Choosing the Right Breast Implant—Silicone, Saline or “Structured?”

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No matter what reason spurred the decision to pursue breast augmentation, deciding on
which implant type presents one of the more difficult choices women have to make,
once they embark on the surgical route to breast vitalization. While all breast implants
are made out of an inert polymer named silicone, deciding on the contents
within—silicone gel or saline solution—has long stirred up the most internal debate. But
there is a newer, third option women should be considering as well. That is, Ideal
Implant® Structured Breast Implants that maneuver the flow of saline to better mimic
the natural feel and look of breast tissue.

Silicone Versus Saline

Silicone gel implants are favored by many women because their limited viscosity tends
to offer the most natural look and realistic feel they are seeking in their revitalized
breasts. But, while deemed safe by the FDA, a 14-year ban on their use that ended in
2006 put a stigma on them that makes some women leery of them to this day. They are
also considered problematic because their gel-like substance is not naturally absorbed
into the body, which means that ruptures and leakage may not be easily noticed.
That said, the safety profile of silicone implants—the most widely studied medical
device in history—has remained positive since their re-introduction in 2006, with the
market for silicone implants steadily improving to the point that the two currently have
roughly equal overall market share.
Saline breast implants have long held a better perceived safety profile than silicone gel,
but their aesthetic reputation is marred by the perception that they may not adequately
replicate the natural look and feel of real breasts. And, because the saline implants
have more liquidity than silicone, they are more prone to temporary misshaping such as
folding or wrinkling around the breast edges. However, the amount of saline within the
implants can be adjusted during surgery to better tailor the outcome of breast symmetry
and size.

Structured Breast Implants Provide a Newer Option

Women now have a third option to consider when deciding on which breast
augmentation implant option will best meet their needs. “Structured” breast implants
utilize internal channels and baffling to restrict the flow and potential sloshing of saline
solution through the implant to better simulate the feel of natural breast tissue. Ideal
Implant® Structured Breast Implants represent next-generation technology that provides the realistic look and natural feel of breast tissue, but with the perceived safety profile offered by saline implants. Clinically tested since 2009 and approved by the FDA in 2014, Ideal Implants® offer a unique solution to meet both the aesthetic and health-related goals of women seeking to enhance their self-image through breast augmentation.

Natural Feel is a Result of Innovative Design

Ideal Implant® Structured Breast Implants were designed specifically by a plastic
surgeon to bridge the differences between saline and silicone implants, while also
offering the best possible safety profile. The innovative “structured” design includes a
series of implant shells nested together in two different chambers holding the saline.
Depending upon implant size, the shells may also include baffles to further inhibit fluid
movement. This internal structure controls the movement of the saline solution to
prevent implant folding and wrinkling around the edges. Ideal Implants are also specially contoured to match the natural curve of the chest wall, and, due to the internal structure, are less prone to rupture and subsequent deflation. If breakage does occur, the saline is naturally absorbed by the body, though the shell will need to be surgically removed and replaced.


Dr. Gardner is one of the few qualified cosmetic surgeons offering Ideal Implants® in
the Naples, Florida area. With years of breast augmentation experience and a
reputation for cosmetic artistry, Dr. Gardner is pleased to add this innovative implant to
his practice. The doctor will discuss the Ideal Implant® option along with other implant
options in his consultation with patients. Dr. Gardner offers various breast surgical
approaches, and may recommend combining implant surgery with other breast
enhancement procedures. To learn more about Ideal Implant® Structured Breast
Implants and Dr. Gardner’s long-standing breast enhancement surgery expertise,
contact Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial
consultation.

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Advanced Hair Restoration Technology

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Hair loss is a fact of life, as everyone naturally loses hair every day, from dozens of strands to a hundred and sometimes even more. While hair loss in men is almost considered a given, public awareness about the issue of female hair loss and female pattern baldness seems to be limited to those who might be experiencing it. And yet, the numbers of women experiencing hair loss or pattern balding has been significantly increasing in recent years.

Causes of Female Hair Loss and Female Pattern Baldness

There are a variety of factors that can cause female hair loss and female pattern baldness, with some causing permanent loss and others not, and some that can be remedied, while others cannot. Genetics can play a large role, with an estimated 30 million women subject to androgenetic alopecia, a hereditary condition that causes hair follicles to shrink and eventually quit growing all together. While noticeable loss through androgenetic alopecia usually shows up when women reach their 50s or 60s, it can arise at any age.

Other conditions that can bring on unusual female hair loss include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Dermatological conditions
  • Hormone or vitamin deficiencies
  • Certain over-the-counter and prescription medications
  • Extreme stress
  • Dramatic weight loss

Hair Restoration Options Provided by Gardner Plastic Surgery

With hair loss being such a devastating blow to a woman’s self confidence, Naples, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery offers its clients a number of hair restoration options, including NeoGraft®, which is considered one of the most advanced follicular unit extraction (FUE) techniques in the hair transplant industry. In fact, Dr. Paul Gardner is steering many of his patients towards the NeoGraft® procedure option due to its natural looking results, limited invasiveness and patient comfort.
The NeoGraft® Automated Hair Transplantation system uses pneumatic controls to precisely remove individual hair follicles, which are immediately implanted in any area on the scalp targeted for hair restoration. The system is the first and only FDA approved system for automated follicular unit harvesting and implantation, and considered a significant upgrade from traditional FUE methods. Other observed benefits from the NeoGraft® system is that it requires no stitches or staples; does not leave a linear scar; provides flexibility in hair style, long or short; and offers a much shorter recovery time, often as little as one day.

Other Hair Restoration Options

During your hair restoration consultation, Dr. Gardner will advise you of all other options offered by the practice, including:

    • Strip Harvesting
    • Flap Surgery
    • Scalp Reduction
    • Stem Cell Injections

Depending upon the amount of hair loss, and location of loss, some of these techniques are utilized together, but this can only be determined during the initial consultation. Whatever your hair restoration goals, Dr. Gardner has always strived to produce the best results possible, and is pleased to now offer this groundbreaking NeoGraft® system to his patients, along with the other hair restoration tools and techniques in his arsenal. To learn more about how Dr. Gardner can boost your confidence with hair restoration, contact Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.