Why I Traded My Silicone Implants for the IDEAL IMPLANT

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When it comes to breast augmentation, women deserve implants that not only look and feel beautiful, but also give them peace of mind. IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants are the latest innovation in breast implant technology that offers both beauty and security. The IDEAL IMPLANT is filled only with saline, and its design features internal chambers that gives it a natural look and feel. Dr. Sophie Bartsich is a board certified plastic surgeon in New York City who offers this implant option to her patients. One of Dr. Bartsich’s patients shares her personal experience switching from silicone implants to the IDEAL IMPLANT:      

Using My Story to Help Others

“I have decided to write about my breast implant replacement for two reasons. First, to let everyone know that Dr. Sophie Bartsich is absolutely the most amazing doctor I’ve met. Second, why I chose the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants and how I feel now, after surgery.”

Starting Out With Saline

“I had my first breast augmentation in 2000 when silicone implants were banned in the USA. I chose a saline implant with a textured shell. Surgery was successful, they looked great. I had them for 18 years and I was very happy with them. I never had any complications, they felt and looked great.” 

Out With the Old, In With the New

“I moved to a new city a couple of years ago and started seeing a new cosmetic surgeon. When it came up during our conversations that my implants are old, she recommended replacing them before they might rupture, and the process would become more complicated. It sounded logical, I had some downtime coming up from travel, so I scheduled the surgery. This time I chose the so-called silicone gummy bear implants. 

“Surgery went well, except when I saw my breasts for the first time after surgery, I knew that the doctor made a mistake and misplaced one of the implants. I was furious. I knew that this isn’t going to change. They might look somewhat better, but it would never look the way I wanted them to look and they definitely wouldn’t look like they looked after my first augmentation. I also knew I would probably have to wait six months to have another surgery.” 

Looking For Answers

“During the next six months, I saw six different doctors for consultation. They all had the same opinion acknowledging the mistakes and assuring me that it is correctable. I just didn’t feel comfortable with any of the doctors I’d met until I met Dr. Bartsich. She spent a long time with me the first time I saw her. She listened to everything I said, and I had a lot to say. She asked me why I chose silicone gummy bear implants since I had saline implants for so long. I don’t really have a better answer than I just wanted to try something different that supposedly feels more natural.”

Finding My Perfect Fit With the IDEAL IMPLANT

“By this time, six months had passed since my surgery and, to be honest, I wasn’t happy with the silicone implants. They looked like jello. They were soft, almost mushy, they seemed to pick up my breasts’ shape. They looked nothing like my almost 20-year-old saline implants. Dr. Bartsich then showed me an implant I have never seen before. They felt very natural in my hands, close to how silicone gel feels, but they were a nice dome shape. I picked them up, so they hang, and they didn’t ripple, then I lay them flat and the top didn’t go flat like silicone gummy bear implants do; they stayed dome-shaped. She explained to me that these are new, structured saline implants, and she also explained all the pros and cons. There aren’t cons really, unless someone only wants silicone implants. These implants look nicer, they don’t lose their form and the most important fact about them, they are SAFE. There is no need for MRIs and being afraid of silent ruptures. 

“Now I just had one dilemma; which implant to choose—the gummy bear implants again or the IDEAL structured saline implants. I got home and I did a ton of research. I’ve read every publication about both implants, including all trial, research, and other materials I could find on the internet. I went back to see Dr. Bartsich to discuss just the differences between the implants. Honestly, I already knew that I would go with the IDEAL IMPLANTS, it was really a no brainer. 

“The day of my surgery came. I was excited. I knew Dr. Bartsich would fix the mistakes, and, deep down, I also felt that my breasts would look a lot better aesthetically. So, the first time I saw them after surgery, I can’t describe how happy and relieved I felt. They looked PERFECT! I mean perfect, exactly the same as they did 18 years ago. They are symmetrical, the shape is awesome, and they feel great. Now it’s been a couple of weeks, they still look awesome. I can’t feel the implants, or I have to look really hard for them (nothing like the old silicone implants), they are completely natural, but the biggest difference is that the implants give a nice shape to my breasts. They are no longer a mushy jello (more perky) like they were with the gummy bear implants.” 

Comparing Recoveries

“Another observation: I had a harder recovery after the silicone implants. I wasn’t in pain at all, but I was tired, out of breath for almost three weeks after surgery. I would go out for a walk and had to turn back because I felt like I had no energy. Just a note, I am above average shape, exercise six times a week, so it was very weird for me to feel like this. I am not a medical professional, but just based on common sense logic, it seems that my body isn’t fighting against the saline implants, while I think it took a lot for it to accept the silicone ones. I actually worked from the next day on since my surgery (work from home). I felt great the whole time. By the time my first visit came around, I didn’t even feel like I had surgery. I’ve been walking hours since then without any issues and I can do all my daily activities, except exercising.” 

Making the Right Choices

“I hope my story will help the reader to make the right decisions. Make sure you choose the right doctor, you research everything about them and most importantly you feel comfortable with whom you end up choosing. If there is that little feeling in your stomach that always questions things, listen to it. As far as the implants, I would choose the IDEAL structured implant over any other implant over and over again.” 

Learn More About IDEAL IMPLANT With Dr. Bartsich

Dr. Sophie Bartsich’s artistic training combined with her surgical expertise makes her the perfect choice for women seeking a plastic surgeon with a personalized approach to breast augmentation. She is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been named as a SuperDoctors Rising Star. Dr. Bartsich is part of an exclusive network of plastic surgeons to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant, and is proud to provide her patients with the latest in breast implant technology. 

Considering breast implants in New York City? Contact Dr. Sophie Bartsich today to discuss your options. Simply call 212-717-9200, or visit www.doctorsophie.com. Dr. Bartsich’s office is located at 960 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10028. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.