If I could select a perfect breast implant for my patients, what would it look and feel like? It would be soft and feel completely natural when placed in the breast. It would have a low rate of rupture and capsular contracture, the scar tissue which can occur around breast implants. It would also settle well with time, allowing the patient to forget that she has a medical device in her breasts.
My colleague and friend Dr. Robert Hamas, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Dallas, Texas, was undoubtedly thinking of all these things, and more, when he conceived of the IDEAL IMPLANT®. His goal was to create a breast implant that feels natural, but which contains only saline, allowing women to know instantly if the implant has ruptured or not. There is no need for follow-up MRI’s at any point to determine if the implant is intact.
The structure of this new implant is quite beautiful. It contains two saline-filled chambers, and a series of implant shells of increasing size nested together. This structure controls the movement of the saline, so there is minimal rippling, and no sloshing.
The IDEAL IMPLANT® is of course backed by a lot of good data. A study of 502 women who received the Ideal Implant® was performed in 2009, and currently has over five years of follow-up data. 94.3% of patients and 95.9% of surgeons reported that they were satisfied with their choice. The implant was approved by the FDA in 2014 after serious scrutiny of the implant and all of its mechanical and clinical data.
I am very pleased to be one of only five surgeons in New York City who are offering the IDEAL IMPLANT®. For more information, please visit the company’s beautiful website at www.idealimplant.com or call the office at 212-452-1230.