Educate Yourself on Saline, Silicone Gel, and IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants

Before your breast augmentation, you should review your choices. You can choose your surgeon, type of incision, whether your implant is placed above or below the muscle, and, most importantly, what type of breast implant is used. Saline breast implants, silicone gel breast implants, and IDEAL IMPLANT breast implants all offer unique benefits and compromises. Before you meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon you should educate yourself on the different types of breast implants currently available. Knowing more about each type will help you make an informed decision and ensure you get the best outcome.

The History of IDEAL IMPLANT Breast Implants

The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant was created by Dallas-based board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Hamas. He explains, “The idea came from listening to my patients. I realized that women want a breast implant that combines the benefits of both saline and silicone gel implants without having to accept the well-known compromises associated with each of them.” After the initial idea was in place Dr. Hamas and his team started research and development. Dr. Hamas said, “over the years, our team has refined the implant design and manufacturing quality. We will soon complete our ten-year clinical trial with over 500 women.” The FDA and Health Canada approved the implant in November 2014 with sales beginning in September 2015. To review the FDA’s summary of safety and effectiveness data (SSED) visit this page. Since coming on the market the IDEAL IMPLANT has become a popular alternative to silicone gel because they offer the same beautiful results with added peace of mind.

Survey Data on Benefits and Compromises of Breast Implants

Breast implants offer women the opportunity to increase their self-esteem and love their bodies. But for some women this can come with a cost. Dr. Hamas’ patients were not alone in not wanting to accept the compromises associated with saline and silicone gel breast implants. A 2017 independent survey of 933 women found the following points:

  • 98% of women reported they would be somewhat concerned to constantly concerned about silent rupture with silicone gel implants, with 73% saying they would be very concerned or constantly concerned.
  • 89% of women said that they would be less likely to choose a silicone gel implant after learning that the FDA recommended regular MRI scans to check for silent rupture with silicone gel implants.
  • 89% of women reported that if the overall performance of the implant is similar, they would prefer an implant where rupture could be detected by looking at the breast.
  • 91% of women reported that if the overall performance of the implant is similar, they would prefer saline coming into contact with their tissue in case of rupture over silicone gel.

These survey results give insight into how women really feel about silicone gel breast implants and why an alternative is needed. Below we discuss these compromises in more detail, as well as how the IDEAL IMPLANT addresses these issues.

Natural Looking Results

In order to get natural looking breast implants you need an implant that doesn’t collapse, wrinkle, or ripple. Real breasts don’t do any of those things, and the goal of breast implants is to provide you with breasts that are as close to the real thing as possible. Saline implants are often cited as looking unnatural under the skin because the saline is not thick enough to provide stability to the implant.

This problem was addressed with the invention of silicone gel implants, which are filled with thick, sticky silicone gel. While silicone gel does a good job of giving women beautiful, natural looking results, they can’t offer the same peace of mind that saline breast implants do. The IDEAL IMPLANT breast implants are structured saline implants, which means even though they are filled with saline they moves similarly to silicone gel implants. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Loewenstein says the IDEAL IMPLANT, “has a very natural look and feel. The rippling that you sometimes see with the saline implants just hasn’t been an issue.” Dr. Hamas explains why the internal structure helps by saying, “in addition to providing support, the internal structure of the IDEAL IMPLANT controls movement of the saline, it behaves like a silicone gel implant.”

Peace of Mind

Saline breast implants and the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants can give women peace of mind because, unlike silicone gel, saline is naturally absorbed by the body if the implant ruptures. Additionally, a rupture can be detected by simply looking at the breasts. However, Dr. Hamas explains that the IDEAL IMPLANT differs from other saline filled implants because of the internal structure. He states, “it has a series of nested shells, three-to-five depending on the size, with two seperate lumens, or chambers. 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.”

A silicone gel implant requires an MRI to diagnose a rupture, a procedure that is expensive and not always accurate. In fact, New York City board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Sophie Bartsich explains, “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.” From survey results and hearing from his own patients Dr. Hamas has realized “informed, health conscious women want to know what is going on inside their body.” Peace of mind is not possible if you are constantly worried about the status of your breast implants. Thanks to the IDEAL IMPLANT women can have beautiful, natural looking results with peace of mind.

What You Need to Know About Implant Rupture

You may be reading information about the compromises of breast implants and wondering, “how likely is it that my breast implants will rupture?” The answer depends on which breast implants you choose. Each FDA approved breast implant has undergone clinical trials, part of which measures the implant rupture rate. You can read the FDA reports and statistics here, or visit our Breast Implant Comparison page here to learn more about the specific rates of complications with certain breast implants. Dr. Hamas tells us, “most people do not know that the cumulative rupture rates of silicone gel implants over 10 years are very high: 9-24% in the MRI Cohorts for primary augmentation.” The seven-year FDA core clinical data for the IDEAL IMPLANT breast implants shows a rupture risk only of 1.8%. This number shows us that with the IDEAL IMPLANT you are much less likely to need a revision due to implant rupture. Dr. Larry Nichter, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, California says of the IDEAL IMPLANT, “it’s incredibly safe and so there’s far fewer lifetime surgeries with an IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant, compared to traditional silicone-gel implants.”

Find a Surgeon Who Offers the IDEAL IMPLANT Today

After years of listening to patients, conducting research, and developing the IDEAL IMPLANT, Dr. Hamas explains, “The IDEAL IMPLANT is the alternative to silicone gel that women want. Natural feel, only saline inside for peace of mind, no silent ruptures, and no FDA recommended MRIs.” If you are ready to begin your breast augmentation journey you can start by finding a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant. The IDEAL IMPLANT is only offered by board-certified plastic surgeons to ensure quality, safety, and the best possible outcome for your breast augmentation. Visit our surgeon finder page here to find one near you.