Approved by the FDA in 2014, the “Ideal Implant” a “structured saline” filled, silicone-shell implant with two chambers. The rear chamber is similar to a standard saline implant with a fixed volume. However, the front chamber has baffles inside of it that reduce the surface tension and therefore the firmness of the saline implant that makes it softer in feel, similar to a silicone implant. The edges of the side of the implant are lower, giving the implant a nice shape that is similar to a high profile silicone implant. Minor adjustments in volume can be made as well.
- No guesswork if the implant is intact; no MRI needed to asses for failure
- Easy to remove and replace
- Smaller Incision
- Feel of silicone with a saline filled implant
- Reduced rate of Capsular Contracture in studies, (we have a very low rate of CC in our silicone implants anyway)
- Slightly firmer than a silicone implant, not as supple and soft a breast, although much softer than a standard saline
- More upper pole firmness and fullness than the softer silicone gel implant
- Only one style of projection similar to a high profile silicone implant
This is a great alternative to the silicone implant for those that don’t want to worry about whether the implant has failed or not. There is no evidence that silicone implants, per-se, have any health concerns if they fail. The newer silicone, cohesive and highly cohesive implants have minimal if any concerns about gel migration if they fail.