negative end. The positive end is it’s life changing. Breast implants can make you feel great about yourself, really. This far into it I feel like you owe it to yourself to be the best you. I don’t really have any regrets.”

Monica believes it’s important to pick a plastic surgeon you feel confident in and who doesn’t try to sway you in one direction or another when choosing your implants.

“We’re a military family, so we move about every four years. I’m originally from south Florida. My first two surgeries were done in south Florida before I was a part of the military. When we  landed in West Virginia I found Dr. Moosavi. Dr. Moosavi is a mutual friend of a friend here in West Virginia. A few other military wives I know had gone to him and I heard his name a lot. I started asking other women who had gone to him, ‘What was your experience like?’ And I also did some of my own research online, and that’s how I narrowed that down. You have to be knowledgeable about researching surgeons. I never had a surgeon try to push silicone gel on me, but that is not always the case.”

Now that she has the IDEAL IMPLANT, Monica is extremely satisfied with how her breast implants look and feel.

“Now that I’ve switched to the IDEAL IMPLANT, they feel really natural so far. Running feels great. I don’t have that sloshy weird feeling. That’s gone. They just feel comfortable and natural. It doesn’t feel like there’s anything in there! They feel great.”

About Dr. Ben Moosavi

Dr. Moosavi established his practice Ultimate Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2013. He completed one of the most prestigious plastic surgery fellowships in the world at Emory University, after undergoing a rigorous education in general surgery. Dr. Moosavi has a reputation for providing safe, exceptional, quality care and treats each and every patient with respect and compassion. His breadth of training in the reconstructive and aesthetic realm has allowed him to perfect his surgical skills and technique. Dr. Moosavi is one of a limited number of board-certified plastic surgeons who offers his patients the latest in breast implant technology with the IDEAL IMPLANT.

Considering breast implants in West Virginia? Contact Dr. Moosavi today to discuss your options. Simply call 304-399-4220, or visit www.ultimateprs.com. Dr. Moosavi’s office is located at 5170 U.S. 60, Huntington, WV 25705. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

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Receiving a breast augmentation is a big decision. Women seeking a breast augmentation often feel caught choosing between the natural look of silicone gel and the safety of saline implants. But a new option is now available—IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

What is a “Structured Implant”?

The IDEAL IMPLANT is known as a “structured implant” because of its unique design. It consists of a series of implant shells nested together with two separate chambers that hold saline. This advanced internal structure:

  • Helps the implant to look and feel similar to a silicone gel implant
  • Gives the peace of mind and safety that comes with a saline implant
  • Controls the movement of the saline filler
  • Mitigates sloshing, eliminating the “water-hammer” effect
  • Supports the edges and upper portion of the implant, preventing collapse when upright
  • Provides a youthful shape with desired volume and projection
  • Reduces wrinkling and rippling that is often associated with saline implants
  • Requires a smaller incision than with silicone gel implants
  • Allows for a lower rupture rate and higher rupture strength
  • Removes the need for regular MRIs to detect implant rupture

As the latest advancement in breast implant technology, the IDEAL IMPLANT enables women to achieve the natural feel they desire with silicone gel, without sacrificing the security of saline.

The Safety of Saline

There is no risk of “silent rupture” with IDEAL IMPLANT. A “silent rupture” occurs when a silicone gel implant ruptures and begins to leak sticky silicone gel into the surrounding tissues of a woman’s body. Only an MRI can detect the occurrence of a “silent rupture” and surgery is then required to remove the silicone gel. The FDA recommends that all women with silicone gel implants receive an MRI scan every other year to ensure their implants are still intact.

With the IDEAL IMPLANT, women always know their implants are intact by simply looking in the mirror. There is no maintenance required and no expensive MRI needed to detect rupture. If a rupture does occur, a woman’s body safely absorbs the saline until the implant is replaced. Also, because the implant consists of two separate chambers of saline, the implant will not completely deflate if ruptured, unlike other saline implants.

An IDEAL Testimonial

In the video below, Heather describes her experience with the IDEAL IMPLANT. She states:

“I work in the plastic surgery industry, and I’ve seen all of the different options of implants for several years now. I’ve wanted implants for most of my life, to be honest. Prior to having children, I did experience a little bit of asymmetry. After breastfeeding, I definitely experienced them hanging lower. So after my second child, and I knew I wasn’t going to have any more kids, I decided that was the time to go ahead and do something for myself. I really just wanted a lift originally, but after talking to my surgeon, he suggested that to get the volume and achieve that more youthful look that I wanted, I would be required to get an implant. When I chose to have my procedure done, I did choose IDEAL IMPLANT because after looking at some of the silicone gel options, and just thinking about putting something foreign in my body, I was more comfortable with the ‘structured implant’ from IDEAL. I definitely feel overall better. I feel more confident, that’s the best word to describe it. I can wear so many different shirts and dresses and other things I couldn’t wear in the past. I have friends who are interested in getting implants. They talk about it, and I hear those stories, and just tell them every single time, ‘Stop talking about it. Get it done. You’re going to never regret what you did. If you use the right surgeon and you pick the right implant, you’re going to be very happy with the results.’”

Benefits of the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants

The IDEAL IMPLANT was developed after years of research and extensive testing. They are made in the USA from safe, proven materials at FDA-inspected facilities using advanced robotics to achieve greater product consistency. When you compare IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants to silicone gel or saline implants, the benefits are clear.

Saline: a saline implant is like a water balloon in that it lacks any internal structure. This makes the upper portion of the implant collapse when upright, causing it to wrinkle under the skin. Ultimately, saline implants do not give the natural feel of breast tissue. Yet because women want the peace of mind that comes with saline, they may feel forced to deal with these drawbacks.

Silicone Gel: while silicone gel implants offer a more natural look over saline implants, they leave women wondering if their implants have ruptured. The risk of “silent rupture” and the possibility of silicone gel unknowingly leaking into the body are major concerns expressed by many women seeking a breast augmentation. Plus, the recommended MRI scans tend to be psychologically and financially difficult to bear.

IDEAL IMPLANT: With the IDEAL IMPLANT, women do not have to compromise beauty for safety. This technology-driven “structured implant” addresses the disadvantages of any previous implant options.

  • Lower rupture rate
  • Lower capsular contracture rate
  • No MRIs needed to detect rupture
  • Higher rupture strength
  • Look and feel of silicone gel implants
  • Peace of mind of saline implants

Furthermore, silicone gel implants are filled when they are manufactured. The IDEAL IMPLANT is not. The internal structure of the IDEAL IMPLANT allows plastic surgeons to adjust the volume of each implant to cater to the different sizes and cosmetic goals desired by their patients. This adjustable volume also allows plastic surgeons to use a smaller incision during surgery than with silicone gel implants.

Dr. Naveen Setty Offers the IDEAL IMPLANT

The IDEAL IMPLANT is only offered by plastic surgeons board-certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Naveen Setty is located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and part of this exclusive group of plastic surgeons. As a leader in plastic surgery, he strives to offer the best breast augmentation experience possible. Dr. Setty was recognized by “D Magazine” from 2010-2018 as one of the leading plastic surgeons in “The Best of Big D”. RealSelf.com also named him “Top Doctor” for his breast and body contouring procedures.

Dr. Setty has an extensive background in the field of plastic surgery. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Ohio State University, and completed his residency training in plastic surgery at Saint Louis University. He then went on to receive further training at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the New York University Medical Center in New York, NY, where he finished two one-year fellowships in hand surgery and plastic surgery. Dr. Setty has national memberships with the American Association for Hand Surgery, American College of Surgeons, American MedSpa Association, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Setty specializes in reconstructive plus cosmetic surgery, and performs surgery in Dallas, Allen, McKinney, Plano, and Frisco, TX. With a focus on body and breast procedures, he strives to educate women about their breast implant options to help them feel comfortable and confident moving forward with a breast augmentation. As his patient, you can count on Dr. Setty to take the time to listen to your concerns and help you achieve the outcome you desire.

Are you considering breast implants in Dallas, TX? Contact Dr. Naveen Setty today to discuss your options. Simply call 214-842-6960 or visit settyplastics.com. Dr. Setty’s office is located at 175 Ridge Road, Suite 200, McKinney, TX 75070. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT.

What Questions Do You Have About Breast Implant Surgery, Recovery, and More?

If you’re considering a breast augmentation, or just curious about what is involved, you probably have a lot of questions. Below are the top questions we get about breast implant surgery, recovery, and breast augmentation cost.

Implant Types, Pros, and Cons

Q. What types of implants are available?

A. There are three main types: saline, silicone-gel, and the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant.

Q. Which type should I choose?

A. This depends on your lifestyle. Saline implants give many women peace of mind because if they rupture the saline is naturally absorbed by the body. However, traditional saline implants tend to ripple and look less natural. Silicone-gel keeps its shape and ripples less, but the silicone-gel is not absorbed by the body, and a rupture is only detectable on a costly MRI, often not covered by insurance, which adds to the breast augmentation cost. The IDEAL IMPLANT is filled with saline, so it provides the same peace of mind that other saline-filled implants give, but has a unique internal structure that gives the implant a natural look and feel comparable to silicone-gel.

Q. Are there any concerns I should know?

A. Breast augmentation is very common and safe. However, it is surgery and does come with risks. If you are worried about the recovery or anything else surrounding your breast augmentation bring up these concerns with your surgeon.

Breast Implant Surgery Recovery and Costs

Q. What does breast augmentation cost?

A. Costs can vary depending on where you live, what type of implant you choose, and whether or not your insurance will cover your surgery.

Q. What is breast implant surgery recovery like?

A. As with any surgery, you can expect some soreness and swelling. You will most likely be counseled to stay away from heavy lifting and exercise for a few weeks. Swelling will begin to decrease by two weeks, and you should feel back to normal between 6-12 weeks.

Post-Op Life

Q. What long-term costs should I expect?

A. With the IDEAL IMPLANT, you do not need to worry much about maintenance. The IDEAL IMPLANT has a lower rupture rate than the silicone-gel implants and includes a limited lifetime warranty. Silicone-gel implants, however, require more maintenance. The FDA recommends an MRI every two years for life to detect a silent rupture which significantly increases the overall breast augmentation cost.

Q. How will I know if my implant ruptures?

A. For saline implants and the IDEAL IMPLANT, you will be able to detect a rupture by looking at your breasts. For Silicone-gel implants, you will need an MRI to detect a rupture.

To find a board-certified surgeon in your area use the surgeon finder tool on the IDEAL IMPLANT website. For more questions and information visit idealimplant.com.