IDEAL IMPLANT vs. Silicone Breast Implants

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IDEAL IMPLANT vs. Silicone Breast ImplantsSilicone implants are still offered as an option for breast enhancement patients in the United States. However, with the introduction of the IDEAL IMPLANT, an increasing number of women are choosing these implants over silicone gel. 

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove provides breast augmentation to patients in Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and surrounding communities. 

Silent Rupture is a Concern with Silicone Implants

As silicone gel breast implants have been in existence for a long time, some patients still seriously consider them to be an option for their breast enhancement. While these implants feel quite similar to the natural breast tissue, there are some unique concerns related to silicone gel implants.

The primary concern that women have regarding silicone implants is that they can rupture silently. As silicone gel implants contain a sticky, cohesive silicone gel, they are not transparent at all. They only manner in which a woman will be able to detect a rupture in her implant is through an MRI scan. 

MRI scans are typically not covered by medical insurance. The FDA advises women to undergo an MRI scan three years after their original breast enhancement, and every two years after that for the remainder of their lives.

But many women find these MRI scans inconvenient and quite expensive. Therefore, they choose not to get them. If a silicone implant ruptures in such cases, the gel starts leaking into her body and making contact with her body tissues. This causes various complications, such as capsular contracture. 

In general, the woman does not have any knowledge of the rupture as perceptible symptoms do not develop until much later. The removal of a silicone gel implant can be complex, costly, and at times, necessitating a prolonged recovery period.

IDEAL IMPLANT: A Safer and More Effective Choice

The IDEAL IMPLANT makes it possible for women to achieve their desired results without compromising on their safety as a rupture can easily be detected merely by viewing a mirror. 

Due to its innovative dual-chamber design, women can choose to have the implant replaced at their convenience. The IDEAL IMPLANT comprises a sterile saline solution, similar to the one found in an IV at the hospital. 

Therefore, the body will absorb the saline in a harmless manner. Even the surgery to switch out an IDEAL IMPLANT is a simple and straightforward procedure, where the surgeon typically uses the same incision made during the primary breast enhancement to replace the implant. 

Simply put, the IDEAL IMPLANT is a much better implant with extremely low complication rates. Complications specifically refer to deflation of the implant where the saline leaks out or capsular contracture where the patient develops tightness around the implant. At present, the IDEAL IMPLANT has better statistics in comparison to silicone implants and traditional implants. 

With the IDEAL IMPLANT, capsular contracture after the original breast augmentation occurs much less in comparison to silicone gel implants. According to recent FDA trial data comparing these implants after seven to eight years, only 6.6 percent of women with the IDEAL IMPLANT had problems related to capsular contracture. 

In comparison, women with silicone get implants experienced relatively much higher rates of capsular contracture. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove receives patients from Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and nearby areas for breast augmentation.


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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