The ideal breast implants, FDA approved in 2014 and now available, offer unique advantages over saline and silicone breast implants currently available.

Breast augmentation with implants was approved in the United States in 1962. In 1992 silicone implants were removed from the United States market by the FDA for health concerns. From then until 2006 only saline breast implants were available. Silicone implants were reformulated by the implant manufacturers and approved for use in the United States by the FDA. Currently, women 22 years of age or older may select either silicone or saline breast implants for cosmetic breast augmentation, while women 18 to 22 may only use saline implants per FDA guidelines.

Saline Breast Implants

The implants are filled with sterile saline after they are placed into the breast pocket.

Advantages Of Saline Breast Implants Include

  • Small Incision
  • Adjustable Size
  • Easily Noticed Implant Rupture


Disadvantages Of Saline Implants Include

  • Visible Rippling
  • Less Natural Feel

Silicone Breast Implants

These implants are pre-filled with cohesive silicone gel and then placed into the breast pocket.

Advantages Of Silicone Breast Implants Include

  • Minimal To No Visible Rippling
  • More Natural Feel


Disadvantages Of Saline Implants Include

  • Larger Incision
  • Not Adjustable
  • Silent Rupture

Silent Rupture of Silicone Implants

Ruptures of silicone gel implants are silent – looking in the mirror does not tell you if your implants are intact or ruptured. FDA recommends a MRI scan every two years for detection.


Natrelle silicone gel

Rupture Rate

FDA Update on Silicone Gel Implants, June 2011


MemoryGel silicone gel

Rupture Rate

Health Canada, Summary Basis of Decision, January 2014


410 anatomic form-stable gel

Rupture Rate

Aesthetic Surgery Journal Vol 35, Pages 145-155, February 2015


Statistics are for women in FDA Core clinical trials who had primary breast augmentation and were followed with regular screening MRI scans to detect rupture of their implants

Why Ideal Breast Implants

Last year over 300,000 breast augmentation procedures were performed in the United States. Current options, saline breast implants and silicone implants, have distinct advantages and disadvantages. The Ideal Breast Implant was developed to combine the natural look and feel of silicone breast implants with the safety and piece of mind of saline breast implants. Breast augmentation with Ideal Breast Implants give women a new option to improve their size, shape, and proportion.

design of ideal breast implants at galumbeck plastic surgery

A series of implant shells are nested together with two separate chambers, which hold the saline filler. The internal structure controls movement of the saline, and is designed to reduce folding and wrinkling, thought to be the main cause of implant rupture and deflation. On the outside, the edges have been lowered for better contouring to the chest wall. This unique design, creating a structured breast implant allows the Ideal Breast Implant to have the look and feel of silicone, as well as the peace of mind of a saline filled implant.

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Silicone Breast Implant

With its distinctive design, the Ideal Breast Implant has the advantages of:

  • All Saline Fill
  • Natural Feel
  • Low Incidence of Rippling
  • No Silent Leak or Need for MRI
  • Small Incisions
  • Adjustability to Balance Breast Size Asymmetry

About Dr. Matt Galumbeck

With over 20 years of clinical experience and having performed over 5,000 cosmetic surgery procedures, Dr. Matthew Galumbeck has the experience and skills to deliver outstanding cosmetic surgery outcomes.

A native of Virginia Beach, Matthew Galumbeck, MD received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, and his medical degree from Duke University. He trained in general surgery at Case Western Reserve University, and in plastic surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Further study includes advanced training in body contouring in Paris.

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