The No Spin Live panel discusses Allergan’s recently approved Inspira 2 implant. Science and research continue to develop new tech for surgeons to use in unique applications, and the Inspira line is no different.
While new implants and choices is never a bad thing, the panel of surgeons reminds viewers that new technology will not guarantee a great result. As it was when there existed only one implant, great results depend on a great surgeon who performs a great procedure.
WILLIAM P. ADAMS JR., MD: You know, it used to be in the United States you couldn’t get a breast implant approved if you had a presidential pardon. In the past couple of years, we’ve had hundreds of breast implants approved – and just last week – Allergan reported that they had their soft-touch Inspira line of breast implants approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Jason, what does this mean for patients?
JASON POZNER, MD: Let’s just clarify this a little bit. So we’ve been using Inpira 1’s for about a year now, right? And then they had approved Inspira 3, which had the gel that was in the form stable implant. So this is now an Inspira 2 that’s approved that’s somewhere between the two. I think it’s great. It’s more choices for us, more choices for the patients. And I think perhaps this will be for the patient that was rippling with some of the other implants, and they didn’t really want as hard an implant as the form stable implant, so I think this is something that’s an intermediate implant for all of this.
DAN DEL VECCHIO, MD: There’s no implant that’s going to save you for a badly done, badly planned operation. I think that, for patients, they need to understand that it is not the implant that’s going to get you the result, it’s the surgeon. You could probably get a better result, Bill, with smooth, round gel implants 100% of the time against any other surgeon who is using textured or high-tech device. At the end of the day, it’s about the surgical technique.
ADAMS: Do you feel like it’s just more choices or do you really think it’s going to be something that’s going to develop and implant people use more?
TIFFANY MCCORMACK: It’s a little bit of both. I think the more options, the better. I like having a lot of options at my fingertips as opposed to when I came out of residency and it as smooth, round saline implants, period. So I do like having more options available but at the same time I have to agree with Dan. It’s more about the surgeon you choose and technique than the particular implant. You’re not going to get a slam-dunk result because you chose one over another. But when you raelly refine your techniques, probably as you guys can attest to when looking at revision surgery and maybe someone who presents with a lot of rippling with a particular type of implant. Sometimes you can change that and use a different kind without having to do much more fat grafting or something else for a different result.\
ADAMS: Those are all really good comments. I think that we always talk about tissue-based planning and using measurements and other things to select the implant that fits the breast, but this may add one additional characteristic that we’ll custom to any individual patient to give them a better result. I think it’s a good thing to have the choices and I agree with everything you guys said.