Both saline and silicone breast implants continue to be some of the most sought-after procedures in cosmetic surgery, and are fueling the trends in ‘mommy makeovers’ and procedures that allow women to transform their upper body and create a more attractive silhouette. Many doctors prefer to use either saline or silicone based on the type of results the patient is looking for, and how much risk they are willing to take.
The IDEAL implant has recently been released for clinical trials to offer another option for women interested in breast augmentation.
The IDEAL Implant is a saline-filled implant that promises a much more natural result than silicone gel because it is designed as a series of implant shells that are nested together.
This creates the sponge-like, cushioned appearance of the natural breast tissue, and limits the ‘bouncing’ effect that is common with traditional saline implants. IDEAL implants are also designed to conform to the chest wall, so they look like they are real when the woman is wearing a bikini or other clothing that shows off a good portion of her chest.
Saline implants account for approximately 60 percent of all breast augmentation procedures, and do offer several benefits over silicone gel. The IDEAL Implant is designed to produce similar results as silicone gel without the risks; the implants have a low risk of rupturing, and the makers of the implant say there are very few long-term side effects.
IDEAL Implants are being rolled out only in select markets. Plastic surgeons in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles and the Orange County area will be enrolled in the first round of clinical trials, and 500 women will be selected as test subjects. This initial trial will provide enough data to present to the FDA for approval.
Women who are interested in becoming a test subject can enroll for the trial by visiting www.idealimplant.com, and setting up a consultation with a plastic surgeon in their area.