IDEAL Implant an Alternative to Silicone Breast Implants

CB061387Both 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, and setting up a consultation with a plastic surgeon in their area.

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.