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Everything You Need to Know About the Ideal Implant®

Our San Diego plastic surgeon strives to provide innovative treatments that have a strong track record of success, especially when it comes to breast implants. The Ideal Implant® is one such treatment that is generating interest among patients and plastic surgeons. Here’s everything you need to know about this type of implants.

What is the Ideal Implant®?

Most patients are familiar with traditional silicone and saline breast implants. While both have their advantages, each also has shortcomings associated with the treatment and result. For example, saline-filled implants can be adjusted as they are filled during surgery, and problems such as rupture are easier to quickly detect. However, these implants tend to look firm and slightly unnatural. In contrast, silicone breast implants create a natural, teardrop shape, but detecting ruptures in the implant can be difficult, increasing the risk of leaks into surrounding tissue.

The Ideal Implant® offers a unique, hybrid breast implant for women who want the beautiful shape of a silicone implant and the security of a saline implant. This innovative approach is thanks in part to the unique inner structure of the implant. Rather than having a single yet sturdy bag, the Ideal Implant® has two nested compartments that are filled with saline. These layers are then surrounded by a unique baffle shell that restricts movement of the saline in the outer layer, allowing the implant to take on the natural appearance reminiscent of a silicone breast.

With this unique internal structure, the Ideal Implant® offers patients the figure they desire while providing the peace of mind that their implants are uniquely protected from silent rupture.

Surgery & Cost

Like traditional saline implants, the Ideal Implant® is inserted first then filled with saline. As there are two saline compartments, however, surgery time may be slightly longer than the usual one hour for a traditional breast augmentation. Similarly, Ideal Implants® are somewhat more expensive than conventional implants. However, many of the patients who have visited our San Diego office for this treatment have found the results they achieve with this breast implant option make it a worthwhile investment.

Recovery

Recovery time after Ideal Implant® treatment is not much different from recovery from traditional silicone or saline implant placement. To mitigate post-procedure discomfort, Dr. Sayed may prescribe pain relief medications and will provide you with post-treatment instructions. To make your recovery as easy as possible, we recommend finding a caregiver who can help you during the first week following surgery.

Longevity

While the Ideal Implant® is a relatively recent innovation in breast augmentation, ongoing studies show that the long-term results are promising. The structured design of the implant has been shown to reduce the risk of capsular contraction and silent rupture. Likewise, the multiple barrier approach to encapsulating the saline material and smooth surface has made Ideal Implants® less likely to ripple and distort the skin above the implant, suggesting the treatment may provide greater longevity than traditional saline prosthetics.

Final Looks

The unique structure of this hybrid implant creates a concave, dome-like shape that adapts well to the curves of the patient’s chest. The implant looks incredibly natural, avoiding the awkward height of saline implants and creating a natural point overlooked by a silicone prosthetic. Overall, patients who receive the Ideal Implant® find their new shape looks and feels very natural.

Interested? Learn More with our San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Our goal is to provide our patients with the information they need to make the right decision for their body and wellbeing. We encourage you to contact Dr. Sayed with any questions you may have about the innovative Ideal Implant® or breast augmentation. Together, we’ll create the best solution for you. Call 1-858-252-2472 to get started.

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Implant Options

Having options is a great thing. Especially when it comes to customizing your breast augmentation. Dr. Sayed offers different types of implant types, shapes, and textures. With plenty of options, you are sure to find the best implant for your lifestyle and desired aesthetic. Below, is a break down of the selection you can expect to choose from during your consultation.

Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sayed and learn which options are best for you.

Why do Breast Implants Need to be Exchanged?

While breast implants are long-lasting, they are not meant to last a lifetime. Whether due to a change in cosmetic taste or a condition like capsular contracture, many women choose to undergo breast revision surgery at some point after their initial augmentation.

Breast revision is a procedure that involves replacing the breast implants or correcting complications and physical irregularities that have developed. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tim Sayed has performed thousands of these highly specialized procedures to help women feel comfortable with the appearance of their breasts again. Below we’ll be exploring some of the most common reasons why women replace their implants.

Capsular Contracture

Although it’s relatively rare, capsular contracture is a complication that can develop after breast augmentation. Following breast surgery, a capsule of scar tissue naturally forms around the implants. The formation of scar tissue is not necessarily a cause for concern since this is just the body’s natural response to the placement of a foreign object. However, in some cases, the capsule of scar tissue contracts too tightly around the implant. As a result, the breasts become hard and may look irregular.

Capsular contracture can be quite painful. This condition does not resolve on its own and requires surgical release of the scar tissue. After the scar tissue has been surgically removed, many women choose to have a new set of implants placed to maintain their preferred aesthetic.

Implant Rupture

Implant rupture occurs when the implant develops a tear or hole due to physical trauma, normal aging of the implant, compression during a mammogram, damage during a medical procedure, and other factors. When a rupture occurs with a saline implant, the breast will quickly look “deflated,” but the saline can safely be absorbed by the body.

In the case of silicone gel implants, a rupture might not be detected for quite some time because the implants are form stable and maintain their shape. Once a rupture has been confirmed, silicone gel implants must be removed as soon as possible. There is not the same urgency for replacing ruptured saline implants, but since they cause the breasts to rapidly lose volume, most women opt to have them replaced as soon as possible.

During breast revision surgery, Dr. Sayed will remove the ruptured implants from the implant pocket and surrounding tissue. After the breast pocket is cleaned and reshaped, a new set of implants can be placed.

Breast Asymmetry and Other Physical Changes

Aging, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can all cause the breasts to physically change, even if you have implants. These changes may result in breast asymmetry and sagging. Dr. Sayed can treat these changes with a breast revision and lift to restore a balanced, symmetrical appearance to your figure.

In some cases, the old implants can be left in, but most women opt to have a new set of implants placed at the time of their breast lift. Together, a breast revision and lift can fully rejuvenate the breasts and correct the changes caused by aging or pregnancy.

Aging Implants or Change in Taste

As breast implant technology continues to advance, many women are choosing to replace their aging implants. While women were mostly limited to saline implants years ago, today’s options include cohesive silicone gel and contoured implants, which have become popular due to their natural look and feel. Older implants also carry a higher risk of rupturing, which drives some patients to take advantage of improved implant technology. There is no expiration date for breast implants, but it’s generally recommended that patients replace them every ten years or so.

Some women decide to exchange their implants simply because their cosmetic tastes have evolved over time. Your ideal aesthetic in your 20s may no longer reflect your current taste. Breast augmentation is highly customizable, allowing women to attain an appearance that matches their tastes as they age.

When is it Time to Replace Your Implants?

Every patient is different, but you may want to consider changing your implants if you:

  • Are developing symptoms of capsular contracture, including hardened breasts, breasts that are painful to the touch or have an abnormal appearance
  • Suspect your implants have ruptured
  • Have developed implant malposition
  • Have developed breast asymmetry after pregnancy, aging, or other factors
  • Are no longer happy with the type of implants you have
  • Want to change the size, shape, or volume of your breasts

If you’re considering a breast revision in the San Diego or Newport Beach areas, contact Dr. Tim Sayed to schedule your personal consultation. Whether you’d like to change the size of your implants or you’ve developed a complication following breast augmentation, Dr. Sayed can create a personalized treatment plan customized to your needs.

 

Which Breast Implant Option Is Best for Your Active Lifestyle?

An active lifestyle can shape and sculpt your muscles and eliminate body fat. This does great things for your waistline, arms, and core, but unfortunately, less fat means less breast tissue for many women. If you’ve lost breast volume after losing weight or if you want to increase your breast size, come see us and learn more about breast augmentation. Carefully chosen breast implants can be compatible with your favorite fitness activities including hiking, running, exercise, and even weight lifting.

Breast augmentation can yield stunning results for the active patient but can be challenging due to low levels of body fat, highly developed pectoral muscles, and the physical strain of some activities. Choose your plastic surgeon carefully and follow these tips for the best results. Dr. Sayed is a double board certified plastic surgeon and has worked extensively on patients with low body fat and an active lifestyle. Call today and schedule your consultation.

Saline or Silicone- Which Breast Implant Type Is Best for the Active Patient?

Saline or silicone? Which implant type is best for active patients? Both saline and silicone have advantages and can work well on active patients. We’ll help you choose the best breast implant type for your lifestyle, anatomy, and aesthetic goals during your consultation.

  • Saline Breast Implants– To place a saline implant, we insert an unfilled flexible silicone shell into the breast through a small incision. It is then filled with a sterile saline solution. Saline implants have a few advantages to silicone implants. They generally cost a little less. They can be placed through a smaller incision. Saline implants are also easier to remove. Unfortunately, saline implants can feel slightly firmer than a silicone implant. In women with little natural breast tissue, this can mean that implants don’t feel as natural. This isn’t always an issue for women with more breast tissue. Saline implants may be less durable than silicone implants.
  • Silicone Breast Implants– Silicone breast implants are soft and feel natural. They are a popular option for breast augmentation, especially with women that live an active lifestyle. Silicone implants feature a silicone shell that is filled with a silicone gel filling. These implants are placed into breast pre-filled. They require a larger incision than saline implants. One of the biggest advantages of silicone implants are their soft and natural feel. They work well on women with little natural breast tissue since the implant itself feels very similar to a natural breast.
  • The Ideal Implant- Imagine an implant that offers the benefits of both saline and silicone breast implants. We are pleased to be one of the first plastic surgery practices in the world to offer the Ideal Implant. This unique implant type features two separate chambers that are filled with saline. Its complex, layered construction gives this implant strength, durability, a natural-looking shape, and the ability to move freely and easily. It also offers a high degree of customization, allowing you to achieve your ideal look. This implant is an excellent fit for many of our active patients and may be an excellent option for your breast augmentation.

Implant Placement- Does It Matter?

Breast implants can be placed over or under the pectoral muscle. There are benefits to both approaches and implant placement is important if you live an active lifestyle. We’ll talk in detail about the best option for you. Our goal is to enhance your breast appearance while allowing you to remain active, fit, and easily able to participate in your favorite activities.

Are Smaller Breast Implants Better for the Active Woman?

Ask any woman with large breasts about exercise and they’ll tell you, big breasts can make activity difficult. The same holds true for large breast implants. If you live an active lifestyle, choosing implants that are appropriate for your body size and fitness level is essential. During your consultation we’ll take careful measurements before choosing your implant size. We’ll select an implant that is an appropriate width and projection for your chest wall. Go too big and you may be unable to run, jump, or use the full range of motion of your arms. Go too small and you may be disappointed by your breast appearance. We’ll work with you to find the right balance between breast size and activity levels. Love your look and keep your lifestyle.

Don’t let your active life keep you from the feminine breasts you desire. Carefully selected breast implants can enhance your appearance without interfering with your lifestyle. Call today and schedule a consultation to learn more about your options for breast augmentation.