Dr. Lowenstein now provides the most implant choices available to Santa Barbara women seeking breast enlargement. With different advantages to each implant, Dr. Lowenstein can now provide the most individualized breast enhancement to his Central Coast patients. While many patients prefer the convenience associated with saline implants, others prefer the look and feel of silicone gel. The firmer feel of the “gummy bear” shaped implants may offer advantages to some women, while the IDEAL IMPLANT can provide a more natural gel-like feel without the maintenance associated with silicone gel. Paramount to Dr. Lowenstein’s priorities is safety, and all of the implant choices we offer are FDA cleared and considered safe after extensive clinical research. For More information on Breast Implant Choices, Contact Us Today

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FAQs: Types of Breast Implants

  • What is the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant?

    The IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant gives you the natural feel you want, but without silicone gel. Although it is filled with only saline for your peace of mind, the implant has a natural feel because of its internal supporting structure that controls movement of the saline.

    If the IDEAL IMPLANT ruptures, the saline inside is harmlessly absorbed by the body. In addition, you have the confidence of knowing that your implants are intact just by looking in the mirror. In contrast, the FDA requests that patients with silicone gel implants get an MRI after 3 years and another MRI every other year after that to detect ruptures that would otherwise be undetected. Women have wanted a new type of breast implant – one that would combine the natural feel of a silicone gel implant with only saline inside for safety and peace of mind. After years of research, engineering, product development and a large US clinical trial, the IDEAL IMPLANT was approved by FDA and Health Canada, and is now available through a limited network of board certified or eligible plastic surgeons. The IDEAL IMPLANT has been in clinical use since February 2009, at the start of the clinical trial. By February 2010, 502 women received the IDEAL IMPLANT from 45 board certified plastic surgeon investigators nationwide. In clinical follow-up over five years, patient and surgeon satisfaction with the outcome has been high and the capsule contracture rate has been low.

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  • What is a saline breast implant?

    Simple saline breast implants are composed of an outer shell and a filler of saline- the same type of fluid utilized in IV infusions. This means that if a saline breast implant ruptures the saline is harmlessly absorbed by your body and the implant itself collapses, allowing you to know that your implant needs to be replaced.

    Because of the simple structure of these implants, they can feel less natural than silicone gel implants or the IDEAL IMPLANT®. Patients may notice some rippling with simple saline implants that can sometimes be felt or seen beneath the skin.

  • What is a silicone gel breast implant?

    The most popular breast implant is the smooth round silicone gel implant. This implant feels the most like natural tissue, and for that reason is the breast implant most often chosen by breast enhancement patients. The soft silicone gel feeling is most similar to natural breast tissue, and the smooth surface of this breast implant allows the breast implant to move within the breast pocket. These implants are easily “pushed up” in a bra to provide cleavage because of their mobility, but their natural feel provides an attractive appearance and texture in all positions.

    Because this implant is filled with a silicone gel, this material is not absorbed by your body if this breast implant ruptures. Patients may not be able to tell if their silicone gel breast implant is ruptured by look or feel, and this is why the FDA requests that all silicone gel breast implant patients get an MRI after 3 years and then every other year after that to make sure that the implants have not had a “silient” rupture. While no scientific studies have ever shown that even a ruptured silicone implant causes systemic disease, such a ruptured implant can increase the likelihood of excessive scarring, lumps, and capsular contracture.

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  • What is a shaped silicone breast implant?

    The newest silicone gel breast implant is the “shaped”, “gummy bear”, or “form stable” breast implant- all of these terms mean the same thing. These implants retain their shape in all positions, and have more fullness toward the bottom of the breast implant structure than at the top. This shape can allow for a very pretty appearance in the right patient, creating a natural and youthful shape. Some patients with a small amount of drooping can also benefit from this implant because it can provide some elevation of the lower breast tissue because of it’s shape. Additionally, the Mentor Shaped breast implant has a rupture rate that is significantly lower than smooth round silicone gel implants, as well as a very low capsular contracture rate.

    The shaped breast implant is rough on its surface, which prevents it from moving once it is placed into the breast. Because of it’s shape, it is important that the orientation of the breast implant remains stable and that rough surface prevents the implant from rotating into a poor position. Because of this texture and the form stable gel, these implants tend to be a bit more firm than standard silicone gel implants- a feature that some patients prefer, while others look for the softer feel of classic smooth round implants. Like the smooth round silicone gel implant, this “gummy bear” implant is filled with a silicone gel, this material is not absorbed by your body if this breast implant ruptures. Patients may not be able to tell if their silicone gel breast implant is ruptured by look or feel, and this is why the FDA requests that all silicone gel breast implant patients get an MRI after 3 years and then every other year after that to make sure that the implants have not had a “silient” rupture. While no scientific studies have ever shown that even a ruptured silicone implant causes systemic disease, such a ruptured implant can increase the likelihood of excessive scarring, lumps, and capsular contracture.

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