Ideal Structured Saline ImplantsConveniently located to serve Mountain View, Palo Alto, and San Jose
At An Enhanced You, Dr. Robert Lowen often performs breast augmentations using IDEAL IMPLANTS. With IDEAL IMPLANTS, Mountain View patients can enhance their breast volume using specially designed structured saline implants that offer numerous benefits over other implant types.
IDEAL IMPLANTS received FDA approval in 2014 after extensive testing and trials. These high-quality implants are made in America and include a limited warranty.
The Unique Structure of IDEAL IMPLANTS
IDEAL IMPLANTS were designed with a specialized structure. This allows them to avoid the issues caused by previous generations of saline implants while retaining their benefits over silicone implants.
The design of IDEAL IMPLANTS is similar to that of a Russian nesting doll. It involves an outer shell, which contains one to three baffle shells. Inside these is an inner shell.
The outer shell is filled with saline through a valve on the front of the implant, and the inner shell is filled with saline through a valve on the back. The baffle shells have slits in them, allowing saline from the outer shell to pass between them. This movement creates a more natural feel.
The number of baffle shells increases with implant volume:
- Implants between 210 and 300 ccs – 1 shell
- Implants between 335 and 555 ccs – 2 shells
- Implants between 595 and 675 ccs – 3 shells
How Does This Structure Help?
Aside from providing a natural feel, the shell structure of IDEAL IMPLANTS gives the implants support, helping to avoid implant wrinkling and folding. This in turn reduces the likelihood of ruptures and leaks.
Additionally, the outer edges of the implant are lower than those of traditional saline implants. This improves contouring in relation to the chest wall.
Are Any New Materials Used?
Like traditional implants, the shells of IDEAL IMPLANTS are made of silicone. The filler material is the same saline gel used in traditional saline implants. Even though the materials involved are the same as other implants, IDEAL IMPLANTS are able to provide an improved experience specifically due to their specialized design.
No Silent Ruptures
When a saline implant is ruptured, the saline solution escapes and is safely absorbed without issue. This is not the case with silicone breast implants. When a silicone implant is ruptured, the silicone gel must be removed before it migrates to other parts of the body, causing health problems.
It is easy to detect a rupture in a saline implant, because the volume of the breast decreases. However, when a silicone implant is ruptured, it is much more difficult to detect. This is because silicone implants experience silent ruptures.
A silent rupture is a tear in an implant that does not affect the appearance of the breast. The only way to determine that the rupture is present is through an MRI scan. MRIs must be routinely performed every two years for this very reason.
Because IDEAL IMPLANTS do not experience silent ruptures, the need for replacement is easily detectable and does not require an MRI.
Issues with Traditional Saline and Silicone Implants
Saline breast implants are filled with a saltwater solution. They are not structured, which makes them lack the natural feel that structured implants provide. Wrinkling is a common issue.
Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel. They must be filled before insertion, which can lead to implant damage if the incision is not sized correctly. Additionally, silicone implant ruptures are silent.
IDEAL IMPLANTS are structured saline implants, which means they offer the benefits of saline implants without the drawbacks of silicone implants.
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Why Choose IDEAL IMPLANTS Instead of Silicone Implants?
Both silicone implants and IDEAL IMPLANTS have a very natural feel and contour. However, this is where the similarities end. IDEAL IMPLANTS offer a host of advantages over silicone breast implants:
- IDEAL IMPLANTS are less likely to lead to capsular contracture. Capsular contracture is a condition where the scar-tissue capsule that naturally forms around the implant is thicker than usual. This results in tightness and pressure on the implant, creating stiffness, pain, and aesthetic issues.
- IDEAL IMPLANTS require a smaller incision for insertion, since they are inserted empty and then filled. Silicone implants are pre-filled and thus need a larger incision.
- Due to their design, IDEAL IMPLANTS are less likely to rupture. If they do rupture, they only contain saline solution, which is much safer than silicone gel. Saline solution can be safely absorbed by the body without any risk of illness.
- Because there’s no chance of a silent rupture, IDEAL IMPLANTS do not require regular MRI scans.
- IDEAL IMPLANTS are much easier to remove than silicone implants in situations where removal is necessary. No gel cleanup is necessary.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation with IDEAL IMPLANTS Cost?
The price of breast enlargement with IDEAL IMPLANTS varies depending on the whether or not a breast lift is needed. The cost of the surgery is no different than that of the same procedure using gel implants.
Find out more about IDEAL IMPLANTS for Mountain View patients – contact An Enhanced You to set up a consultation. Dr. Robert Lowen is an award-winning board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.