Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Keller Funnel Makes Breast Implant Insertion Easier and Less Painful

by Robert N. Young, MD, FACS
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Having just returned from the cosmetic meeting in Miami, it was exciting to have a first-hand introduction of a new device that makes breast augmentation easier.

The Keller Funnel is a cone shaped device which aides in the placement of silicone breast implants, allowing for smaller incisions and less rubbing as the implant is being inserted. The funnel minimizes trauma to breast tissue, and puts less stress on the implant itself. Because the cone is lined with a special lubricant coating that when moistened makes the funnel extremely slippery, silicone implants (which are pre-filled at the desired size) can easily be inserted without the surgeon ever having to touch the implant. 

What is exciting is that in addition to the standard nipple incision long used for silicone implants, it now allows silicone implants to more easily be inserted through the armpit, which is exciting news for patients who are concerned about scarring on their breasts.  Many of my patients have avoided silicone implants because they did not want incision scars that would be visible on their breasts.  Patients who want no breast scarring often choose the transaxillary incision, which is made in the armpit and leaves a tiny scar that is virtually impossible to see once healed. The transaxillary procedure can be preformed with or without the help of an endoscope (a tube with a small surgical camera on the end). Up to now, saline implants were the primary choice for the armpit incision, because of the distance from the incision to the breast pocket. With the Keller Funnel, silicone implants can more easily be inserted through the armpit.

Even more exciting is that with use of the Keller Funnel, silicone breast implants can be placed  either below the muscle or subfascially.  The subfascial insertion allows for faster recovery times and much less pain, which is the primary post-op complaint.  I am able to achieve outstanding results with an armpit incision using the Keller Funnel and placing the implants below the fascia.  My patients now have even more reason to consider the choice of silicone breast implants with the introduction of this great new invention.

For more information about the Keller Funnel, visit the following links:
1) theplasticsurgerychannel.com
2) http://www.kellerfunnel.com/

I'm happy to discuss how this new procedure can benefit your Breast Augmentation surgery with me.  If you would like to contact me, please visit my website dr-youngforever.com  or  e-mail Dr. Young.