LA Plastic Surgeon Puts Micro Implants to the Test

Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Wm Brennan received a patent to experiment with micro-implants in late Fall 2008, and this breast implant alternative is quickly gaining interest across the country.

Instead of inserting a large silicone or saline implant into the breast tissues, Dr. Brennan says it's possible to create a natural-looking breast with hundreds of raisin-sized implants.  Micro-implants are made of silicone just like their larger counterparts, but each implant can be inserted into the tissues with an incision as small as 5 mm.  By inserting hundreds of these miniature implants evenly throughout the breast tissue, the surgeon believes women could achieve the volume they want and forgo the 'plastic' look of conventional implants.

Other benefits of micro-implants may include:

  • Limited downtime; recovery and healing may take only a few weeks instead of a few months
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Easy recovery process
  • Less scar tissue
  • Can be performed on a quick outpatient basis
  • Lower or similar in cost as conventional breast implants

Dr. Brennan has been experimenting with the implants since 2008, and the implants are still in their testing phases. They have not received FDA approval, and there is not enough data available that proves these implants are safe, or even effective in creating natural-looking breasts.

Still, micro implants may be an option for breast augmentation patients in the near future.  Over 350,000 women underwent breast augmentation in 2007, and despite the economic slump in 2008 and early 2009, the procedure is still one of the most sought-after plastic surgery enhancements.

A  survey conducted as part of the research process of these implants indicates that over 60% of women would choose micro-implants over conventional forms of breast enlargement; if micro-implants do make it to the consumer market, plastic surgeons who can offer these specialty implants may be able to attract more patients and provide another option for hundreds of breast implant candidates.

Further Reading

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • We’ve all heard about celebrities going under the knife to improve their looks and enhance their appearance, and while some do manage to enhance their looks with a nip and tuck, others fall victim to a plastic surgery disaster. Celebrities including Tara Reid and Amanda Lepore have been criticized and publicly humiliated after repeat plastic surgery procedures that have led to disaster. Fortunately for stars like Tara Reid, revision surgery has helped to correct the deformities and irregularities caused by the botched procedure. Still, many celebrities aren’t so lucky and have to find ways to mask their anti-aging disaster.

  • A new TV show in Australia called The Shire recently spotlighted plastic surgery and featured the stars of the show having now qualms about treatments. The show’s stars Sophie and Vernesa aren’t afraid to show off their fake breasts in revealing tops and dresses, and are both sporting the infamous lip-enhanced pouts. Vernesa admits that she’s been told not to have any more filler treatments in her lips to prevent her lips from touching her nose. She undergoes Botox for the first time on camera.