You may have heard of an innovative breast augmentation device I use at my San Jose-area practice called the Keller Funnel. Almost deceptively simple in its design, the Keller Funnel is changing the way doctors around the world, including myself, perform breast augmentation. It’s also having a big impact for patients, and it’s something you should know about if you’re interested in getting breast implants.
The Keller Funnel is used for inserting silicone breast implants. The inside of the nylon funnel is coated with a special lubricant that helps the implants glide through effortlessly. The implants are not damaged or strained during the insertion process. Previously, silicone implants required a larger incision than saline, because saline implants are inserted empty and filled once in place. Because the Keller Funnel pushes the implant through a smaller hole, the surgeon is able to use a shorter incision, thereby minimizing scarring.
Another benefit of the Keller Funnel is its no-touch approach. Because the surgeon doesn’t need to use his hands to place the implant, insertion using the sterile Keller Funnel minimizes the risk of infection and may reduce the risk of capsular contracture, a complication that may be related to bacterial contamination.
Although the Keller Funnel can add a nominal expense to your breast augmentation, I believe that the increased safety and more favorable results easily outweigh any additional costs. Ask your surgeon whether this device might benefit you.