Allergan vs. Sientra vs. Mentor vs. Ideal Implants? What's the Difference?
What's the difference between Allergan, Sientra, Mentor and Ideal Implants? What are the pros and cons of each one?
Allergan, Sientra, and Mentor are the three main companies that offer the full range of breast implants in the United States, including silicone and saline breast implants of all different sizes and shapes. All implants offered by these companies go through rigorous testing and are all FDA approved for use. While each company touts their implants as being of the highest quality with the lowest complication rates (eg. rate of rupture and capsular contracture, among others), the fact is that the implants from the three companies are all comparable. Surgeons generally choose which implants they will use based upon price, customer support, and relationships with the companies.
Ideal Implant is a newcomer to the industry and offers a uniquely designed saline implant. The implant has a two chambered system, which has an inner shell with holes encased by an outer shell. The saline within the implant can travel from inside the inner shell chamber to the chamber between the inner and outer shells through these holes. This is distinct from regular saline implants which only has one chamber so the saline cannot move but can rather only be compressed. This baffled system which enables the saline to move back and forth between the inner and outer chambers gives the saline implant a soft feel similar to a silicone implant. The implant is a good option for patients who do not want to have silicone implants.
Dr. Gary Breslow has 32 Breast augmentation, Breast lift before & afters: