Year after year, the most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S. is breast augmentation. At my Fairfield, CT, practice, I perform hundreds of breast augmentations each year, but no procedure is ever “routine.” I make it a priority to provide my patients with customized care and the most advanced and innovative techniques available.
In order to make breast augmentation safer and to create better outcomes, I use the Keller funnel. This device allows me to place silicone gel breast implants using a “no-touch” technique. The device is similar to a pastry bag. The sterile implant is carefully placed inside the funnel, then I apply pressure to squeeze the implant through the funnel and into the breast pocket through a small incision. Using the Keller Funnel provides many benefits:
- More precise implant placement: The Keller Funnel’s simple design allows me to better visualize and control the delivery of the implant. Insertion without the device is more invasive and requires more tissue manipulation.
- Reduced risk of implant contamination: With this technique, the surgeon never touches the implant, nor does the implant come in contact with your skin. Regardless of how sterile the operating room is, these touchpoints pose some risk of bacteria getting on the shell of the implant. The Keller Funnel eliminates that risk.
- Smaller incisions: Silicone implants are pre-filled, so the larger the implant, the larger the incision needs to be. This device allows silicone implants to be placed through smaller incisions than would typically be needed. It is a great option for women who are prone to scarring or those who are concerned with the appearance of scars.
- Additional implant placement options: The precision and control of the Keller Funnel enables me to offer more implant placement options than traditional techniques.
- Shorter surgery time: The Keller Funnel can cut down on surgery time. With the device, the implant placement can take as little as 30 seconds.
- Reduced risk of capsular contracture: Capsular contracture is a complication that develops when internal scar tissue forms a tight capsule around the breast implant. This causes the implant to become misshapen and hard. Studies support a reduced risk of this complication when a surgeon uses the Keller Funnel.
To see the kind of results I achieve for my patients using the Keller Funnel for breast augmentation, visit our before-and-after gallery. This can give you a good idea of what to expect from your breast augmentation.