5 Tips For Choosing The Perfect Breast Implants:
Part V: Breast Implant Manufacturers
There are countless choices around getting beautiful breast augmentation. It's important for women to perform their due diligence on research before scheduling consultations with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Whether you're considering saline-filled implants or silicone gel implants, there are 3 reputable manufacturers in the United States that produce high-quality FDA-approved devices: Allergan, Mentor, and Sientra. Choosing the right manufacturer depends on both the breast implant itself and the warranty. Other factors to consider are various “perks” that come when committing to a specific brand for the type, size, and style you desire. This blog is the final installment of a 5 part series for choosing the perfect breast implants. To learn more about finding the perfect pair for you, check out these blogs:
Part 1: saline versus silicone
Part 2: smooth versus textured breast implants
Part 3: round versus anatomic implants
Part 4: breast implant profiles
Allergan is one of the world’s leading breast implant manufacturers, offering patients a wide range of classic choices. They are known for their Natrelle collection of breast implants which come in two varieties, made up of smooth surface saline and silicone breast implants.
The popularity of Allergan’s breast implants comes from their affordability and diverse portfolio. The company offers a robust selection, including 5 profiles and 3 gel consistencies (Inspira, Soft Touch, and Cohesive). Patients enjoy the company's competitive warranty that covers patient complications such as implant ruptures and capsular contracture.
The combination of safe results and fair pricing makes them a coveted choice for many women. Allergan's ongoing research and development have managed to stay ahead of emerging trends while remaining vigilant when it comes to patient and device safety. In 2019 the company recalled their textured breast implants after the FDA linked textured implants to a rare type of lymphoma called BIA-ALCL.
Patients also choose Natrelle breast implants because of their rewards program. Patients can opt in to a complimentary rewards program called Alle where they can choose between a wide variety of Allergan services or products including Botox® Cosmetic, and/or Juvederm dermal filler.If you're looking for an experienced breast implant manufacturer with consistent access to the latest technologies, Allergan Natrelle gel implants are an excellent option.Allergan Natrelle Implants
Before & After Breast Implants by Dr. John Burns
Mentor Johnson & Johnson
Mentor, the second leading breast implant manufacturer specializing in breast augmentation and breast reconstructions, was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2009. It is well known for its silicone and saline options, offering an aesthetic experience that many women appreciate. Since launching in 1983, Mentor has served more than two million patients around the world. Like Allergan, Mentor offers a wide range of devices with 3 styles and 9 profiles with a softer feel. Mentor also makes saline breast implants. Mentor offers a competitive warranty. Mentor partners with ASPIRE rewards program to offer discounts on Galderma products like Dysport and Restylane.Mentor Implants
Sientra is a newer manufacturer of silicone breast implants. In 2012, Sientra received FDA approval to offer shaped silicone breast implants that are designed to provide a more natural-looking chest after surgery. They are popular and seem to enjoy a “cult” following among some surgeons. In my opinion, Sientra implants feel the firmest as the silicone elastomer coat feels thicker. Sientra devices come in 6 profiles: low, low plus, moderate, moderate plus, high, and extra high profiles. Keep in mind, at this time Sientra does not offer an option for saline breast implants but does offer textured surfaces as an option.
Sientra was the first company to offer a capsular contracture warranty and has a robust warranty that competes with Allergan and Mentor manufacturers. Because they are a smaller company, they don't yet offer the rewards like that of Allergan and Mentor. Overall, because of its long history of performance, durability and innovation, Sientra continues to be an industry leader in the top 4 manufacturers.Sientra Implants
Finding The Perfect Pair For You
Most plastic surgeons have a preference based upon their experience and comfort levels with the different devices and companies. Discussion with your board-certified plastic surgeon will provide clarity and help you make the best choice.
Properly preparing for your breast implant surgery involves plenty of research, as there are many factors to take into consideration. One of the most important decisions you make when it comes to selecting your breast implants is to your choice for plastic surgeon. Always review your surgeon's work, and patient reviews. Be sure to ask about the surgery center certifications and vet out your surgeon's anesthesia team. You should also be able to communicate openly with your plastic surgeon's staff about any questions or needs you may have before, during and after your procedure.
Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation
If you're ready to find your perfect pair, you can schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Burns here. During your time with Dr. Burns, you will review your goals, experience a virtual "try on" of breast implants using your photos and Crisalix 3D technology, and receive a personalized treatment plan so you can make a rapid recovery to enjoy the breasts you've been dreaming of.Complimentary Consult
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