The difference that Mentor MemoryShape implants offer that other breast implants don’t is their unique teardrop shape and tapered appearance. Unlike round breast implants, MemoryShape implants are thinner at the top and slope gently to form a fuller projection point near the bottom of the implant. This mimics the silhouette of a natural breast. Every MemoryShape implant features the SILTEX® texture, which is a gentle imprinting process that covers the implant. This small amount of friction caused by the special texturing is designed to keep the implant in place while not causing any discomfort.
What gives the MemoryShape breast implant its cohesive nature is the amount of cross-linking within the silicone gel. The implant itself contains more cross-linking compared to Mentor’s other approved implant. Cross-linking refers to the bonds that connect one silicone chain to another. Because of this, the MemoryShape implant is firmer and relies less on the shell to retain its shape. It can be molded accordingly for a more natural look and feel.
The FDA is requiring a series of post-approval studies to be done to assess the long-term safety and effectiveness of the implant. Five studies of 10,750 women will be conducted in order to evaluate the potential connection between breast implants that consist of silicone gel and rare side effects. These continued studies, among other FDA required evaluations, should make the MemoryShape implant one of the safest choices for patients looking to use them for a breast augmentation or reconstruction procedure.
Any questions or concerns regarding the MemoryShape implants or the breast augmentation procedure can be answered by Dr. Hans Kuisle or Dr. Winfield Hartley at Boulder Plastic Surgery. Their office can be reached by calling (303) 443-2277 or visiting 2525 4th Street in Boulder, Colorado.