Round Vs Anatomical Breast Implants

Round Vs Anatomical Breast Implants

Finding the Right Implant Shape – Pros and Cons of Round & Teardrop Breast Implants

If you have decided to get breast augmentation surgery but are not sure which implant shape will work for you, this blog can help. Breast Implants come in different shapes and sizes as well as textures. The most popular shaped implants are round and teardrop implant also known as anatomical implants. There is always a debate amongst surgeons about which shaped implant is better than the other for different patients.

There is a big difference between anatomical and round implants. In this article, we will discuss the difference between them, as well as pros and cons of each one to give you a better idea.  For many patients, choosing the right type of implant is a complex decision, and the key is to work with your surgeon and trust their experience to tailor the choice to meet your specific needs and goals. The right patient, with the right surgeon and the right implant, is the recipe for success.

Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr Jeremy Hunt routinely performs breast enhancement procedures for patients who want beautiful breasts and natural looking results.

Round & Teardrop Breast Implants Dr hunt

About Round Breast Implants

These implants are round in shape and have a very smooth texture on the outside. Round Implants are recommended for women who want a fuller upper pole look or perkier breasts. The gel found inside round implants is very soft as compared to the anatomical implants which reduces their ability to shape the breast as compared to the alternative.

About Teardrop or Anatomical Implants

These implants are usually micro-textured and have a teardrop look. They are also known as teardrop implants. The gel inside the implants is quite firm and able to shape the breast tissue to a larger extent. The combination of shape and feel not only increases the size of your breasts but can also address the shape issues and skin laxity.


Comparing Round Vs Anatomical Implants

Let’s compare these shapes and look at the benefits of both the round and anatomical implant.

Benefits of Anatomical Implants

The benefits of anatomical implants include but are not limited to:

1. Natural Shape

The anatomical implants have a natural shape. They are thinner on top and have more fullness towards the bottom area, mimicking a natural breast. These implants are ideal for people who don’t want an overly dramatic look and like their results to be natural. The teardrop shape mimics the curves of a natural breast and is ideal to give you a subtle, beautiful enhancement.

2. Slightly Textured Surface

The outer shells of the implants are micro-textured which is very important if you don’t want your implant to shift and move around. The texture on the outer shells offers a better grip that will help keep your implants in place. The slightly rougher surface also can minimise the risk of developing a hard shell capsule around the implant also known as capsular contracture.

3. Improved Results and Reduced Risk

The feel of implants is similar to the natural breast tissue. The concerns regarding rippling and implant visibility will be reduced greatly. If you want to be quite risk-averse, it is recommended to choose these implants.

4. Shapely Breast Tissue 

As the anatomical breast implant is quite firm, a skilled surgeon will be able to create any type of breast shape with them. If you want to shape your breasts along with increasing their size, anatomical implants can help.

Round & Teardrop Breast Implants Touched Dr Hunt

Benefits of Round Breast Implants

The benefits of round implants include but are not limited to:

1. More Dramatic Results

If you are not a fan of natural shape and wish to add more fullness to your breasts, round implants can help. They add fullness to both the top and bottom parts of your breasts, giving you a dramatic makeover that isn’t possible with teardrops or anatomical implants.

2. Great Looking Cleavage 

Most people undergoing breast augmentation want to achieve a more enhanced cleavage and round implants can do that for you. And no, you won’t need to wear uncomfortable push-up bras to do that.

3. Lower Risk of Implant Rotation

With round implants, there is a very low risk of rotation involved after implantation. As the shape is the basically same, the rotation won’t have any impact on the look of your breasts. That is a major plus if you don’t want to consider breast revision surgery needed if your implant flips

4. A More cost-effective Option

Round implants generally cost less than teardrop implants, so you might be saving some money

Pros and Cons of Round vs Anatomical Implants

While both types of implants can bring about great results when used correctly by a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, there are some pros and cons to each of them. Let’s have a look:

Pros of Round implants

  • As the shape of the implant is round, they don’t carry the risk of rotation. Your breasts won’t be affected even if the implant rotates
  • Round Implants are less expensive as compared to anatomical implants
  • With round implants, the risk of BIA-ALCL is much lower

Cons of Round Implants

  • They carry a higher risk of capsular contracture
  • Round Implants can bottom out
  • Round Implants are not recommended for people looking to address laxity
  • Round implants are not firm enough to address shape-related issues in breasts

Pros of Anatomical Implants

  • Anatomical Implants are firmer than round implants and have better “lifting” and reshaping capabilities
  • Teardrop implants are quite versatile and your surgeon can help you achieve a natural or a fake look based on your preferences and your body type
  • These implants have a lower risk of capsular contracture

Round & Teardrop Breast Implants Dr Hunt Sydney

Cons of Anatomical Breast Implants

  • These are more expensive than round implants. Expect to pay extra on top of your Breast surgical procedure fee
  • They carry a risk of rotation when not inserted properly
  • These implants have a slightly textured surface. NOTE – the macro textured implants (heavy textured) have been associated with BIA-ALCL and are currently not in use. A Micro-textured surface that is currently the surface of Anatomic or shaped implants, has a much lower risk of BIA-ALCL, though it is marginally higher than that of smooth implants. In the eyes of the Australian TGA (Therapeutic Goods Authority), the benefits of this micro-textured surface on anatomic implants does outweigh the slightly higher risk of BIA-ALCL.

The Right Fit for the different Breast Implant Shapes – Ideal Round Vs Anatomical Patients

Let’s discuss the suitability of round and anatomical (NOTE – this is general information only, the right options for your particular case can only be decided after a consultation with your surgeon):

Round breast implants are better suited for women:

  • Who are in their early twenties with a firm breast tissue
  • Who want to achieve a rounded breast shape with equal fullness on the top and bottom

Anatomical breast implants are better suited for women:

  • Who desire proportionate and natural-looking breasts
  • Who are slim and have modest breast tissue
  • Who have breastfed in the past
  • Who are dealing with breast asymmetries 
  • Who want a breast lift along with augmentation
  • Who are dealing with constricted breast base deformities

Either type will suit women:

  • Who have enough glandular breast tissue and want to achieve more breast volume

Is There a Perfect Breast Implant?

Yes, there is a perfect implant for you. However, we simply cannot say that one is better than the other. We have discussed the pros and cons, suitability and benefits of each implant shape in detail. There is a lot more that goes into breast surgery than just shape. The implant texture, type (silicone or saline), and size are equally responsible for the final outcome.

To find out what is the perfect implant for you, book a consultation with Dr Hunt now and discuss your goals, desires and expectations are.

After looking at your breasts, learning about your desired aesthetic, Dr Hunt will be able to tell you what can and cannot be achieved realistically along with recommending the right implant shape.

That is how you get the perfect implant type and shape for yourself. What will suit you might not suit your friend and vice versa. So, listen to your surgeon before you listen to anyone else.


Breast Implant Shape – FAQS about Round VS Anatomical Implants

Here are some of the frequently asked questions we get regarding teardrop and round implants:

Are round implants or teardrop implants better?

  • Both implants can be useful when the surgery is performed by the right plastic surgeon. The choice of implant eventually comes down to the type of results you want. It  is essentially a matter of personal preference and desires.

Do round implants look bigger than teardrop?

  • Round implants do look slightly bigger when compared to the anatomical implants with the same volume. It is due to the wider diameter and circular shape that round implants offer.

Can round implants look natural?

  • Round implants can provide a natural look as long as your surgeon places them correctly and uses the right size and profile for the patient. If the implant is too large or too high of a profile for the patient, the result will be a very full, rounded upper pole (a fake look).

Is 50 too old to have breast implants?

  • There is no age limit for getting breast surgery. People can get breast implant surgery or surgery to lift breasts at any age, provided that they are in a good health and do not suffer from any chronic illnesses. Age is just a number when it comes to breast implants.

What type of implant feels the most natural?

  • Both round and anatomical implants can look natural. When it comes to the feel of the implants, implants filled with silicone gel feel natural to touch.

What is the safest breast implant?

  • Both saline and silicone implants are considered safe. The implant shape has nothing to do with safety. It essentially comes down to the experience and expertise of the surgeon and how well you follow pre and post-care instructions. There is always a slight risk of BII, BIA-ALCL or other Breast Implant Complications. A Breast Implant is NOT a lifetime device. You may need to remove or replace your implant in the future or after 10 – 20 years.

What’s the most popular breast implant size?

  • The most popular size for breast implants is between 325 to 375 cc which may result in a small to a large C cup.

What do anatomical implants look like when lying down?

  • Unlike round breast implants which fall to the side, a tear-drop implant will usually maintain the same shape lying down, which can appear somewhat unnatural in some women.

Whiche popular celebrities are believed to have had teardrop implants?

  • Although we can’t really say for sure, these celebrities supposedly chose teardrop implants; – Salma Hayek, Kim Kardashian, Tyra Banks, Elizabeth Hurley, Katy Perry, Eva Mendes, and Christiana Hendricks.

What are Motiva implants?

  • Motiva Breast Implants are popular medical-grade silicone implant with a specially designed form and texture. The product has been extensively tested in three major areas: chemically, physically and biologically. Another popular choice is Mentor Implants.

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About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

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Dr Jeremy Hunt is a specialist plastic surgeon performing breastbodyface and nose surgery in Australia. He is a member of FRACS & ASPS and has over 20 years of experience providing plastic surgery in Sydney.

Careful, considerate and honest, Dr Jeremy Hunt works with you to find a solution that is optimal for your body and your lifestyle. Every patient is unique and, through his guidance, can achieve good results.

Dr Hunt’s personal, one-on-one service and attention to detail has given thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia the aesthetic results they desire.

Dr Hunt’s qualifications and education

Dr Jeremy A Hunt MBBS FRACS graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Sydney University in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. He completed a Fellowship at the prestigious University of Texas in the United States, where he learnt from some of the world’s very best plastic surgeons.

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Benefits of Mentor Implants and Why Dr Hunt uses them

Benefits of Mentor Implants and Why Dr Hunt uses them

Benefits of Mentor Implants – When & Why Dr Hunt chooses them

There are many different types of breast implants available on the Australian market which can help you get optimal breast augmentation results. Mentor implants is one of the premier brands of breast implants, and it is the one that Dr Jeremy Hunt prefers to use. Mentor implants are made by Johnson & Johnson Medical a highly reputable medical device company.

When choosing the right breast implant, there are many implant options including Brand, Size, Profile, Shape and Filling including Cohesivity ( or firmness ) of the silicone gel


Why Does Dr Hunt prefer Mentor Implants over other Implant Brands?

Dr Hunt chooses to use Mentor implants as well as Motiva implants as he believes these both offer the optimal short-term and long-term results for patients and have a good product support. Other implant brands are available but Dr Hunt’s selection of Mentor and Motiva implants for his patients is based on his experience and their excellent clinical record.

In some cases, the Motiva ergonomic gel implant is preferred if the patient is seeking a softer teardrop-shaped result. If a firmer gel is needed in a teardrop-shaped implant, a Mentor CPG will be preferred as it will “drive” the breast shape.

For round breast implants, if patients are seeking a particularly high-volume upper pole, then a progressive gel plus Motiva implant will offer more fulness in the upper pole than a Mentor implant.

Some patients may desire a blend between the two and, as with all of Dr Hunt’s patients, it is a case of tailoring the patient’s needs to the specific device used to ensure they achieve good results.

Benefits of Mentor Implants

Mentor implants are widely used in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery due to their high safety and efficacy.

1. Mentor Implant Feel

There are quite a few benefits of using mentor implants, the most important of which is the feel of the implant. As Mentor implants contain three options for Cohesivity of the silicone gel, different results can be achieved, and the specific patient desires can be met. All of the Mentor implants mimic natural breast tissue very well.

2. Mentor Implant Shape, Size & Profile

Apart from the content of the implant, the shape, size, and profiles of the Mentor implants also help mimic the natural appearance of the breast tissue. If you opt for a teardrop shop breast implant with low profiles, they look and feel like real breast tissue. 

3. Mentor Implant Gel

Moreover, the use of MemoryGel technology is an innovative approach that has not been applied by anyone but Mentor Worldwide. It has helped replicate the firmness and natural aspect of the breast tissue while also ensuring the safety of the patient. 

The Mentor Implant Range

The Mentor Implant range includes three main implant types, based on the contents of the implant. And a special fourth type of breast implant is used for breast reconstruction, mostly for cancer patients.

1. Mentor (Round) MemoryGel Breast Implants

Memory Gel - Round Mentor Implants Sydney - Dr Jeremy Hunt Leading Breast Plastic Surgeon

Mentor MemoryGel Breast Implants are a type of Mentor Gel Implants that are filled with a cohesive gel that replicates the feel and texture of the natural breast. The custom gel in these implants is a type of silicone gel that is highly viscous so that it mimics natural tissue.

The MemoryGel and Gel implants by Mentor are covered by a shell of cross-linked silicone elastomer layers. The use of this specific shell ingredient is what is responsible for the elasticity and integrity of the breast implant.  Moreover, these breast implants are more uniform and firm when it comes to their shape. The MemoryGel and Gel breast implants are more often used than the saline and Spectrum Adjustable saline breast implants due to the natural look and feel of this implant type. 

Similar to Saline breast implants, Dr Hunt performs a test to assess the stability and integrity of the implant right before they are used. He applies pressure to the implant slightly and manipulates it to ensure that there aren’t any leaks or weak spots in the elastomer shell.  

These round implants come with two forms of silicone gel fill, and each will have its uses in different patients. The key to a good outcome is to tailor the implant choice to the patient’s needs and desired outcome to achieve good results. 

  • Cohesivity I – with a softer gel, also known as less form stable, will create a softer feel to the implant.
  • Cohesivity II – is a firmer, more form stable gel that will create a firmer result but offers less rippling and more upper pole fullness.

Mentor MemoryGel breast implants are safe and effective breast implants that have been approved for use by the TGA and by the FDA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2006. 

2. Mentor Contour Profile Shaped –  Mentor Teardrop or Anatomic Breast Implants 

Teardrop Mentor Implants Sydney - Dr Jeremy Hunt Leading Breast Plastic Surgeon

The Mentor Contour Profile Breast Implants are also filled with the proprietary silicone gel that holds its own and remains uniform in shape. The gel is Cohesivity III that offers more firmness and shape maintenance than the Cohesivity I or II implants. The implant is manufactured such that it does not rotate once in the chest cavity and stays the same as when it was implanted. The advantage to the shape and stability of the gel shape within the implant is that it can be used to more effectively alter the breast shape and thus drive the final shape of the augmented breast to the desired result. 

The projection choices for the Mentor CPG implants are impressive. Also, Contour Profile breast implants are only available in the Siltex textured shells, unlike MemoryGel, which is available in both smooth and textured shells. The textured shell, however, is made of the same silicone elastomer as the MemoryGel Implants. 

The Mentor Contour Profile or CPG breast implants are also safe and effective, just like other Mentor implants. The efficacy and safety of these implants were studied in a multicenter clinical study. The study was performed over a period of 10 years, and in the end, it was concluded that the implant could be safely used in women over the age of 22 years for breast augmentation procedures. 

3. Mentor Saline Breast Implants and Mentor Spectrum Adjustable Saline Breast Implants

Spectrum Mentor Implants Sydney - Dr Jeremy Hunt Leading Breast Plastic Surgeon

Two different types of implants are mentioned here, and they are grouped as they are both saline implants. The features of both types of implants are quite different, but they are placed in the same category due to their contents. 

Mentor Saline Breast Implants have a shell made of room temperature vulcanized silicone elastomer, which is made of polydimethylsiloxane. This shell is then filled with sterile saline fluid before the implant is placed into the breast pocket. 

The Mentor brand studied the effectiveness of Mentor Saline implants using two open-label clinical studies. The first study, LST, was a 1-year study that was performed mainly to assess four specific safety outcomes in a large group of patients. The size of the study means that the results are more likely to be accurate and can be depended on. The second study that was done for the effectiveness and safety of the saline breast implants was the SPS study, which was performed over a period of 3 years, with a yearly 3-year follow-up. Based on these studies, the Mentor Saline Breast Implants can be safely used for the purpose of breast augmentation and breast reconstruction.

The Mentor Spectrum Adjustable Saline implants also have a shell that is made of room temperature vulcanized silicone elastomer (polydimethylsiloxane). The main difference between the two saline breast implants, as the name implies, is that the Spectrum implants are filled both pre-implantation and post-implantation. This allows for more flexibility in the placement of the implant. The safety and efficacy of both implants were studied in the clinical studies above.

Moreover, both Mentor Saline and Mentor Spectrum Adjustable Saline implants are tested for the integrity of the implant before they are inserted under the glandular tissue or the pectoral muscles. Dr Hunt performs a test in the operating room right before the implant is used during the procedures. The implants are half-filled with air and then submerged into water or saline to see if there are any punctures or leaks in your implant. This way, only the optimal implant is placed during your breast augmentation or reconstruction procedure. 

The saline breast implants by Mentor have a self-sealing valve to ensure no leaks once placed and allow the surgeon to fill the implant accordingly. They are available in different sizes and projections, which you can choose from, based on your preferences. 

4. Mentor Tissue Expanders

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Tissue expanders are temporary placeholders that are used for less than six months to help with the placement of the breast implants during the breast reconstruction procedure. The tissue expanders are placed during the reconstruction procedure. The surgeon fills saline into the expander slowly so that the breast tissue expands. This is done over a period of a maximum of six months, and by then, your tissue has expanded enough that it can accommodate the new breast implant. 

Mentor has two different types of tissue expanders/implants, namely, Mentor Becker Expander/Implants and Mentor CPX4 Tissue Expander. The Mentor Becker expander and implant allow the surgeon to increase the size or decrease it as desired by you. It is filled with saline and has a port hanging out. 

The Mentor CPX4 Tissue expander has a shell made of cross-linked silicone elastomer to support the stretching of the skin. The shell is textured to allow for collagen interface building. The CPX4 expanders are equipped with a Bufferzone area along with a self-sealing zone. This allows the silicone gel to stay within the expander and reduces the need for a port. The self-sealing zone also prevents any gel leakage in case of an accidental needle puncture. Furthermore, the seal of the expander is assessed by Dr Hunt right before they are implanted. 

Moreover, this device can be attached to the surrounding breast tissue, so the expander has stability and does not move or rotate. It is important to note that there is a magnetic seal on the Mentor CPX4 tissue expander implants, which means that if you have them, you cannot use the MRI machine. 

Different Types of Mentor Implant Surfaces

Mentor Breast Implants are available with a full range of shell surfaces, from smooth to textured. 

  • Smoother implants are now the more popular type after recent fears of an increased risk of a rare form of lymphoma or cancer (BIA ALCL) associated specifically with textured implants.
  • Highly Textured Implant shells can allow the easier building of the collagen interface on the surface of the implant (The capsule) and were previously popular to prevent capsular contracture but are now rarely used after fears of increased risks of BIA ALCL.

Apart from Mentor Profile Contour breast implants, all Mentor breast implants are available in both types of surfaces. 

Dr Hunt prefers to use a lightly textured implant that takes advantage of the decrease in risk of capsular contracture and allowing stability of position when using a shaped implant while not carrying a high risk of ALCL.

Dr Hunt has never used heavily textured polyurethane implants and continues to follow the guidelines of the TGA, which has now given an undertaking that they should not be placed in patients. The risk of ALCL versus the texture on the implant needs to be balanced against the advantages of a textured device. It is well accepted that the benefits of a textured implant used appropriately are not outweighed by the risks of ALCL in appropriate patient choice and where patients are allowed to make an educated and informed decision.   

Different Mentor Implant Profiles

An implant profile refers to the projection of the implant from your chest. It basically means how much the implant will stand out. A low implant profile means the implant will be wider at the base and not far off from the chest. A high implant profile, at the same time, means narrower implants that have an appropriate ratio of volume to cleavage. 

Mentor round and shaped breast implants are available in a range of implant profiles, such as

  • Moderate Classic, Moderate Plus, Moderate High, High Profile, Ultra High Profile, Moderate Plus Xtra, and High Profile Xtra.

 Profiles Memory Gel - Dr Jeremy Hunt Leading Breast Plastic Surgeon

In the consultation process, Dr Hunt will determine the dimensions of your chest wall onto which the implant will be placed. You will also have the opportunity to then select the volume of the implant that you desire using an implant sizing system.

With the combination of the dimensions of your chest and your desired volume, Dr Hunt will make a decision on how to spread that volume over your chest to achieve the result you desire. This largely will then determine if the implant needs to be low, medium, or high profile if a round implant is chosen. If you want more fullness in the upper pole of the breast, it is likely a round implant that will be a preferable choice. If the result you desire favours more the shape of a natural breast with fullness in the lower pole, it is more likely that a shaped Mentor implant will be selected.

The advantage of the shaped devices is that the firmer gel will also drive the final result and will add to further expansion of particularly tight skin envelopes, which is often the case in very small-breasted women. If an anatomical shaped implant is chosen, there are multiple options for adjusting the width and the height of the implants to accommodate your chosen volume to fit onto your chest dimension. It is this specific tailoring process that allows to achieve optimal results and Dr Hunt to deliver the results that meet his standard and expectations.

About the Manufacturer of Mentor Implants

Mentor Worldwide is a leading supplier of breast implants for the improvement of breast aesthetics in the world. The brand has a patent-first approach they use when designing and manufacturing breast implants. They aim to make their implants feel and look as natural as they can so that you can enjoy them to the fullest. Each implant comes with safety instructions and guidelines on when the implant should be used and when it should be avoided. 

Mentor breast implants also come with a general guide on how the placement procedure should be performed and how surgeons can avoid risks and complications associated with the procedure. The manufacturer performs safety testing even after the implants are manufactured and sent out to the market to ensure that they are safe. It is also to assess the implants against the current research and standards. 

The ingredients used in the manufacturing process of the Mentor breast implants have been reviewed by the FDA, including the proprietary cohesive gel that fills the MemoryGel breast implants. Moreover, the shells that are composed of cross-linked silicone elastomers have also been tested, and the toxicology report of those shells confirms they are safe to use. 

2019 Textured Implant Recall by TGA – Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration

In 2019 Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recalled any unused stock of 8 specific types of breast implants from different brands, including Mentor breast implants.  See TGA Breast Implant information

The TGA initially suspended the use of these implants over the risks of BIA ALCL, a type of cancer associated with the implants. Mentor’s Siltex textured shell implants were one of the implants recalled and suspended because textured shell implants are associated with increased growth of Ralstonia bacteria. This bacteria enters the body during the placement of the implant and grows a biofilm on the surface, causing chronic irritation of the breast tissue. 

Textured implants are generally placed into two categories; micro-textured implants such as Mentor Siltex implants and macro-textured implants such as those manufactured by Allergen.  It was found that macro-textured implants had a higher incidence of BIA ALCL and hence, have been banned from ever being used by the TGA. Micro-textured implants, on the other hand, have a 1 in 86,000 risk of developing BIA ALCL, which is why the use of Siltex implants use has not been banned by TGA. 

TGA and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeon (ASPS) has recommended implant sterilising by washing the implant with half-strength betadine to reduce the risk of Ralstonia infection, which can lead to further complications such as BIA ALCL. 

Furthermore, surgeons were asked by TGA to follow up with patients who had undergone a breast augmentation procedure or breast reconstruction procedure with Mentor Siltex implants. The removal of these implants was NOT recommended as they do not pose a higher risk. Moreover, the use of half-strength betadine reduces the risk of BIA ALCL significantly, further proving that the removal of the implants is not required. 

Risks of BIA ALCL & BII with Breast Implants

Breast implants can have a silicone shell that is smooth or textured, with the latter providing a surface for collagen interlinking. The textured implants have been found to increase the risk of developing an important and serious implant-related condition, namely, breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Breast implant illness (BII) is yet another condition caused by having breast implants, but the risk factors for it are not yet clearly known. 

Australia, America, and 37 other countries have banned the use of Allergan Biocell textured implants as a measure of safety. This unanimous decision was made after they were found to have the highest risk of resulting in BIA ALCL amongst all textured implant manufacturing brands. 

Mentor Implant FAQs – Questions about Mentor Implants

Is Mentor a good implant?

  • Mentor breast implants are known for their safety and efficacy, along with high customer satisfaction rates. They are one of the premium brands for breast implants in Australia. They last for a long time and are approved by the USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

What is a good brand of breast implant?

  • The right implant brand for you depends on what type of implant you are looking for and what profile and size you want. Based on this, you can decide which breast implant brand is optimal for you. The Mentor breast implants provide you with a large range of implant types, contours, sizes, and profiles. Apart from the multiple options, Mentor breast implants can be considered to be of good quality because of their proven safety, longevity, and efficacy.

What is the difference between Mentor and Motiva implants?

  • Both Mentor and Motiva are premium quality breast implants. Both implants are available in different shapes and sizes. The implants differ in terms of content and implant surfaces as they use different manufacturing processes. Dr Hunt strives to achieve good results in all of his patients, and in some cases, a Mentor implant will be the optimal device to achieve this. In other patients, a Motiva implant may be the preferred option. It is the experience with thousands of patients and the process of tailoring the procedure to meet the patient’s needs and expectations that will drive the decision as to which implant suits your needs. It really depends on your existing tissue and desired new breasts.

What company makes Mentor implants?

  • Mentor implants are manufactured in Santa Barbara, California, in the United States by the company Mentor Worldwide LLC. This company is owned by two other companies, Johnson & Johnson, and Sientra Inc., of Santa Barbara, California. 

How long do Mentor implants last?

  • We recommend seeking a medical review if you notice any change in the size, shape, or feel of the breast after a breast augmentation and having the implants reviewed after ten years, even if there is no concern, just so a medical professional can assure you that the implants are fine. Implants only need to be changed if there is a concern or issue or if patients desire a breast implant revision of the size of the implant 

Are textured implants banned in Australia?

  • As of 2020, heavily textured breast implants have been banned in Australia over the risk of developing a specific and rare, breast implant-associated cancer, namely, breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA ALCL). Initially, there was a recall of eight different heavy-textured breast implants, but that soon resulted in a complete ban of all heavily textured breast implants. Micro or nanotextured implants such as those produced by Mentor and Motiva are still used in Australia as approved by the TGA. Some so-called cosmetic surgeons are still using textured implants.

Does Mentor make gummy bear implants?

  • Mentor is one of the three brands that manufacture gummy bear implants. The gummy bear implants by Mentor are called MemoryShape Gummy Bear Breast Implants, and they are widely popular for their firm yet natural feel and appearance.

Are Mentor breast implants and Allergan breast implants the same?

  • Mentor and Allergan are two completely different companies and implant brands. They are both made by premier manufacturers known for their quality breast implants. They both produce high-quality implants that can be used for breast augmentation procedures and breast reconstruction procedures. 

Are Mentor implants textured?

  • Mentor breast implants are available with a textured shell, such as Mentor Siltex Implants. The texture is “micro-texture,” not the heavy texture that has been heavily linked to ALCL. The choice between a smooth and more textured shell is yours to make, and you can consult with your surgeon prior to the surgery to help you make this decision. 

Are Mentor textured implants safe?

  • Mentor’s textured implants have been studied in many clinical studies before their approval and were studied post-approval as well to ensure the safety of the implants. Despite there being a risk of BIA ALCL with the use of textured implants, this risk was found to be mostly associated with Allergan textured implants as opposed to Mentor or Sientra textured implants. Moreover, doctors were notified of the potential risk of cancer and asked to follow up with patients with a textured implant rather than removing the implant. Overall, Mentor’s textured implants are regarded as safe for use and quite effective in producing a natural feel in the breast. 

Are Mentor breast implants smooth?

  • Mentor breast implants are available as smooth and micro-textured breast implants. They have different types of breast implants, and almost all of these implant types are available in both forms. The choice between these implants is yours to make.  

Is Mentor Memory gel saline or silicone?

  • Mentor memory gel breast implants are filled with a cohesive gel that is a form of silicone. The features of this gel gives the breast a natural-looking appearance and texture. 

Does Medicare cover breast implant replacement?

  • Generally speaking, the national insurance provider covers any procedure that is deemed to be medically necessary. The removal of a breast implant that is causing issues or concerns is deemed a medical problem and is covered under Medicare. Breast implant replacement, though, is not regarded as medically necessary and is not covered unless the implant was placed in the setting of breast reconstruction after breast cancer or the treatment of medical disease of the breast such as Tuberous breast disease. In cases where people who have undergone cosmetic breast augmentation procedures which were not medically necessary, Medicare rules state that breast implant replacement is considered as a cosmetic procedure that isn’t covered by Medicare.

Medical References about Mentor Breast Implants

Further Reading

Further reading about Breast Implant Surgery

About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

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Dr Jeremy Hunt is a specialist plastic surgeon performing breastbodyface and nose surgery in Australia. He is a member of FRACS & ASPS and has over 20 years of experience providing plastic surgery in Sydney.

Careful, considerate and honest, Dr Jeremy Hunt works with you to find a solution that is optimal for your body and your lifestyle. Every patient is unique and, through his guidance, can achieve good results.

Dr Hunt’s personal, one-on-one service and attention to detail has given thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia the aesthetic results they desire.

Dr Hunt’s qualifications and education

Dr Jeremy A Hunt MBBS FRACS graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Sydney University in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. He completed a Fellowship at the prestigious University of Texas in the United States, where he learnt from some of the world’s very best plastic surgeons.

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Using Motiva Implants – Why Plastic Surgeon Dr Hunt uses Motiva

Using Motiva Implants – Why Plastic Surgeon Dr Hunt uses Motiva

Are Motiva Implants the Right Implant Option for You?

About Breast Implant Surgery

The Breast augmentation procedure or boob job has been one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for years due to reliability and results of the procedure. Since breast implants were first performed, there have been significant advances made in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery. Breast implant technology also has come a long way and came Motiva Implants, with implants having a more natural feel while becoming more rupture resistant and much more durable over time.


Motiva breast implants are the latest example of the advances made in the field of breast implants as they are one of the leading suppliers of high-quality and efficient breast implants. 

Dr Jeremy Hunt is Specialist Plastic Surgeons and uses both brands of quality implants in Australia – Mentor and Motiva implants – for his patients depending on their specific needs. In this article, he discusses why he chooses to use Motiva Implants.

The Motiva Implants range

Motiva breast implants offer a range of products in different sizes and profiles. There are three different types of Motiva breast implants, based on shape and the viscosity of the silicone gel that they are filled with:

  1. Motiva Ergonomix Breast Implant
  2. Motiva Round Breast Implant
  3. Motiva Anatomical TrueFixation Breast Implant

There are many implants to choose from and the different types of implants offer variation based on projection, which comes with a different range of sizes that increase the options for you to choose from. 

Motiva Mini Ergonomic breast implants are available in a size range of 105cc to 525cc, and Demi implants are available in a range of 135cc to 625cc. While the size difference is not that significant, there is a marked difference in the projection of both types of Ergonomic Implants. Full projection Ergonomic breast implants are available in a size range of 145cc to 775c, while Corse comes with the largest size range, ranging between 118-cc to 1050cc. This size range is only that of Motiva Ergonomic breast implants and their subtypes. 

Motiva Round breast implants also come with different subtypes based on the projections of the implant. These subtypes are similar to those of the Ergonomix breast implants, namely, Demi, Mini, Corse, and Full. The size range is also the same as Ergonomix’s sizes. Generally, the implant size range for the Motiva brand is between 105cc to 1050cc. 

Why I Use Motiva Implants – Dr Hunt chooses Motiva for some patients

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The Motiva implant range offers some very specific advantages that I use for patients to achieve optimal results. The Motiva Ergonomix range offers a very soft gel in a thin shell that will drop into a natural or ‘teardrop’ shape when the patient is upright. This can achieve a very seamless and soft result, resembling very much natural breast tissue, and this is a result that patients often desire. This teardrop-shaped implant does not have the firmness of the Mentor implant, which offers some advantages, though, given its softness, but it will not “drive” the tissue envelope as successfully as a Mentor-shaped implant.

Matching the right patient’s tissue dynamics to the right implant is the key to success when achieving a natural breast shape. In cases where patients want fullness in the upper pole, the Motiva Round progressive gel range offers more firmness than the Mentor range.  This can create more fullness in the upper pole than the Mentor round implant, and if the patient desires this particular aesthetic result, then the Motiva progressive gel round implant would be the implant of choice in my experience. 

With all breast augmentation surgery, the key is matching the correct implant size, shape, and dynamics with the patient’s desired outcome to achieve optimal result. This comes with experience, and using the right tool to achieve the correct outcome is the key to surgical success.

About Motiva Implants

Motiva implants are one of the leading implants in Australia that have approval from TGA and the FDA. The technology used in the manufacturing of these implants is of the highest quality, and your safety is of utmost priority during the manufacturing process. They are made of a silicone shell that has two layers and is quite resistant to ruptures. The main ingredient used in the making of the shell is the silicone elastomer which allows it to appear and feel as natural as possible. The shell isn’t visible through the skin and isn’t so hard in texture that your breasts look firm like a rock. 

Seven Features of Motiva Implants

Motiva implants are equipped with state-of-the-art features that help them stand out as one of the right choices for breast implants. The most important features of the implants include

  • TrueMonobloc ®: This feature is responsible for the implant acting as one unit. The shell of the implant has elastic properties due to the silicone elastomer used for production, and the cohesive gel has the strength to stay together even in case of a rupture. The blending of this strength and elasticity, or in other words, the cohesive gel and shell, is responsible for the natural appearance of the breast implant. 
  • SmoothSilk Surface: Motiva breast implants are smooth surfaces with minimal texture. This is especially important as textured implants are associated with an increased risk of breast implant-associated Anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA ALCL) and breast implant illness (BII). Textured breast implants are associated with this risk due to the overgrowth of Ralsatonia bacteria, and the smooth surface doesn’t support the growth of the bacteria. Moreover, this technological feature of Motiva implants is responsible for the high biocompatibility of the implants resulting in reduced interaction and irritation of the breast by the surface of the implant. 
  • Blue Seal: This is one of the features that are unique to Motiva implants only. It is a barrier layer that ensures minimal diffusion of the silicone gel into the tissues surrounding the implant and the rest of the body. This safety feature is responsible for the blue colour of the Motiva implants, hence, the name. The blue colour is also for the surgeon to be sure that the implant is equipped with this feature. The BlueSeal indicator is present in every Mtoiva implant, and they have met through all rigorous quality and safety standards of the American Society of Testing and Materials and ISO.
  • ProgressiveGel Plus: This feature basically refers to the type of gel in the round breast implants by Motiva. The gel used allows the implant to stay full, specifically in the upper pole, giving it its characteristic round shape.
  • ProgressiveGel Ultima: This feature is quite similar to the ProgressiveGel Plus in that it refers to the gel used in the manufacture of the implant. This feature is specific to Motiva Ergonomic breast implants, and the consistency of this gel allows the implant to adapt to the surrounding tissue. The implant can develop the most anatomically natural shape after placement in the breast due to ProgressiveGel Ultima.
  • TrueTissue Technology: This feature of the Motiva breast implants is responsible for the compression resistance of the implant. This resistance is specifically important for the safety and success of the implant. The natural feel of the implants is part of this feature, along with that of the elastic elastomer shell and the ProgressiveGel Ultima and Plus. Moreover, thanks to this feature of the implants, the effects of gravity are projected to the lower pole when you are standing, giving your breasts a natural drop without making them appear saggy. Similarly, when you lie down, the effects of gravity are projected such that the force is towards the middle of the breast, giving them a perky appearance.
  • Q Inside Safety Technology: This feature is not only unique to Motiva breast implants, but Motiva is also the first-ever brand to implement such a feature in their implants. It is a radio-frequency micro transponder that is implanted into breast implants. Your surgeon can check all details of the implant by just waving a reader on the outside of your body. The transponder is FDA-approved for use in humans and has a CE-mark as well. The main purpose of this device is to make it easier for surgeons and other healthcare personnel to gain information about the implant in the most non-invasive manner. 

Benefits of Motiva Implants

Motiva breast implants are high-quality, efficient, and safe breast implants that will help you achieve your breast augmentation procedure goals and expectations. The way these implants are manufactured results in several benefits of the product that you get to enjoy. 

Motiva breast implants have a smooth surface which potentially offers a safer option than other implants on the market. The lack of textured surfaces of Motiva implants means that they are hopefully less likely to cause BIA ALCL and BII. This safety feature of the implant is further exaggerated by the embedding of the implants with a micro-transponder. This micro transponder helps with tracking your implant in a non-invasive manner if there was ever an issue with the implants that required follow-up or recall. 

Motiva implants are firm in appearance yet soft to touch, giving them a natural feel and appearance. The implants give you the projection you choose while blending with the surrounding tissue so that they look real and do not stand out. Motiva implants, especially Round breast implants, fight the effects of gravity and put the most pressure on the upper pole or lower pole, based on your body’s position. 

Apart from the texture and feel of the implants, there are also other health benefits of the Motiva breast implants. Research suggests that they are associated with a significantly lower risk of capsular contracture. While the research is still ongoing, it is believed that the special manufacturing process and the use of state-of-the-art technology in the manufacturing process have reduced the risk of capsular contracture when Motiva implants are used. This benefit is useful as capsular contracture is a complication of the breast augmentation procedure that often requires operation and surgery for treatment, hence resulting in scarring and impaired results. 

Motiva implants are also made of a double-layered shell with a cohesive gel filling. This manufacturing design of the implant is responsible for the decreased rates of ruptures seen with this brand of implants. Furthermore, the implant rupture risk is also reduced by decreased handling of the implant. The implant is made in one step and is then sent to surgeons with a minimal handling guide to avoid excessive handling of the product, which makes the implant vulnerable to rupture. 

Different Types of Motiva Implants

The Motiva implants are filled with different types of silicone gels, with the only difference being the viscosity of the gel. Each implant type comes with a wide variety of options in sizes, projection, profiles, and overall appearance.

There are three main types of Motiva Breast implants. The three different types of breast implants include:

1. Motiva Ergonomix Breast Implant for a Natural Look

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Motiva Ergonomix Breast Implant is designed with the anatomy of the natural breasts in mind, meaning that it is the right option to pick if you are looking for a breast implant that looks and feels natural – The Natural Look. Equipped with quite a few technologies of the Motiva implants, this option is safe for human use and free of any rippling. The lack of rippling is a feature that can be credited to the use of silicone gel rather than saline. 

This breast implant by Motiva is a problem-solver as it has solved quite a few problems that arise with having breast implants. Rotation of an implant in the breasts is a phenomenon that can ruin the results of your procedure. This is not possible with Motiva Ergonomix breast implants. Along with that, this implant produces a reduced risk of developing implant-associated lymphoma, which is a definite plus in favor of the implants. 

The technology used in Motiva Ergonomix breast implant includes Long-term Implantable Silicone, TrueMonobloc®, Progressive Gel Ultima®, BluSeal®, and SmoothSilk®/SilkSurface®. 

2. Motiva Round Breast Implant for a more Glamorous Look

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Motiva Round Breast Implants are a mix of firm implants and soft implants. They feel soft but will hold their own and appear firm. The main difference between Round and Ergonomix is the higher projection of the former along with increased fullness of the upper pole of the Round breast implant. This implant type is preferred for those who want larger and fuller breast implants – The Glamorous Look.

The implant appears firm, and that should not be mistaken for lack of movement or fitting of the implants with the rest of the chest. The implant fits with your body and adapts to it, meaning that it will move with you when you are walking or exercising, or performing any physical activity. The natural appearance of the implants is one of the key factors that Motiva focuses on, and you are never in danger of having a firm, rock-like implant that stands out as unnatural. 

The technology used in the Motiva Round breast implant is the same as Motiva Ergonommix, namely, Long-term Implantable Silicone, TrueMonobloc®, BluSeal®, and SmoothSilk®/SilkSurface®. The main difference is the gel consistency as Round implants use Progressive Gel PLUS®, which is responsible for giving the implant its characteristic shape. 

3. Motiva Anatomical TrueFixation Breast Implant

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Motiva Anatomical TrueFixation breast implants are teardrop-shaped and have a firm exterior that is soft on touch. As the name implies, this implant aims to maintain the anatomic characteristic of the breast, hence, the teardrop shape of the implants. The implant adapts to the surrounding tissue and gives your breasts a natural, perky appearance.

Motiva Anatomical TrueFication Breast Implants are equipped with the same technology as Motiva Round, including the gel type. These include Long-term Implantable Silicone, TrueMonobloc®, BluSeal®, Progressive Gel PLUS®, and SmoothSilk®/SilkSurface®. 

Motiva Implant Surfaces – Smooth and Nano Surface

Motiva Implants are manufactured with state-of-the-art technology that helps create an almost completely smooth surface. Due to the increased risks of breast implants with textured surfaces, Motiva does not offer them. Motiva breast implants are NOT textured but are smooth and nanosurface. 

Your safety and wellbeing is the topmost concern for Motiva. Furthermore, Motiva breast implants do not have any foreign substances embedded in their shell, unlike other brands that use salts or sugars to give their implants a textured appearance. Motiva also ensures that the manufacturing process of the implant only takes a single step to avoid over-processing the shell. Increased manipulation during manufacturing could make the shell prone to damage resulting in an increased risk of implant rupture.  

Motiva Implant Profiles 

The profile of a breast implant is the measure of its projection. Projection of a breast implant basically refers to the distance of the nipple, due to the presence of the implant, from your chest. It can impact how upright your breasts are going to look and how perky they are going to be after the breast augmentation procedure.

The Motiva implant profile range of Motiva breast implants has four different types:

  • Mini: The breast implant is the flattest and doesn’t add much volume. The diameter of the implant is generally 100mm, and the implant is less than 25mm in height. 
  • Demi– This profile is quite similar to the Mini profile. However, the implant is narrower than the Mini, giving it a bit more body than the Mini. 
  • Full- This profile is taller and narrower than the Mini and the Demi, making them an appropriate choice for those interested in implants with greater projection. 
  • Corse– This profile has the maximum projection and is recommended for those who would like to have slightly bigger implants that stand upright. 

The profiles of other breast implants are called – low, moderate profile, high profile, and extra high profile, which in terms of Motiva implants would be Motiva mini, Motiva demi, Motiva full, and Motiva corse, respectively. 

Many people don’t consider implant profile selection to be as important as implant size. However, both are equally important in determining how well your implants will fit your body. The projection and profile of the implants should be considered before you decide in the favour of a specific size. For example, if you want a breast implant that is large but you have a narrow ribcage, you need to consider changing the profile. If you don’t,  you may end up with an implant that looks like it spills out on the side. This is going to impair the results of the procedure. 

Motiva Implant Sizes

Motiva Implants come in a range of sizes – with different Volumes (V), Base width (A)  Projection (B) and Arc Length (C). Choosing the right size and shape implant is vital for good breast implant results. Dr Hunt will guide you through the sizing and selection process.

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About Establishment Labs – the manufacturer of Motiva implants

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Establishment Labs makes Motiva Implants. Motiva focuses on providing women with a variety of options when it comes to breast implants while also putting the health of their patients first. The brand is committed to providing implants that are safe and efficient so that women can not only achieve their aesthetic goals but also stay healthy while doing so. Motiva uses the highest quality ingredients to produce the implants, which are put through a series of tests before they are approved by the company for use. Motiva implants are approved by both the TGA and FDA for use in breast augmentation and breast reconstruction procedures. 

Apart from manufacturing some of the highest quality implants, Motiva also takes sustainability quite seriously. They believe in the motto, “Putting Women First: in health and wellbeing, science and technology, and our communities.” Motiva has participated in several sustainability pledges and has become, as of 2019, a carbon-neutral office space. The carbon-neutral certification of Motiva headquarters is well-deserved when you take into consideration the solar panels, energy-saving lighting systems, and storage systems that they have implemented in the offices. This has helped reduce the carbon footprint of the brand and landed them this certification. That’s not all; they are also committed to cleaning the environment, as made apparent by their drive to clean the beach. 

The Motiva brand doesn’t just want to give you safe and efficient implants but also wants to empower you. They created a global campaign by the name, Beauty Boss, to help empower women who had undergone plastic surgery. The session aimed to help women overcome their fears and discuss the strengths and the challenges they faced. 

Your Motiva Breast Implant Warranty

Motiva implants are covered by the warranty plan, Always Confident, which offers a free implant replacement in case of an implant rupture at any point after you have had your implant placed. This warranty plan also offers you implant replacement if you develop capsular contracture within ten years of having undergone a breast augmentation procedure. Motiva has additional warranty plans available on their website – a 2 year and 5 year extended warranty plan. Please note that warranties only apply if ALL the directions and guidelines by the brand were followed during your breast augmentation procedure. 

Motiva Implants FAQs – Questions about Breast Implants

What’s the right type of breast implant?

  • The right type of breast implants is those that feel natural and give your breasts the projection you are looking for. The general consensus is that silicone gel breast implants are the right type of breast implants as the gel in the implant most mimics the natural breast tissue in both feel and appearance. Moreover, silicone gel implants are also less likely to cause ripples of the skin, meaning that they are less likely to be visible underneath the skin. These factors combine and result in silicone breast implants being better than saline implants.  Mentor and Motiva brands are currently regarded as the optimal type of silicone implant in Australia. 

Which implant is better – Mentor or Motiva?

  • Mentor breast implants and Motiva breast implants are both amongst the top breast implants worldwide. Both implant types have their own set of benefits and unique features that help them stand out. Depending on what you are looking for, in terms of projection, implant profile, size, and contents, you may benefit from either Mentor breast implants or Motiva breast implants. Motiva breast implants have a teardrop shape and can be filled according to your preferences, which gives the brand an edge over the other. The teardrop shape also makes the implant look more natural, which is a definite plus. The different implant surfaces can also create a variety in the formation of the capsule and stability of the implant.

What are Motiva Ergonomix implants?

  • Motiva Ergonomix implants are filled with ProgressiveGel Ultima and can blend with the surrounding tissue. The specific gel used in the manufacture of this implant is responsible for the natural feel of the implant. 

What is inside Motiva implants?

  • Motiva implants are filled with a custom silicone gel that has strong, cohesive properties, making it easier for the implant to mimic natural breasts. The gel is enclosed by a two-layered shell that is made with a special kind of silicone elastomer. This elastomer’s elasticity and stretchability make it the right material for these implants as they can adapt to the surrounding tissue rather than standing out on their own. The medical-grade breast implants also have a barrier layer between the shell and the cohesive silicone gel with blue pigment as a result of their implementation of BlueSeal technology.

Do Motiva implants feel natural?

  • Since Motiva implants are made of silicone gel and a double-layered shell, the feel and appearance of the implant are quite natural. The projection of the implants further helps make the implant appear natural and prevent sagging of the breast while standing and upright perkiness of the breast when laying down. The implants adapt to the surrounding tissue to mimic the natural breast tissue’s texture and appearance. 

What kind of breast implant feels the most natural?

  • Silicone breast implants look and feel the most natural. Amongst the various options provided by Motiva breast implants, the Ergonomix is widely known for its ability to most closely mimic natural tissue. 

Are Motiva implants approved in Australia?

  • Motiva breast implants were approved by the TGA for use in 2016 in Australia, and as of 2020, they have also been approved by the Food and Drug Association (FDA) for use in the United States of America. 

Are Motiva implants safe?

  • Motiva implants are manufactured with several safety features in place that make them one of the safest implant choices out there. Motiva implants are double-layered and made in one step to prevent the destruction of the integrity of the implant. The implants are less likely to rupture, and on the off-chance that they do, Motiva’s warranty plan guarantees you a free replacement implant. Furthermore, the implants carry a reduced risk of developing capsular contracture. This safety feature of the implant is so trusted by the brand that they guarantee a free implant replacement if you develop capsular contracture within ten years of your initial procedure. Some women have developed symptoms of BIIBreast Implant Illness and there is a very small risk of a type of cancer associated with implants – BIA-ALCL.

Are textured implants banned in Australia?

  • There was a wide recall by TGA of heavily textured implants, and the use of these implants was suspended, then banned. However, not all textured implants were banned, but rather those belonging to the brand Allergan. 

Is Motiva textured or smooth?

  • Motiva breast implants are smooth-surfaced with nano surface technology to allow increased contact surface. The health risks associated with textured implants have resulted in Motiva not manufacturing them. In fact, they take great pride in the lack of foreign substances embedded in their implant shell surface. 

Where are Motiva implants made?

  • Motiva implants are manufactured by Establishment Labs in a facility located in Costa Rica, with regulation offices in the United States and a distribution office in Belgium.

What breast implants are used in Australia?

  • Mentor and Motiva breast implants are the leading suppliers of breast implants used in Australia. Other brands you may find in Australia include Nagor, Polytech, Allergan, Eurosilicone, Sebbin and Silimed. (and old McGann & PIP implants)

Who makes Motiva implants?

  • Motiva implants are made by Establishment Labs and distributed in Australia by Lifecare Health 

Are Motiva implants MRI-safe?

  • Motiva implants are MRI-safe as the only part of the implant made of anything other than silicone is the micro transponder. According to the manufacturers, the micro transponder is also MRI-safe. 

What are the safest implants?

  • Generally, saline and silicone breast implants with a smooth surface are considered to be safer for use and can be used in both breast augmentation and reconstruction procedures. Breast implants are regarded as safe as far as they have been placed by a specialist plastic surgeon, and appropriate measures are taken before, during, and after the procedure to ensure good results. All surgery has risks. There are risks or BII and very minor risks of BIA-ALCL.

Do you need to replace Motiva implants?

  • Motiva breast implants are produced to a standard to last a lifetime. However, they are medical devices, and each medical device in the body should be replaced eventually. We recommend undergoing an implant replacement procedure approximately 15-20 years after your initial surgery. 

Can breast implants last 30 years?

  • Breast implants do have a lifespan and should be changed within two decades of their placement. Having a breast implant for 30 – 40 years is not recommended. Have a regular implant check for rupture and contact your surgeon if you have any pain, lumps or hardening of the breast.

Is there an alternative to breast implants?

  • Breast implants can reliably improve the appearance and increase the volume of your breasts. The volume of your breasts can be also be increased using a breast fat transfer instead of an implant. Fat is removed from one part of your body using liposuction and injected into your breasts to increase their size. This Natural Breast Augmentation procedure is also known as Autologous Fat Grafting to the Breasts. It is a less reliable enhancement method than breast implants and can also have some issues with survival of the transferred fat.


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About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

dr jeremy hunt

Dr Jeremy Hunt is a specialist plastic surgeon performing breastbodyface and nose surgery in Australia. He is a member of FRACS & ASPS and has over 20 years of experience providing plastic surgery in Sydney.

Careful, considerate and honest, Dr Jeremy Hunt works with you to find a solution that is optimal for your body and your lifestyle. Every patient is unique and, through his guidance, can achieve good results.

Dr Hunt’s personal, one-on-one service and attention to detail has given thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia the aesthetic results they desire.

Dr Hunt’s qualifications and education

Dr Jeremy A Hunt MBBS FRACS graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Sydney University in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. He completed a Fellowship at the prestigious University of Texas in the United States, where he learnt from some of the world’s very best plastic surgeons.

Next Step – Make an Enquiry or Request a consultation with Dr Hunt

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

If breast reduction is something you’re considering, Dr Hunt can thoroughly explain all the options to you in a one-on-one consultation.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.