Are lightweight implants the future of breast augmentation?

Are lightweight implants the future of breast augmentation?
Are lightweight implants the future of breast augmentation?

For many years, the only two options when it came to breast augmentation were silicone and saline implants. Over the years, medical professionals have added very few new methods to this procedure, including cohesive silicone gel implantation and autologous fat transfer, which is still undergoing clinical research. While doctors are reluctant to adopt new materials that have not yet been approved by the FDA, two brothers from Israel have claimed that their new approach to breast enhancement may change the game for everyone.

Brothers create new option for breast surgery
A plastic surgeon and a biomedical engineer have teamed up to create a breast implant that may weigh up to 30 percent less than traditional implants currently in use. According to Israel 21c, the two men claim the product is the world's first lightweight option available on the market. The developers told the source that the new product was designed with comfort in mind, and it would be on par with currently used implants in terms of quality and safety. However, the brothers have yet to conduct a large trial to test the new material's impact on the human body, and the technology has yet to be approved by the FDA.

According to the news article, the new implants would use silicone gel filling that has tiny microspheres within the mixture. The beads are filled with air, reducing the overall weight of the product. Currently, the brothers claim they have only used medically safe materials, the safety of the ingredients has not yet been confirmed. Several countries have begun to conduct clinical trials in order to examine the effect the implants may have on the body. The technology will first roll out on the European market, then may make its way to Israel based on the results of the studies. The brothers hope to move into the U.S., but the article explained that the process may take up to seven years.

FDA approved materials that have been proven effective
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, silicone implants have proven to be the most popular, with 72 percent of patients receiving this type of breast augmentation in 2012. However, this has not always been the case. In 2006, an estimated 81 percent of breast implants were saline. Silicone has now become the most popular choice for breast augmentation, but patients should discuss options with their doctors prior to deciding upon the perfect material. Many factors are taken into effect when choosing the perfect filling, including age, desires and medical history.