Since the introduction of Keller Funnel in 2009, the device has received nothing but praises from breast augmentation surgeons because it can significantly reduce the risk of breast implant contamination, which leads to other benefits.
The Keller Funnel resembles an icing bag whose internal surface has an oily coating that paves way for a quick and efficient implantation, explains one of the leading breast augmentation surgeons Dr. Tarick Smaili. Right after opening the silicone implant from its sterile package, it is poured inside the device which is then squeezed a couple of times to propel the implant into the pocket.
These are the top five reasons why Keller Funnel breast augmentation is good for you:
- It prevents the implants from touching the skin.
The cone-shaped device allows the transfer of breast implant into the pocket without allowing it to touch the skin around the incision site, which is known to harbor bacteria that could lead to shell contamination and infection.
The narrower end of the cone is positioned about 1 cm into the center of the breast pocket before it is squeezed several times to propel the implant into its proper place.
According to studies, compared to finger-push implantation the use of Keller Funnel can reduce the risk of bacterial contamination by up to 200 percent.
- The technique lowers the revision rate.
With no implant contamination or “deep” infection, the risk of capsular contracture or tissue hardening can be minimized as well. The theory is that a low-grade infection triggers the body to “over-react” and produce a copious amount of collagen around the implant, eventually leading to visible deformity and pain.
- Shorter incision is possible.
The main appeal of saline implants, which are filled with sterile salt water once inside the pocket, is the use of smaller incisions, about 1.4 inches or sometimes even shorter. Nevertheless, their results are not as natural as the silicone implants, which are always prefilled by their manufacturers.
With finger-push method silicone implants require an incision usually longer than 2 inches, but with Keller Funnel device they can be introduced into the pocket through the same opening as required by saline implants, leading to a shorter and less conspicuous scar.
- It can significantly reduce the amount of force.
Excessive force applied to any portion of the implant could affect its long-term stability (i.e., more prone to rupture), which is often unavoidable with the use of finger-push method.
But with Keller Funnel, the force is efficiently redistributed around the implant shell at the time of insertion. As a result, the stability of the prosthesis is relatively unaffected after surgery.
- This breast augmentation technique can reduce tissue trauma.
The insertion of silicone implant with Keller Funnel on average only takes 10 seconds, which reduces surgical trauma and at the same time shortens the surgery by 10 to 20 minutes, as suggested by several studies.