At Plastic Surgery of Southern New England, Dr. Russell Babbitt believes it’s an honor and a privilege to provide quality and compassionate medical and surgical care. He says, “Helping my patients achieve their goals is a rewarding and fulfilling experience. My door is always open for all of your questions and concerns.” If you are considering breast plastic surgery in Massachusetts, book your consultation with Dr. Russell Babbitt. Patients describe him as “amazing,” “awesome,” and accommodating.” He is excited to offer his patients the newest in implant technology: IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.
Your Options for Breast Implants
You can’t make an informed choice about your breast implants unless you know all your options. For breast augmentation, women can choose between three different types of implants: saline, silicone gel, and the IDEAL IMPLANT.
Saline Implant: A saline breast implant is a silicone outer shell that is filled with a sterile saltwater solution (saline). Saline implants can have either smooth or textured shells. Saline implants are approved by the FDA in women age 18-years old or older. Saline implants do tend to ripple under clothing, creating a “wrinkling” effect, and some patients describe them as feeling like water balloons. Dr. Babbitt says, “The nice thing about the traditional saline implant is that, since it’s filled with saline, if there’s a rupture, women know right away. There is never a silent rupture with saline implants.” When looking at their options for breast plastic surgery in Massachusetts, many women choose saline implants.
Silicone Gel Implants: These breast implants also have a silicone outer shell, but that shell is filled with silicone gel. Like saline, they can have either smooth or textured shells. According to the FDA, only women who are 22-years old or older can use silicone gel implants, but they do recommend that you receive an MRI to screen for silent rupture three years after receiving your implant and every two years after that. It is impossible to tell if your silicone gel implant has ruptured from the outside. Sometimes MRIs are still not 100% accurate when screening for silent rupture. Dr. Babbitt says, “Some patients are more concerned about a natural feel or have poor tissue quality, so they tend to choose this option.”
IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants: These implants were invented by a plastic surgeon and approved by the FDA for women 18-years old and older in November 2014. They are filled with saline and have an internal structure consisting of a series of nested shells. These shells support the upper pole when the implants are upright. These implants have a natural feel and no risk of silent rupture, which is why many women choose IDEAL IMPLANT for their breast plastic surgery in Massachusetts. Dr. Babbitt says, “In my mind, the IDEAL IMPLANT is the best of both worlds. It has the shape and the feel and the projection that you associate with a silicone gel implant, but it comes with the peace of mind that you associate with a saline implant. For many patients that really does strike the best balance between peace of mind and aesthetic result.”
The Risk of Rupture with Breast Implants
When you compare the top 3 brands of silicone gel implants and their rupture rate at 6-7 years for primary augmentation, you’ll see that the average rupture rate is around 5%.
- Allergan rupture rate: 7.4%
- Mentor rupture rate: 3.4%
- Sientra rupture rate: 5.4%
Though that may seem low, IDEAL IMPLANT has a much lower average rupture rate at 7 years of only 1.8%. Also, if your IDEAL IMPLANT does rupture, it won’t go flat like a regular saline implant will. Dr. Hamas, the inventor of the IDEAL IMPLANT, explains how this works,
“The IDEAL IMPLANT has a series of nested shells, (3-5 depending on the size) with two separate lumens or chambers. The inner lumen is filled through a valve on the back, and the outer lumen is filled through a valve on the front. Because there are two chambers, the implant won’t go flat if one chamber deflates. So, unlike a saline implant, a replacement can be scheduled electively. The internal structure supports the edge so that it does not wrinkle, and supports the upper pole, so that it does not collapse when upright. In effect, the internal structure supports the shell of the IDEAL IMPLANT.”
Sometimes an implant will rupture and you have to undergo additional breast plastic surgery in Massachusetts to remove the implant. If you have silicone gel implants, the surgery can be complicated and take more time. With the IDEAL IMPLANT, rupture removal surgery is simple and can be stress-free. Since there is no sticky silicone gel leaking out of your implants, your body will just absorb the salt water and your implant can be replaced quickly.
The Look and Feel of the IDEAL IMPLANT
Since the IDEAL IMPLANT technology is relatively new, many women have never held the implant or felt its consistency. They also don’t know how it feels compared to a saline implant or silicone gel implant. Women may worry that it won’t look and feel as natural as other implants that have been around longer. Dr. Babbitt says,
“Many patients that come to see me for breast plastic surgery in Massachusetts have never even heard of the IDEAL IMPLANT. It’s kind of fun to see their reaction when they find out that something does exist that has all the benefits that the IDEAL IMPLANT does. When it comes to breast augmentation surgery, patients’ most important criteria are that we are able to achieve a natural look and a natural feel. The IDEAL IMPLANT allows us to achieve that just as well as a silicone gel implant does. And I really think that that is a major advantage for my patients, if not the most important advantage.”
Unlike saline implants that bounce up and down like a water balloon when dropped, the IDEAL IMPLANT behaves more like a silicone gel implant and maintains its structure. Many patients who choose the IDEAL IMPLANT like its youthful shape and natural feel. After a six-year clinical trial on the IDEAL IMPLANT, 89.7% of patients said they were completely satisfied with their implants, and in a recent independent survey conducted in 2017, 78% of nurses and 74% of doctors reported they would seek out IDEAL IMPLANTS after learning about them.
Patient testimonials and statistics continue to show that the IDEAL IMPLANT is a great choice for breast plastic surgery in Massachusetts.
The Education and Experience of Dr. Russell Babbitt
After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2003, Dr. Babbitt trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the UMass Medical Center. In addition to his clinical training, Dr. Babbitt completed a two-year research fellowship in the areas of microsurgery, human anatomy, limb reconstruction, complex models of wound healing, and abdominal reconstruction. He is board-certified and specializes in all forms of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, including breast plastic surgery. In Massachusetts, Dr. Babbitt is one of the exclusive surgeons in the Fall River area to offer IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.
Considering breast implants in Fall River or researching breast plastic surgery in Massachusetts? Contact Dr. Russell Babbitt today to discuss your options. Simply call 508-567-3202 or visit www.plasticsurgerysne.com.Dr. Babbitt’s office is located at 300 Hanover Street, Suite 1A, Fall River, MA 02720. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants.