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Frequently Asked Questions on the IDEAL Implant

Women looking to have breast implant surgery can choose from options such as saline, silicone gel, gummy bear, and IDEAL implants. The IDEAL implant is the latest one to be approved by the FDA.. We answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this new option to help you decide if it is the right one for you.

What is the IDEAL IMPLANT and how is it unique?

This is a saline-filled implant with a unique multi-layered structure. It addresses the main concern associated with silicone gel implants – that of silent rupture and an MRI scan for detection. It is approved for primary breast augmentation and revision procedures. The IDEAL Implant offers a natural look and feel, blending the best aspects of saline and silicone gel breast implants – without any silicone gel.

How does it work?

Its internal structure features a series of implant shells nested together and two separate chambers that hold the saline solution. Its design controls movement of the saline and supports the implant edges to reduce wrinkling. The internal structure supports the upper portion of the implant when held upright to prevent collapse. The lowered edges fit the natural curve of the chest wall. The surgeon can adjust the amount of saline used to fill the implant to correct for discrepancies in the size of a woman’s breasts.

Who is an ideal candidate?

Any healthy woman looking for natural looking results but does not want silicone in her body can opt for this implant. It is also the right choice for women who are concerned about the risk of silent rupture with silicone gel implants and the inconvenience of MRI scans every 2 years to detect ruptures.

What is the advantage of the round shape of the IDEAL IMPLANT?

The round shape of this new implant means that its appearance will not be affected if it rotates. On the other hand, tear-drop shaped implants look awkward with rotation. Also, the IDEAL implant follows the natural curve of the chest wall, it has a more youthful, natural appearance.

Is this implant available in different sizes?

Up to 14 different sizes are available. Your surgeon can help you choose the size that would provide the best results.

Is the IDEAL implant safe?

Yes, it is. The FDA approved the IDEAL implant based on the safety profiles and positive results of a clinical trial which involved more than 500 women who had primary breast augmentation or replacement of existing augmentation implants. Satisfaction rates were high among patients as well as surgeons.

How is this implant inserted?

This implant is placed through a small incision either in a submuscular or subglandular pocket. It is then filled with saline through its two self-sealing valves.

What is the recovery period for augmentation with the IDEAL implant?

The healing period is more or less as with other types of implants – typically, a post-surgical recovery period of 24 to 48 hours and an additional reduced-activity period of a few days.