You may have heard about a new breast implant type recently approved by the FDA called the IDEAL IMPLANT®. This latest implant option gives women another choice and one more thing to consider when choosing breast augmentation. We are one of only two practices in Raleigh who will initially have access to this advanced implant type starting in July. The IDEAL IMPLANT is a saline-filled implant, but with a new design. It contains a series of nested shells inside that help to control the movement of saline within the implant. This helps to minimize the rippling and wrinkling that can be associated with other saline implant designs and creates a more natural breast appearance following breast augmentation surgery. In fact, many people think the implant looks and feels very much like a silicone or "gummy bear" implant. This makes the IDEAL IMPLANT an "ideal" option for women who want a more natural look and feel but do not want to choose a silicone gel implant. Research study findings show that this new implant type has a high rate of patient satisfaction along with a lower rate of capsular contracture (hardening of scar tissue around the implant) compared to single-shell saline implants.
"The biggest objection to saline implants is that they don't look and feel as natural as silicone models," notes Dr. Glenn M. Davis. "The IDEAL IMPLANT goes a long way toward addressing those concerns while giving women who do not want silicone implants another option. In our experience, the feel is very natural and the implant behaves very much like real breast tissue. We're excited to be selected as one of the few plastic surgery practices across the country to initially offer this implant type."
Like other saline implants, the IDEAL IMPLANT is inserted before it is filled, meaning that the incisions necessary during the breast augmentation procedure can be smaller compared to surgery using silicone breast implants, which must be inserted pre-filled. Like other implant types, the IDEAL IMPLANT can be placed sub-muscularly or sub-glandularly with standard surgical techniques.