Breast Implant Options Affect Women Everywhere

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It’s almost 2019, and today’s breast implant options are no longer what they used to be. Life is full of options, and often it’s the choices you make that determine the life you have. The same goes for breast enhancement. With options to choose from, women are no longer as apprehensive about getting implants, and are better able to enjoy the implant that is best for their body and lifestyle. The first step is educating yourself on what those choices are.

Breast Implant Options

In the past, your breast implant choice was between saline or silicone implants. Now, women have three options. Saline, silicone gel, or the latest in implant technology, the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant. Silicone gel implants have been known for providing a more natural look and feel over saline implants. Now, the IDEAL IMPLANT offers a similar beautiful, natural look and feel through its unique internal structure, yet with peace of mind because there is only saline inside. The best of both worlds, the IDEAL IMPLANT feels like a silicone implant, while providing the peace of mind that saline implants offer.

Silicone Implants

If a silicone gel implant ruptures, it’s silent, and requires an MRI to diagnose. That’s why the FDA recommends women with silicone gel implants undergo an MRI every 2 years for the life of their implants. Also, if a silicone gel implant ruptures, the sticky silicone gel can come into contact with your body tissue, and must be surgically removed with the implant shell, a procedure that can take hours. Surgery to correct a ruptured silicone gel implant may be complex and require a capsulectomy to remove all the scar tissue that has formed around the breast implant. Options for a discreet incision are not possible to remove the defective implant in this case.

Saline Implants

Saline implants are sometimes known as “water balloon” implants because they don’t feel as natural as silicone implants. They tend to wrinkle and ripple, making them look less natural as well. If a saline implant ruptures, you will be able to tell because it will go flat or look misshapen. Fortunately there is no potential danger to your body because the body just absorbs the saline. Women can easily call their doctor and let them know their implant ruptured and needs to be replaced.


Similarly, with the IDEAL IMPLANT, you will know if your implant has ruptured by simply looking in the mirror, so you will always know what is happening inside your body, meaning no MRI is necessary. If an IDEAL IMPLANT ruptures, only saline comes into contact with your tissue, and it is safely absorbed by the body. Surgery to correct a ruptured IDEAL IMPLANT is simple and can sometimes be done under local anesthetic, requiring a smaller incision to remove the empty implant shell. With three different breast implant options, bear in mind that each option has its unique characteristics.

Atlanta Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove has been doing breast augmentations for over 32 years, and seen many situations. He and his staff at Vinings Surgery Center now offer the Vectra 3D simulation during patient consultations. This allows you to see how each breast implant option would look on you using 3D images. He also is distinguished as an IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon, and recognizes the advantageous differences this new implant provides.

Advantages of The Ideal Implant

“The Ideal implant offers the advantages of feeling more natural than the typical saline implant and feels a little bit more like the silicone implants without the drawbacks of silent rupture and the frequent MRI’s, which are recommended…On the IDEAL IMPLANT, if you need to change that out, you typically just remove the implant and put a new one in if the patient so desires. But, you don’t have to go through the process of cleaning up silicone gel. It’s a sterile saline that’s there and is easily absorbed by the patient. Most of the time it’s gonna be nothing there but the implant, which is easily removed.”- Dr. Robert Colgrove

Finally, the lifetime surgical cost of the IDEAL IMPLANT is often lower than silicone gel, as you can keep your IDEAL implants in place as long as they last. Many surgeons recommend replacing silicone implants every 10 years due to the risk of silent rupture, which increases potential costs of surgeries and complications not covered by insurance or product warranties.

With the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant, women no longer need to choose between a beautiful look and feel, and the peace of mind of knowing what is happening inside their body.

“The patient satisfaction has been across the board very good. We haven’t had to go back in and remove them because they didn’t like them. I would say at this point it has been very positive for the patient and the surgeon and continues to grow. We started obviously at zero, but it has basically overtaken my practice as far as the number one choice for breast implants in my practice.”- Dr. Robert Colgrove

Schedule a Consult with a Board-Certified Atlanta Plastic Surgeon

With breast implant options for women these days, it’s so important to stay informed. Educate yourself on what options are available and then choose what is best for you. In a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Colgrove, you will be presented with all of the options and any questions you have will be thoroughly answered. Dr. Colgrove will address any concerns you may have, and will help you choose an individualized plan for you. You will also be able to use the 3D Vectra simulation where you will be able to see how your implants will look as 3D images. Take advantage of living in an option-filled world and schedule your consultation with Dr. Colgrove today.

Researching breast implant options in Atlanta? Contact Dr. Colgrove today to discuss your options. Simply call 770-995-9000, Dr. Colgrove’s office is located at 1900 The Exchange SE Bldg 300, Suite 300 Atlanta, Georgia 30339.

For more information about treatments and procedures by Board Certified Atlanta Plastic Surgeon, Robert A. Colgrove, Jr., M.D. at Vinings Surgery Center please visit us at

Vinings Surgery Center is taking patients from Greater Atlanta Georgia, Buckhead, Marietta, Roswell, Dunwoody and surrounding areas.

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