Breast implant devices have come a long way since their initial introduction in the ‘60s. Today, women who reside in Orange County have a variety of breast implant devices to choose from when considering a breast augmentation procedure.
Saline, Silicone Gel, And The Ideal Implant® – What Is The Difference?
Saline Gel Breast Implants
For comparison purposes, an implant filled with saline is somewhat like a water balloon in that it has no structure. This lack of structure is why a saline implant device does not feel as much like breast tissue as a silicone breast implant device does. This also leads to the saline implant having more palpability and more issues with rippling.
Silicone Gel Breast Implants
A silicone gel breast implant feels much more natural than a saline implant does. However, since a silicone implant is pre-filled and then inserted, it usually requires a slightly larger incision. Dr. Esmailian’s use of the Keller funnel helps avoid making a larger incision. Although the gel used in silicone breast implants is approved by the FDA and deemed safe, in the event that an implant ruptures, there are no warning signs or symptoms. Therefore, the recommendation by the plastic surgery society is to have an MRI in 7-10 years after implantation.
The Ideal Implant®
The IDEAL IMPLANT® was designed by a plastic surgeon, taking the best of saline and silicone gel breast implants into consideration to create a device that looks and feels like silicone, but has a saline filler for those patients that do not desire to have a silicone implant.