For many years, women who have wanted breast enhancement surgery were forced to make a decision between only two major types of implants.

However, a new type of implant device is combining the best features of each implant, giving women who prefer to have saline implants a safer solution with a more natural feel.

Saline And Silicone: What’s The Difference?

The two major types of implants on the market today are saline and silicone, each of which comes with its share of advantages and disadvantages. Saline implants are somewhat safer, but do not offer the most natural feel. Silicone implants are well known for their natural feel, but pose a slightly higher risk to the woman if they ever ruptured.

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The unfortunate position that many women who desire breast enhancement surgery find themselves in is not wanting the scalloping or wrinkling of saline breast implants, but not being fully comfortable with silicone gel breast implants and the long-term expense of MRIs to check for leaks. Fortunately, new developments may have uncovered a solution.

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The New Option

A new type of breast implant, filled with saline but completely redesigned to provide more natural appearances, may effectively create a compromise implant that features the best of both types. The new implant has been in development for more than two years, designated as a double-lumen saline-filled breast implant (some have given it the nickname the “Ideal Implant”). Tests involving the ideal implant currently show high levels of satisfaction in patients as well as surgeons, with low rates of wrinkling, and a much lower rate of capsular contracture.

Conventional saline implants only come with a single lumen. This style makes single lumen implants similar in design to balloons, which are filled with freely moving fluid. This can create an unnatural feel or look in many patients. The ideal implant model may be superior due to its double lumen structure, with a series of shells of increasing size that are nested together. This provides a much more natural movement of the saline fluid, and can contribute to the internal support of the implant.

Studies And Future

The device has been studied clinically for the past two years, and is currently undergoing a 10 year clinical trial to evaluate its effectiveness and safety as a means of breast augmentation. Over 500 women are enrolled in the study, which will continue for the next eight years. Current test results show that ideal implants carry lower levels of wrinkling, higher overall levels of satisfaction, and currently no major health risks. Many surgeons are interested in the new device, and once the studies have confirmed it to be safe, will likely offer it as an option in breast enhancement surgery.

The newly developed “Ideal Implant” is still faced with rigorous testing before it can be released to the public, but its current records are promising. Women who are seeking a saline implant will be interested in seeing the more natural qualities of this implant, which is comparable to that of existing silicone implants, but with a lesser degree of potential risk.