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What about breast reconstruction with implants?


Your health and medical condition are important factors you and your surgeon will consider while deciding if you are a suitable candidate for breast reconstruction. Your doctor may also recommend breast implantation of the opposite, uninvolved breast in order to make them more alike, or he or she may suggest breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) or a breast lift (mastopexy) to improve the symmetry of your breasts.

MENTOR® Breast Implants Overview

Mentor has made breast implant devices for more than 25 years. Founded in 1969, Mentor is a leading supplier of medical products for the global aesthetic medicine market. The Company develops, manufactures and markets innovative, science-based products for aesthetics markets around the world. MENTOR® Breast Implants are for use in both breast augmentation and breast reconstruction and are of the highest quality, and made under strict standards of design and testing. Because of this, Mentor has achieved a tremendous level of respect in the medical community and is consistently recognized by physicians for outstanding product integrity. Headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, Mentor has manufacturing and research operations in the United States, Mauritius, France, and the Netherlands.

We offer two basic types: MemoryGel™ Breast Implants and Saline Breast Implants

Beautiful and Safe: MemoryGel™ Breast Implants:

Beautiful and Safe: MemoryGel™ Breast Implants

  • MemoryGel™ Implants have been successfully used and trusted for 25 years by millions of women worldwide. Why? Because our implants feel more like natural breast tissue — without compromising reliability or safety.
  • MemoryGel™ Implants come in either a textured or smooth surface shell and are available in a wide range of shape, sizes and profiles to fit your body.

  MemoryGel™ breast implant

We have cut a MemoryGel™ Breast Implant in half to demonstrate how the gel material holds together uniformly. MemoryGel™ Silicone Gel is a cohesive, gelatine-like substance that acts as a solid rather than a liquid, thereby maintaining its shape. The gel holds together uniformly, while retaining the natural "give" that resembles actual breast tissue. MemoryGel™ Breast Implants usually offer you a more natural look and feel. MemoryGel™ Breast Implants come with different levels of cohesion:

  • Cohesive I™, a soft-feeling gel;
  • Cohesive II™, a slightly firmer gel and;
  • Cohesive III™, a firm gel.

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Saline Breast Implants

Saline Breast Implants

Mentor’s superior saline-filled breast implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, profiles and surface textures. They are filled with a saltwater solution that is very similar to the fluid that makes up most of the human body. Saline implants are inserted into the body without fluid and then filled to the desired size during the operation through a fill-tube. When the fill-tube is removed, the implant automatically seals itself.

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Implant size and shape: You have lots of choices.

A common myth is that breast implants are measured in bra cup sizes. Not so. Breast implants are measured in cubic centimetres, or cc’s.

As a rule of thumb, the larger you want your cup size, the larger the breast implant your surgeon will consider. Because the size of the implant used depends on the size and shape of the individual woman’s chest, you should work with your doctor to determine the best size breast implant to reach your desired size.

Implant profile is just as important to your outcome as size

In addition to size and shape, breast implants are available in different profiles, or the amount of forward projection of the breast off of the chest wall.

Round or Contoured?

  • Round implants are available as MemoryGel™ Breast Implants or Saline-filled Breast Implants. Round implants are the most popular choiceMemoryGel™ Breast Implants come in a variety of profiles: Low, Moderate, Moderate Plus, High and Ultra High. Ultra High profile implants provide the greatest forward projection for a more prominent silhouette and are designed for a narrower chest area.
  • Contoured implants are also available as Gel-Filled Breast Implants or Saline-filled Breast Implants. The CPG™ Gel Breast Implant features a teardrop shape and can provide you with a more natural looking breast. They are often preferred by women who are looking for a gently sloping breast silhouette. CPG™ Gel Breast Implants are filled with the most cohesive gel to maintain the natural shape and come in different projections to maximize post-operative possibilities.
  • Mentor also offers you and your surgeon more innovative options, including both smooth and textured surfaces to help achieve the best match for your body…and your ultimate desired results.

Let’s compare your Mentor options. How do MemoryGel™ Breast Implants compare to Saline-filled Breast Implants?

MemoryGel™ Breast Implants
Unique benefits. Beautiful results.

Here’s a summary:

  • MemoryGel™ Implants made in the USA are FDA approved (round shape only) and CE-Marked.
  • Each implant is filled with Mentor’s proprietary cohesive gel. FDA approved Saline Breast Implants
  • The gel filler holds together uniformly and retains a natural give that resembles breast tissue.
  • The implants have a set fill volume for the most predictable results.
  • MemoryGel™ Implants come in five projection options: Low, Moderate, Moderate Plus, High and Ultra High Profile to give you just the look you want.
  • They are available in either round or contoured shape.
  • They come in two shell surface options: smooth and textured. The MENTOR® Textured Breast Implant surface is called SILTEX™ Texture.
  • Our implants are covered by Mentor Lifetime Replacement Policy and PatientSafe Coverage Limited Warranty.

Saline Breast Implants
Another quality choice from Mentor.

  • FDA approved and CE-Marked.
  • These implants are filled with a saltwater solution similar to the fluid that makes up most of the human body.
  • Saline Implants have a slightly firmer
    Round Moderate Profile
    Round Moderate Plus Profile
    Round High Profile
    SILTEX Texture
    Round Moderate Profile
    CONTOUR PROFILE Breast Implant, Moderate
    CONTOUR PROFILE Breast Implant, High
    feel than gel.
  • They have a flexible fill volume that can be adjusted by the surgeon during the procedure.
  • You can choose from three projection options: Moderate, Moderate Plus and High Profile; and two shell surface options: smooth and textured.
  • Our implants are covered by Mentor’s Lifetime Replacement Policy

Round SPECTRA™ Adjustable Gel Breast Implant
Perfection that adjusts

Spectra MENTOR® SPECTRA™ Adjustable Gel Implant offers all the advantages of a silicone gel breast implant with an adjustable saline inner-lumen that can be adjusted both intra- and post-operatively. By adding saline for increased projection, the soft feel of the gel does not change. These characteristics are unique in the market.

An innovative line of adjustable implants
MENTOR® SPECTRUM™ Post-Operatively Adjustable Saline Breast Implant

Often, one of the most difficult decisions for most women regarding breast augmentation afterMENTOR® SPECTRUM™ Post-Operatively Adjustable Saline Breast Implant reconstruction is choosing the breast size. Mentor’s innovative line of SPECTRUM™ Post-Operatively Adjustable Saline Breast Implants makes the process easier because the surgeon can adjust the size after surgery. In fact, SPECTRUM™ Post-Operatively Adjustable Saline Breast Implants are the only post-operatively adjustable Saline-filled Breast Implants that allow your doctor to adjust the size of your implant for up to six months after your procedure.

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The facts about the reconstruction procedure

Information and communication is essential when it comes to what may affect your particular implant procedure, your recovery and your results. Be sure to discuss each of these factors with your doctor:

  • The stage of development of the cancer when it was discovered
  • The follow-up treatment that you will require
  • Your overall health
  • Your chest structure and overall body shape
  • Your healing capabilities (which can be affected by smoking, alcohol and various medications)
  • Prior breast surgeries
  • Bleeding tendencies
  • Infections
  • Possible shifting of the implant
  • Scarring from the incision
  • Predisposition to develop a hardened capsule around the implant

A few facts

  • A reconstruction operation, when it begins at the same time as your mastectomy, is usually performed on an inpatient basis in an operating theatre.
  • Some of the stages, such as nipple reconstruction, or placement of the implant after soft tissue expansion, can be done as an outpatient procedure.
  • General anesthesia is most often used.

How is the incision site selected?

In a reconstructive operation, the incision placement and length is decided by your surgeon and should be communicated to you. It is largely influenced by the type of cancer operation that is planned for you.

What will recovery be like?

Depending on the type of operation you have (immediate or delayed), your postoperative recovery period will vary. Possible complications that may occur have been described throughout this booklet. Ask your surgeon to advise you on your specific postoperative care instructions.

Please note

If you experience fever or noticeable swelling and/or redness in your breast(s) after your implant operation, you should contact your surgeon immediately.

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