Dr. Pearl is continually looking for techniques and technology to improve his patients’ plastic surgery experiences. An instrument that has monumentally helped improve breast augmentation surgery is the Keller Funnel, an FDA-approved device that helps Dr. Pearl place silicone gel implants.
To use the device, Dr. Pearl places the tip of the soft, conical-shaped nylon device through the surgical incision, and places the pre-filled implant in the funnel. Then, he uses a gentle pushing/squeezing motion to coax the implant through the funnel and into place within the breast pocket. The Keller Funnel can safely be used with periareolar, transaxillary and inframammary surgical incision patterns.
Let’s look at five ways that using the Keller Funnel improves the delivery of silicone breast implants.
1. Requires Shorter Incisions
Dr. Pearl is able to make smaller surgical incisions, similar to those used in saline implant placement. Smaller incisions produce less visible post-operative scarring (especially helpful for women who are prone to scarring).
2. Reduces the Risk of Infection
Using the Keller Funnel involves a no-touch sterile approach that reduces the risk of bacteria contaminating the implant shell and causing an infection. This is also believed to reduce capsular contracture, a painful implant-related complication in which the capsule contracts and hardens.
3. Faster Healing
Placing implants with the Kennel Funnel technique reduces the amount of trauma on the breast tissue; this lends itself to a quicker, easier recovery with less post-operative pain.
4. Less Stress/Force on the Implant Shell
The funnel’s slippery coating allows Dr. Pearl to use a minimal amount of force when positioning and placing the breast implant. This puts less stress on the implant shell and reduces the risk of the implant weakening or rupturing (which would require another surgery to remove or replace the implants). The Keller Funnel can prolong the life of the breast implants.
5. Quicker Procedure
The Keller Funnel generally makes the entire surgery proceed more quickly.
Learn More About Breast Augmentation Using the Keller Funnel
For more information about the Keller Funnel technique, or to schedule a breast implants consultation, please contact Dr. Pearl by calling (650) 964-6600.