The majority of cosmetic and plastic surgeons in the United States recommend silicone breast implants over saline implants because the gel helps create a more natural-looking breast. However, not all plastic and cosmetic surgeons have the skills and experience to insert silicone breast implants effectively. For many, inserting the pre-filled implant in the breast through a small incision can be challenging, and presents a high risk of the ‘double bubble’ and other complications.
The Keller Funnel No Touch Technique is a new technique in breast implant surgery, and involves making an incision wide enough for a narrow tip of a small bag that looks similar to an icing bag. The implant is placed into the Keller Funnel, and the narrow end of the funnel is placed directly into the incision. The surgeon then squeezes the bag to insert the implant directly into the breast cavity, and pushes the implant slowly through the funnel until it is properly positioned into the breast.
The technique was recently presented on The Doctors show. Dr. Drew Ordon points out that this technique may help with capsular contracture, a common problem incurred by breast implant patients where a hardened shell of tissue forms around the implant. It is still not clear why capsular contracture occurs, but some experts suggest that it could be the result of an infection or debris left on the doctor’s gloves during the procedure. In most cases, the physician must apply a significant amount of pressure to break up the hardened shell of tissue around the implant.
The Keller No Funnel No Touch Technique may now be an attractive alternative to popular breast augmentation and breast reconstruction techniques, and does present a lower risk for infections because the physician does not every actually touch the implant.