According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation using silicone implants is one of the top 5 most popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States. Technological advancements are constantly improving, and these developments are revolutionizing plastic surgery, as well as the methods in which certain procedures are performed.
At Synergy Plastic Surgery, our state-of-the-art surgery centers are AAAASF certified, and one of these developments our board-certified plastic surgeons utilize is the Keller Funnel®®! The Keller Funnel®® is an FDA-approved device that utilizes a no touch technique which allows the insertion of silicone implants to be faster, easier, and safer. Here we will discuss this development in detail, along with 5 benefits of utilizing the Keller Funnel®® during a breast augmentation with silicone implants!
Shorter Procedure & Recovery Length
As previously stated, the Keller Funnel®® is a device approved by the FDA to assist our board-certified plastic surgeons in effectively placing silicone gel implants into the breast pocket. The device essentially looks a lot like a piping bag (the kind used for baking), but without the tip used for frosting. During your surgery, your surgeon uses the Keller Funnel® by inserting the soft, narrow tip of the device into the incision.
Without this device, a plastic surgeon would need to place silicone implants using their fingertips, which can take more time. Thankfully, the Keller Funnel® makes this process faster and easier – cutting down your procedure time while expediting your recovery.
Smaller Incision & Faster Healing
During your surgery, your board certified will make an incision located in the crease of your breast, also known as an inframammary incision. The Keller Fennel allows your plastic surgeon to create an even smaller, more precise incision to place the tip of the Keller Funnel® inside. The Keller Funnel® is also equipped with a slick inner coating which allows the implant to slide into position within the breast pocket.
Since the incision made using the Keller Funnel® only needs to accommodate the tip of the device, it’s smaller than the incision made during traditional breast augmentation surgery. A smaller incision leads to a smaller scar after surgery and, in turn, results in faster healing along with less post-operative pain.
Less Implant Stress
As previously mentioned, the slick coating of the Keller Funnel® allows our board-certified plastic surgeons to insert and position the implants quickly and easily. This slick coating allows the implant to slide in while using less pressure. This means that the silicone implants will endure less stress and are therefore less likely to be weakened during the procedure. The preservation of the implants durability allows the Keller Funnel® to extend the life of an silicone implant, while making it less likely to rupture!
Lower Risk of Infection
Without a Keller Funnel®, plastic surgeons use their fingertips to place the implant through the incision into the breast pocket during a traditional breast augmentation. However, thanks to the Keller Funnel®, breast enhancement surgery at Synergy Plastic Surgery is now more sterile, thus lowering the risk of implant contamination, which can lead to an infection.
According to the National Institute of Health, capsular contracture can be caused by pocket contamination. The journal states, “this contamination causes a biofilm that leads to capsular contracture. The intraoperative use of a Keller Funnel® is a mechanical way to decrease the implant’s contact with the skin and ducts, reducing bacterial contamination that can cause these biofilms”. Therefore, it has been proven that the Keller Funnel® lowers a patients risk of developing capsular contracture. This is when the scar tissue that forms around the implant creates a capsule that hardens and squeezes the implant, causing stiffness and pain. Capsular contracture can even lead to the early rupture of your implants.
If you’re ready to move forward with your breast augmentation surgery with silicone implants, rest assured that, at Synergy Plastic Surgery, you’ll find the right combination of talent and technology for achieving the best in cosmetic enhancement. Women in Austin, Texas, considering breast augmentation choose Synergy Plastic Surgery because our board-certified plastic surgeons create full, feminine, natural-looking results. Schedule your complimentary consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeons, where they will help you understand the advantages of each breast implant option and the various surgical techniques they use. Their expertise helps patients determine the combination that’s best suited for their bodies and cosmetic goals! Call (512) 244-1444 and unlock your Synergy Experience today!