The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant has the natural feel that women want and advantages over silicone gel implants. After years of research, engineering and product development — including the contributions of clinical expertise from plastic surgeons — the IDEAL IMPLANT has been in use since 2009 and is approved by the FDA and Health Canada. Read Dr. Mahony’s personal viewpoint on the IDEAL implant here.
IDEAL IMPLANT Clinical Advantages
- Saline that feels like gel
- Lower capsule contracture rate
- Higher rupture strength
- Smaller incision
- Easy to remove
IDEAL IMPLANT Filler Advantages
- Only saline inside for peace of mind
- Safety of saline
- Saline is harmlessly absorbed by the body
- Look in the mirror and know implants are intact
IDEAL IMPLANT Rupture Advantages*
- No risk of silicone gel in tissues
- No MRI scans needed to detect ruptures
- No silent ruptures
*Intact silicone gel implants are FDA-approved and safe. However, if ruptured, the FDA says the “implant and any gel should be removed.” Since these ruptures are silent, an MRI scan is recommended every two years to detect rupture.
Are the new IDEAL implants more expensive than standard saline implants or gel implants?
That’s a great question since most people assume a new innovation equals a higher cost. The really good news with IDEAL implants is that they are very cost effective. They are priced at just $750 per implant which is only a little more than the price for a standard saline implant and quite a bit less than a gel implant. I think the pricing is another way that the folks at IDEAL show just how committed they are to getting this safe, natural-feeling implant into the market. It really is a game changer!
I already have gel implants and have had no problems with them. Do you recommend women with gel implants consider replacing them with IDEAL implants?
I’m happy to hear that you are having no issues with your gel implants and I hope you are getting MRI’s every couple of years to confirm there are no silent leaks for your peace of mind. Few women with gel actually follow through on getting an MRI and may not have the advantage of warranty coverage at the time a leak is finally noted. In addition, replacement may be an out of pocket cost. The IDEAL implant offers a lifetime warranty. That being said, replacing your implants is something to take time to consider and to discuss with me. You have to weigh the pros and cons of the expense of another breast surgery and whether you’re up for the surgery and recovery time. I can help you with that!