Now available at the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery, the IDEAL® Structured Breast Implant combines natural feel with the safety of only saline inside for peace of mind.
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Ideal Structured Breast Implants Grand Rapids MI
The IDEAL IMPLANT has undergone 10 years of development and refinement, including contributions of clinical expertise from many plastic surgeons. The result is the FDA-approved IDEAL IMPLANT, with the natural feel that women want, but without any silicone gel.
The IDEAL IMPLANT has a series of implant shells nested together and two separate chambers that hold the saline. This simple, yet innovative, internal structure is designed to control movement of the saline and support the implant edges to reduce folding and wrinkling. In addition, the edges have been lowered to better fit the natural curve of the chest wall. This unique design allows women to have the best of both worlds with their implant – a natural look and feel, but the ability to just look in a mirror and know the implant is intact.
“I picked Dr Ringler based on excellent reviews as well as his professionalism. Today, many surgeons are still quite biased towards silicone implants, so it was important for me to find a surgeon who genuinely supported the benefits of an ideal implant (my #1 choice). I also have a strong preference for the transaxillary incision, which Dr Ringler specializes in. :) Dr Ringler and his staff are GEMS! One day post op and I had already gone back to most normal activities, I only took Tylenol and Motrin the first 5 days, and nothing ever since. I am so in love with the work Dr Ringler did for me! It is 100% exactly what I asked for and I am SO grateful to have been able to work with Ringler and his amazing staff. The communication between myself and Dr Ringler’s staff was phenomenal the entire time. I worked closely with Lauren B (patient coordinator) who felt like a friend in my corner from day one and was generally such a sweetheart. Everyone, everyone, everyone along the way has been so kind and helpful in answering any questions and staying on top of everything (pre and post op) and I’m so thankful. Thank you for all you do!”
“Amazing experience all the way from initial consult to post-op for my Ideal Breast Augmentation with Dr. Ringler! His staff is great and so helpful too. Dr. Ringler really listened to what I wanted for my breast implant procedure outcome. I am a 40 year old mom to four kids so I had some concerns. The post-op care could not have been better either – very caring and thoughtful to all my needs. Love my new breasts. Could not be happier – thank you, thank you Dr. Ringler!”
“I have been a frequent visitor of this site, ever since the beginning of May of this year, but I have looked on here many times before. Like many, I was ridiculed for my size. I wanted nothing more than to have big boobs (or at least, bigger!) growing up. I remember wanting my period to start so that I could start to look more feminine, even tho I grew up a tomboy. It was something I became obsessed with for many years growing up. My fiancee has always says he loves them how they are, and he has made me feel more beautiful than I feel I deserve at times...”
“I have wanted a breast augmention ever since I was 18. I never thought I would ever get the courage to actually do it, but after meeting with Dr Ringler I couldn't have felt any more comfortable. He answered all of my questions and made me not only comfortable to undergo the procedure, but SO very excited!...”
What is the IDEAL IMPLANT and what makes it different?
The IDEAL IMPLANT® is a structured saline-filled breast implant with an innovative patented-design that gives it a natural feel without silicone gel. The IDEAL IMPLANT has a revolutionary new technology that offers women the look and feel of a silicone gel implant, but with the safety of only saline inside. This technology eliminates the concern women have with silicone gel implants: that of ruptures that are silent and require an MRI scan for detection. With the IDEAL IMPLANT, a woman can simply look in the mirror each day and have the confidence of knowing her implants are intact.
Who is the IDEAL IMPLANT candidate?
Any woman who wants an implant with a natural feel, but does not want silicone gel in her body, may chose the IDEAL IMPLANT. This implant is for the many women who would be concerned about the high 10-year rate of undetected, silent ruptures of silicone gel implants inside their body, and the inconvenience of the FDA-recommended MRI scans every 2 years to detect ruptures.
How does the IDEAL IMPLANT work?
A Comprehensive, Personalized Approach
Is the IDEAL IMPLANT round or tear-drop shaped?The IDEAL IMPLANT has a unique internal structure that minimizes the “bouncing,” “scalloping” and “wrinkling”. The internal structure consists of a series of implant shells nested together and two separate chambers that hold saline.
This simple, yet innovative, internal structure is designed to control movement of the saline and support the implant edges to reduce wrinkling. In addition, the edges have been lowered to better fit the natural curve of the chest wall. When held upright, the internal structure supports the upper portion of the implant to prevent collapsing. The amount of saline used to fill the implant can be adjusted to correct for differences in the size of a woman’s breasts.
The IDEAL IMPLANT is round, so rotation does not affect its appearance, whereas tear-drop shaped implants appear abnormal if they rotate. In addition, the IDEAL IMPLANT was designed to conform to the natural curve of the chest wall, with the edges low and closer to the ribs, and to have a shape that is youthful. The result is an augmented breast that looks and feels natural, without the risk of undetected silicone gel rupture.
How many women have had the implant? Is it safe?
A U.S. clinical trial began in February 2009 and included more than 500 women who had the IDEAL IMPLANT for primary breast augmentation or replacement of existing augmentation implants. The follow-up is over 10 years. Based on the safety profile and positive results, the FDA and Health Canada approved IDEAL IMPLANT in November 2014.
What will my breast incision be like with the implant?
Dr. Ringler is the only Grand Rapids plastic surgeon specializing in a surgical technique that offers women the option of breast enlargement without any visible breast scar; the transaxillary breast augmentation. This procedure utilizes a small incision in the armpit through which a saline-filled implant is inserted. The small scar is hidden in an inconspicuous place and is very hard to detect several months later. With this technique, there may be less swelling and bruising than in some other approaches, thus offering patients a quicker and less painful recovery.
This one-hour procedure may allow some patients to achieve a natural result with a minimal scar. For women who are interested in breast enhancement with no visible breast scar, this procedure may be an excellent option.
For more information about IDEAL breast implants, please call 616.328.8800 or contact the office of Grand Rapids plastic surgeon Dr. Steven L. Ringler at the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery.