Dr. Christopher Craft is dedicated to staying abreast of the most cutting-edge innovations and technology to enhance his patients’ plastic surgery procedures and results. One device that has helped improve breast augmentation surgery is the Keller Funnel, an FDA-approved medical device that Dr. Craft uses to place silicone breast implants.
Learn more about the Keller Funnel and its advantages in this blog post.
What Is the Keller Funnel?
The Keller Funnel is a sterile conical-shaped device that resembles a pastry bag. During breast augmentation, Dr. Craft inserts the tip of the device through the surgical incision. He then places the pre-filled implant into the Keller Funnel, gently pushing and squeezing it through and into place within the breast pocket.
Because silicone implants are pre-filled, they traditionally require a longer incision than saline implants, which are not pre-filled. With the Keller Funnel, Dr. Craft is able to create smaller incisions, similar in size to those used with saline implants. Smaller incisions means less visible scarring, which is especially advantageous to women who are prone to scarring.
Shorter Procedure and Faster Healing
In general, the Keller Funnel technique results in shorter surgeries. And because the device minimizes the amount of trauma on the breast tissue and uses shorter incisions, the recovery process is also reduced. Patients who undergo breast augmentation with the Keller Funnel usually experience an easier recovery that involves less post-op pain than those who do not.
Less Risk of Infection
With the Keller Funnel, Dr. Craft can use a “no-touch” sterile approach to breast implant placement. The device prevents the implant from coming into contact with the skin, minimizing the risk of infection. Experts believe this “no touch” technique also reduces the risk of capsular contracture, a complication that occurs when the internal scar tissue hardens and forms around the breast implant.
Longer-lasting Breast Implants
The Keller Funnel has a slippery coating that requires less force when positioning and placing the breast implant. This reduces the amount of stress placed on the implant shell, and the risk of the implant rupturing or weakening and needing to be replaced.
To learn more about the Keller Funnel or breast augmentation with Dr. Craft, please schedule a consultation. Contact Christopher Craft Cosmetic Surgery by calling (305) 596-9700 today.