Making Gel Augmentation Easier and Better
Silicone gel breast implants are growing in popularity because of their natural look and feel. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, more silicone gel implant procedures are performed than saline. In our practice at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre & Medical Spa, our plastic surgeons recommend gel implants because of the high degree of patient satisfaction.
The Keller Funnel, designed by a plastic surgeon, makes the placement or insertion of gel implants easier. This reduces risks and the potential for long term implant rupture. At LJC, we have now used the Keller Funnel in more than 600 breast procedures.
What Are the Advantages of the Keller Funnel?
Using the Keller Funnel during breast procedures enables surgeons to make smaller incisions. Depending your anatomy, the delivery tool also gives surgeons the ability to place the incision either around the nipple (periareolar) or under the breast fold (inframammary). The Funnel’s specific advantages include:
- Shorter incisions (and thereby shorter scars)
- A no-touch technique
- Reduced risk of contamination and infection
- Reduced tissue trauma (and so less bruising) due to less force on the implant
- Improved comfort and faster healing
- Less damage to the gel implant wall
Our experience at LJC confirms these benefits. Feel free to speak to your surgeon about the possible use of the Keller Funnel during your breast procedure.
Watch a Video of Implants Placed using the Keller Funnel
Watch the Keller Funnel Explained on The Doctors TV
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is the Keller Funnel?
The Funnel is a soft, sterile, cone-shaped device made from plastic that assists in the delivery of silicone gel implants during breast procedures. It’s a “no touch” technique that prevents potential contamination. It was introduced in 2009, shortly after silicone gels were re-approved by the FDA.
How & Why Is the Keller Funnel Used?
Your surgeon places the implant inside the funnel, and then places the smaller end of the funnel into the prepared breast pocket, and easily squeezes the implant into place. Surgeons experienced in using the Keller Funnel report that the device employs a no-touch delivery technique; decreases surgery time; limits local stress on the implant shell that may lead to rupture; reduces incision lengths; and lessens trauma to patient tissue.
Does the Keller Funnel Work With All Types of Gel Implants?
The Keller Funnel works with all brands of silicone implants.
For more information:
- Refer to Dr. Brahme’s report for American Health & Beauty in August 2010.
- Get more information from the Keller Medical, Inc. website: www.kellerfunnel.com.