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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.

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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.

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How does the IDEAL IMPLANT work?

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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.

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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.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Valued Patients,

We look forward to seeing you and are open as of Friday, May 29th as approved by the governor. There are some temporary changes at the office due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Current requirements for guests for treatment at CAPS include the following:

  • You will be asked some basic screening questions when you make your appointment:
    • Do you have a fever, cough or headache today or within the past two weeks?
    • To the best of your knowledge, have you or anyone in your family been exposed to COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks?
    • Have you traveled outside of the country in the past month?
  • Your temperature (touchless) will be taken upon arrival. A temperature above 100 degrees will necessitate rescheduling your appointment until a later date.
  • All of our guests will be required to wear a mask to enter the office.
  • No children in the reception area.
  • Extra visitors are limited to 1.

What we are doing to keep you and our team safe at CAPS:

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided outside of the main entrance and throughout the office.
  • We will require social distancing in the office and our large reception area will be limited to 2-3 guests at a time.
  • All hard surfaces in the office will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day including: door handles, front desk, tables, desks, equipment and restrooms.
  • All team members will be wearing masks and will be screened every morning before work including temperature.
  • All treatment providers will be wearing masks and gloves.
  • As always, treatment providers will wash hands before and after each patient visit and change gloves between each patient.
  • All equipment in treatment rooms will be thoroughly sanitized between each patient visit.
  • We are installing an I-Wave ionization system to our HVAC system which continuously purifies the air killing bacteria and viruses as it circulates the air throughout the office.
  • Virtual consultations with Dr. Ringler and our treatment providers will remain available as well as in-person consultations.
  • Magazines and brochures will not be available in the office for the time being but are available virtually online.
  • Only bottled water is available for our guests at this time.

Thank you for your understanding. Our patient and team safety and well-being is our top concern.

Dr. Steven Ringler & the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery Team

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