There are several different kinds of breast implant materials for patients to choose from. Some are filled with silicone, a gel-like substance that many believe mimics the feel of natural breasts, while others are filled with saline, a sterile salt water substance that can be used on patients as young as 18 years of age. Each has its own set of pros and cons, and depending on the patient’s individual preference as well as body frame size, one may be a better choice over the other.

MemoryShape Implants Approved by FDA

Breast augmentation surgery has certainly come a long way over the years as innovative treatments become available, catering to different body types and cosmetic goals. But now, a revolutionary new type of implant is ready for use in the U.S. and may offer patients a whole new perspective on breast enhancement.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has just approved MemoryShape Breast Implants for use in the United States, which promises a more “natural look and youthful firmness” for patients. The revolutionary implants, created by Mentor Worldwide LLC, have already been around for over a decade but this is the first time they have become approved in the United States.

Composed of a special silicone cohesive gel, the MemoryShape implants are unique in many ways. Unlike traditional round breast implants, MemoryShape Breast Implants have a teardrop shape, making giving them a gentle slope that resembles that of a natural breast. And unlike other silicone gel implants, MemoryShape Breast Implants also feature SILTEX® Texture, which allows them to be held firmly in place so patients don’t have to worry about their implants moving or changing shape. Breast implants can either have a smooth or textured shell surface. Textured surfaces are better when choosing teardrop shaped implants, which are heavier toward the bottom and have a greater chance of shifting than round breast implants, which are uniform in shape and can better hold their position.

Approval for the implants comes after a trial examined 955 patients who received the MemoryShape implants throughout a six year period. According to the FDA, the data from the study provides “reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness for this implant.” However, approval for use in the U.S. is provided on the condition that Mentor monitor the women who have these implants and research possible long-term effects.

Women 22 years of age and older can get MemoryShape Breast Implants now for either breast augmentation or breast reconstruction purposes.

For women under 22 years of age, Mentor offers a similar option called MemoryGel Breast Implants. These implants are an option for women as young as 18 years of age because they are made of a special saline cohesive gel. MemoryGel Breast Implants may be better for women who would like a wider range of options for their implants, such as texture and size. These implants are available in both smooth and textured surfaces and in four profile options: Moderate, Moderate Plus, High and Ultra High Profile so patients can control the shape and size of their implants.

To find out if MemoryShape is right for you, contact Dr. David Shafer today for a free consultation.