Silicone breast implants offer many advantages over saline breast implants, including a more natural look in an appearance and weighing less than saline filled implants. This weigh factor alone may reduce the risk of ptosis as well as allowing for a more projected look due to new cohesive gels that maintain the shape of the breast implant.
In the past, plastic surgeons have attempted to look for new ways to perform breast augmentation, using silicone breast implants, while decreasing the size of the incision site and reducing the stress placed on the breast implant when inserting it into the breast pocket, all the while reducing the chances of capsular contracture. Recent studies have shown that there is an increased risk potential of patients getting capsular contracture as a result of the breast implant becoming contaminated during the augmentation process..
Due to their size, silicone implants often have to be touched and handled more than saline implants during surgery, so developing a surgical technique where the implants do not come in contact with external elements, like the outer skin of the patient, wound area, or the surgeon’s gloves, reduces this risk of capsular contracture considerably. Capsular contracture has been linked to the formation of bio-films on the surface of the breast implant as a result of contact contamination during surgery.
Recently, Dr. Kevin Keller invented a very simple surgical device that has proven to reduce many of the post surgical risk associated with breast augmentation using silicone implants. This new device is called the “Keller Funnel™,” named appropriately after its inventor.
The device consists of nothing more than a polymer coned bag with a special self-lubricating hydrophilic polymer coating interior. Once moistened, the lubrication makes the funnel extremely slippery so that the implant can be inserted into the breast pocket without having to be touched by human hands. The immediate benefits are clear since the implant doesn’t have to be touched, reducing the risk of infection which can lead to capsular contracture.
The Keller Funnel™ is expected to fundamentally change the way breast augmentations are performed with many new benefits including:
- Reducing the breast incision size
- Reducing the risk of infection
- Reducing the risk of capsular contracture
- Reducing the time it takes to operate
- Reducing additional trauma to incision area
- Reducing additional stress on the implant during surgery
- Lowering complications to breast augmentation patient
- Providing more choices for breast incisions