A new type of breast implant called ImpLite, which is said to not ripple, leak or rupture, is currently being developed in Israel. Unlike traditional implants that are filled with saline or silicone, ImpLite implants are filled with medical-grade gas-essentially air.
The developer says ImpLite leads to less rippling and sagging because the volume stays defined by the implant’s “inner skeleton,” which is made up of multiple compartments. Traditional implants use fillers that are susceptible to gravity: they flow to the lower part of the implant, leaving the upper area empty, ultimately causing waves in the shell.
Currently there are two ImpLite lines: one for full breast reconstruction following a mastectomy and the other for use in lumpectomy patients. Both types, as well as a version for augmentations, are not yet available in the US, but may be in the next few years. However, the long-term safety and reliability of these implants has yet to be proven.
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