Learning About Breast Implants

What do you need to know about your breast implant options before your breast surgery? Research shows that breast augmentation can increase your self-esteem and quality of life. But you should know not all breast implants are created equal. This important decision will affect your life for years to come, so you should know all the facts before choosing an implant. There are three breast implant types currently approved by the FDA and available from board-certified plastic surgeons.

  • Silicone Gel Breast Implants: These implants are popular because they offer a natural looking result. They are silicone shells filled with silicone gel, and are sometimes referred to as silicone implants or “gummy bear implants.” The silicone gel inside is thick and sticky, which gives it natural looking results, but can also cause problems if the implant ruptures.
  • Saline Breast Implants: Sterile salt water, or saline, fills the silicone shells of saline breast implants. Saline is naturally absorbed by the body and has many medical uses including hydrating the body through an IV drip. Women like saline breast implants because they know if a rupture happens the saline will be absorbed. However, they can cause noticeable wrinkles because the implant behaves much like a water balloon.   
  • IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants: The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant was created to address concerns with saline and silicone gel implants. It is filled with saline for a women’s peace of mind, but the silicone shell contains several chambers and baffled shells. This structure gives the implant stability and causes it to behave similar to natural breast tissue rather than a water balloon.


Breast Implant Options and Recommended Maintenance

According to FDA recommendations, any breast implant that ruptures should be removed. The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant can be removed through a simple procedure, often requiring only a local anesthetic. A rupture is easily detected, because the implant begins to deflate and the saline inside is naturally absorbed by the body. Only the shell must be removed, which can be done through a small incision. Silicone gel breast implant removal must include the shell and all the silicone gel. Removal of leaked silicone gel can be difficult if the sticky silicone gel has traveled away from the breast capsule. Even worse, silicone gel breast implants can have “silent ruptures,” where the implant ruptures without the woman knowing. Because of this risk, the FDA recommends women with silicone gel breast implants get an MRI every two years for the life of the implant. According to the FDA an MRI, is the best way to detect a silent rupture, though many plastic surgeons say they are not 100% accurate.


Implant Rupture and Capsular Contracture Statistics

You may be wondering, “do I really need repeated MRIs? What are the chances my silicone implants will rupture? What are the chances I will have other complications?” The answer may surprise you. In FDA 6-7 year clinical trial results for primary augmentation, some silicone gel implants had a rupture risk as high as 7.4%. However, as the FDA makes clear, “the longer you have a breast implant, the greater the chance of implant rupture,” so that risk will increase if your breast implants last longer than 7 years. Another common breast implant complication is capsular contracture. This happens when the scar tissue around the implant begins to tighten, squeeze, or displace the implant. This complication can cause pain, and often requires additional surgery to correct. The same FDA clinical trial identified that the capsular contracture risk was as high as 16.2% in some silicone gel breast implants. The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant gives women a statistically lower risk of complications and future surgeries, with a rupture risk of 1.8% and a capsular contracture risk of 6.3%. Women deserve the ability to have beautiful looking breast implants without worrying about complications, and now the IDEAL IMPLANT provides that option.


Dr. Matthew Galumbeck: Virginia Beach Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Women who want the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant should visit Dr. Matthew Galumbeck in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. Galumbeck is one of the exclusive surgeons in the area to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT, and was recently named an IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon because of his extensive experience with it. Dr. Galumbeck believes every woman has the right to beautiful results, low complications, and peace of mind. He is dedicated to educating his patients so that they can choose the right implant for their bodies and lifestyles.

To schedule your consultation and discuss your breast implant options with Dr. Galumbeck, call his office at 757-330-8421.


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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