Move over silicone breast implants, it’s time to make room for a new implant called the Ideal Implant; a saline filled implant with the natural feel of silicone.
Although silicone breast implants were finally deemed safe by the FDA back in 2006, there are still a large number of women out there who just don’t feel comfortable taking the risk of having them place inside their body. Many women still fear silent ruptures, which are undetectable without an M.R.I. and can cost thousands of dollars, because it isn’t typically covered by insurance. There is also the underlying fear of a foreign substance entering their body and the concern it could cause an autoimmune disease or cancer. While there has been a saline implant alternative for women concerned about silicone implants, many woman don’t like the unnatural feel or the thought they are prone to rippling and folding, so they opt not to have breast augmentation all together.
Fortunately, there is now a solution for women who want breast augmentation with the safety of saline and feel of silicone. The new Ideal Implant created by Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert S. Hamas. This latest implant is filled with saline, but instead of sloshing around like a water balloon, and potentially folding, as saline implants tend to, they are as soft as gel.
Dr. Hamas holding his Ideal Implant
Dr. Hamas has been working on his new implant since 1992, shortly after silicone was taken off the market. His idea was to figure out a way to keep the saline from sloshing around while feeling natural like silicone gel. After much trial and error, he created a series of implant shells nested together and two separate chambers that hold saline. This internal structure of the implant limited the saline’s ability to move, while supporting the implant edges to reduce folding.
The company, Ideal Implant Inc., which he started in 2006, is majority owned by about 120 board-certified or board-eligible plastic surgeons, and gained F.D.A. approval in 2014. It was made available to the public in September of this year. The Ideal Implant is currently only available to the shareholders and 45 doctors who investigated them for the FDA (none of whom have a financial stake in the company). Demand currently far outweighs supply, so many plastic surgeons have begun a waitlist for women who are interested in the new implant.
Both Dr. Nichter and Dr. Horowitz were FDA investigators for Ideal Implant, so they are now offering the implant as an option at their Newport Beach practice, Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery. The doctors state the demand has been overwhelming and woman are thrilled with their breast augmentation results using the saline filled Ideal Implant.
In an article published on Dec. 2, 2015 in the New York Times, both supporters and non-supporters of the new Ideal Implant discuss their viewpoint about the saline implant. You can read the article here :http://bit.ly/idealimplantnytimes