The Ideal Implant – San Diego
The Characteristics of Silicone, The Peace of Mind of Saline
As medical technology continues to evolve, women gain more and more options for breast implants that offer safety, durability, and more importantly, natural looking results. With the arrival of the Ideal Implant®, San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. Sayed offers his patients a safe new alternative for breast enhancement.
The Ideal Implant® combines the strengths of both saline and silicone implants, offering patients the option of an implant that has the safety of saline-filled implants and the aesthetics of silicone implants. This innovative prosthetic is essentially a saline-filled implant with a unique internal structure that gives it silicone gel-like properties.
While silicone gel implants are safe, FDA-approved, and have a low risk of leakage, many women are still concerned about capsular contracture, pain, hardening of the breast, inflammation, and other complications that can be associated with a silicone implant rupture. The catch is, silicone gel implants also tend to feel and move a lot more “naturally” than saline implants. Studies have shown that Ideal Implants® have a low rate of rippling, which saline implants tend to do, making them extremely durable. And unlike traditional saline implants, the Ideal Implant doesn’t look unnaturally round and doesn’t collapse when held upright.
Dr. Sayed is one of a handful of elite surgeons in the world who offer this implant option. Dr. Sayed can offer his patients an amazing experience and superb results.
View real patient before & after results in our photo gallery.
Ideal Implant 101
This unique prosthetic was engineered to have a complex, layered structure that gives it strength, durability, a natural looking shape, as well as the ability to move and feel as natural as possible. The Ideal Implant has two separate chambers filled with saline: an inner chamber and an outer chamber. Surrounding these chambers are shells that prevent the saline filling from “sloshing” around, and in between each shell are one to three baffle shells. The edges have also been lowered so that they stick more naturally to the chest.
Like all saline implants, your implant is filled once it’s inserted into the breast. When it’s inserted, the Ideal Implant will be deflated, but it has two filling tubes attached to it, which fill the two chambers individually once the prosthetic is in the appropriate position.
This variety of implant offers a great degree of customization; because it’s a saline implant, Dr. Sayed can precisely adjust the size of the implants once it has been inserted. Once Dr. Sayed has made sure that the implant has been filled with an appropriate amount of volume, he’ll remove the filling tubes, which will effectively seal the valves within the implants.
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If you’re in the San Diego or Newport Beach areas and have any questions about the Ideal Implant® or wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sayed, please contact our office.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Ideal Implant
Let’s take a look at what it takes to be a candidate for this breast augmentation procedure:
- Over the age of 18
- Small breasts, tuberous breast deformities, and a lack of cleavage
- Minimal to no droopiness to the breasts. Don’t worry if you have some degree of sagging, we can combine your procedure with a breast lift.
- Good skin elasticity
- No masses in the breast found during a breast examination. If you have a significant family history of breast cancer or are over the age of 30, we can request a preoperative mammogram if you haven’t had one within a year
- A support network of friends, family, caregivers, or others who can help out with your recovery
- A preference for saline-filled implants
- Reasonable expectations for what the procedure can do for you
Your breast enhancement will take slightly longer than the typical one hour it takes to perform breast enhancement–mostly because the Ideal Implant® is filled a little differently.
While long-term data might not be available, a five year clinical study with the implants have shown that patients had a lower rate of capsular contractions—nearly half of the rate associated with saline and silicone implants. Many surgeons also feel that Ideal Implants are also less likely to ripple—making them durable enough to last longer than saline implants despite wear and tear.
Of course, while pregnancy and breastfeeding might result in changes in the breast, there are many women who go their entire lives without needing to exchange or remove their implants.
- Have a reasonable expectation of what the treatment can do for you
- Don’t smoke or take any kind of nicotine for at least 3 weeks before and after the procedure
- Stay well-rested and well-hydrated
- Take vitamin C and zinc supplementation—but ask Dr. Sayed before taking any other supplements. We have a list of substances that we ask you to avoid to minimize the risk of bleeding and to optimize healing
- Designate a caretaker who can help you during the first 5-7 days of your recovery
- Identify whether any female relatives in your immediate family have any history of breast cancer
We are more than happy to provide a quote for what the cost would be for your individual case. We invite you to stop in and meet with Dr. Sayed. He can assess your particular case and provide you with an accurate cost schedule. Please feel free to contact our San Diego office and schedule a consultation.