Silicone breast implants have many advantages over standard saline breast implants. Along with looking and feeling more natural in appearance, silicone breast implants also weigh less than their saline counterparts.
The Keller Funnel
An explanation of the importance of use for this surgical device in the insertion and placement of silicone breast implants.
Silicone implants by nature are fully sealed devices and often have to be handled by the surgeon for proper placement and positioning within the breast pocket. Unfortunately, this also increases the risk of contamination of the surface of the breast implant when coming in contact with external elements like the outer skin of the patient, wound area, or the surgeon’s gloves. Reducing actual physical contact reduces the risk of capsular contracture considerably. Capsular contracture is a condition that has been linked to bio-films forming on the surface of the breast implant.
Kevin Keller MD, a board certified plastic surgeon, invented a very simple surgical device that was named after him. The Keller Funnel has been proven to reduce many of the post surgical risks associated with breast surgery when using silicone breast implants.
The device is very simple in design and consists of nothing more than a polymer coned bag with a self-lubricated coating on the inside. Once moistened, the lubrication makes the funnel interior very slippery so that the implant can be inserted into a much smaller breast incision without having to be touched by the surgeon’s hands.
The Keller Funnel™ has changed the way breast augmentations are performed with many new benefits detailed below:
- Breast incision size reduction
- Post operative infection reduction
- Capsular contracture reduction
- Reducing operatory time
- Surgical trauma reduction
- Implant damage reduction
- Less complications
- Additional options for incisions