News 9 MD: New Ideal breast implants

Published: Dec. 1, 2016 at 1:27 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 2, 2016 at 9:28 AM EST
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DALLAS (Ivanhoe Newswire/WTVM) -- Approximately four percent of American women get breast implants. That's one in 26. Last year the FDA approved a new type of implant which some providers say is the best of two worlds, the safety of saline and the feel of silicone.

Deb Newton wants implants, but isn't comfortable with silicone, with the possibility of ruptures, or saline, which she says doesn't feel natural.

Newton says, "It's scary to walk around and have something that could be going on inside. I'd just rather stay away from that. And then there are the water balloons if you want to call them that."

The 36-year-old business woman chooses the ideal breast implant; a new FDA-approved saline implant with chambers to keep it firm.

"It's basically a structured breast implant that feels natural, like a silicone implant; however it gives you the reassurance of being filled with saline," explains Zachary Farris, M.D., FACS, a plastic cosmetic surgeon based in Dallas, Texas. "It maintains its contour really well; it doesn't collapse as much as the other implants do. It has low edges, it fits well onto the chest wall and it has lower collapse and contraction rates compared to other implants."

Newton says, "It's combining the two things, the natural look and feel, with the safety component, which has never been an option."

Newton tries different cup sizes and gets a complete briefing.  The successful surgery took place a few weeks later.

"Who doesn't want to look good, and why not?  If it's there and you have the means and it's available, absolutely," says Newton.

Ideal implants cost about $1,500 a pair plus surgical costs, which can $6,000 to $10,000, depending on your provider.

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