New England Plastic Surgeon Achieves IDEAL IMPLANT® Premier Status: Dr. Russell Babbitt Takes Time to Help Patients Make the Right Augmentation Choices

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 General News
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Dr. Russell Babbitt of Fall River, MA has been awarded Premier Surgeon status with IDEAL IMPLANT, a recognition provided to a very select group of surgeons based on their extensive experience with the structured breast implant technology.

FALL RIVER, Mass., Oct. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Dr. Russell Babbitt knew the IDEAL

IMPLANT® was a great option before he placed a single one.

"When I saw that the IDEAL IMPLANT was available, I sought it out," said Dr. Babbitt, a board-certified plastic surgeon who practices in Fall River, MA. "I had ten people on our schedule for the implant before I'd even placed one. At that point, I was thinking, 'This had better do a good job.'"

And it has. He reports the IDEAL IMPLANT is "a superior product to silicone from a purely aesthetic perspective." Dr. Babbitt's success with the implant is one of the primary reasons he has been awarded Premier Surgeon status with IDEAL IMPLANT, a recognition provided to a very select group of surgeons based on their extensive experience with IDEAL IMPLANT breast implant procedures.

Prior to offering IDEAL IMPLANT, many of his patients opted for saline implants because they believed it was a cheaper option, Dr. Babbitt reported. The IDEAL IMPLANT has become a "great option" for patients, especially those who may not choose saline because they'd heard it was not as natural-looking, or shunned silicone gel because of the uncertainty of possible "silent ruptures" and associated additional surgical procedures long term.

IDEAL IMPLANT is a third option in addition to traditional saline implants or silicone gel implants. The "structured breast implant" uses a series of shells nested together which are filled with saline, yet offers a more natural look and feel similar to silicone gel implants. Because of this unique nested design, the IDEAL IMPLANT has become a popular choice, Dr. Babbitt said. The baffled shells nested inside of each other allow the saline to move more naturally like breast tissue, which results in a more authentic feel and look.

When a silicone gel implant ruptures, it can only be detected by MRI, meaning a woman may not know for days, months, or years if her implant has ruptured. When silicone gel gets into the surrounding tissues, it requires a more complicated surgical procedure to remove. By contrast, when a saline implant ruptures, the saline (a sterile salt-water solution) is safely absorbed by the body and can be detected by simply looking in a mirror.

Recent survey findings showed that over 98% of women reported feeling concerned about silent rupture, including many women who already had silicone gel implants. When a rupture is detected, it can result in feelings of insecurity and anxiety, as it is not known how long it has been happening, or whether it could have been detected sooner. The worry and the reality of silent rupture can have an adverse effect on a woman's overall well-being, yet too many women are not provided all of the facts and long-term considerations before choosing their breast implant.

"What's blowing my mind is I always thought people mostly were choosing saline because it was the cheaper option, especially those living in less-affluent areas," he said. "That has not been the case at all. The IDEAL IMPLANT, in fact, is a bit costlier than silicone, and people are still overwhelmingly choosing the IDEAL IMPLANT to the tune of about 80 percent. So that's telling, in and of itself."

About Dr. Russell Babbitt Dr. Babbitt is a Plastic Surgeon in private practice in Southeastern Massachusetts, and is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. He offers the full scope of aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, body, and face, with a special interest in secondary aesthetic breast surgery, post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, and skin cancer reconstruction.

After receiving his Medical Degree from the University of Massachusetts in 2003, he continued at UMass Medical Center for internship and residency in General Surgery, and completed his fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery there in 2010.

In addition to his clinical experience, Dr. Babbitt has done research in the areas of microsurgery, human anatomy, limb reconstruction, complex models of wound healing, and abdominal wall reconstruction. Dr. Babbitt co-authored a textbook chapter as well as several journal articles, and he continues to present at regional, national and international conferences.

Dr. Babbitt is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the New England Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Massachusetts Society of Plastic Surgeons.

When not operating, Dr. Babbitt enjoys spending time with his wife and four young children, who are by far his greatest joy in life.

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About IDEAL IMPLANT Ideal Implant Incorporated is a privately held company that was founded in 2006 by Robert S. Hamas, MD, the plastic surgeon who invented the IDEAL IMPLANT. After years of dealing with ruptured silicone gel implants and listening to patient concerns, Dr. Hamas realized that women wanted a new type of breast implant—one that would combine the natural feel of a silicone gel implant with only saline inside for safety and peace of mind.

The unique design of the IDEAL IMPLANT provides a natural feel and youthful look—without using silicone gel. The IDEAL IMPLANT incorporates a series of shells nested together and two separate chambers that hold saline. Though made with standard implant materials, the IDEAL IMPLANT uses an advanced internal structure to control movement of the saline and support the implant edges to reduce collapse and wrinkling. IDEAL IMPLANT has undergone 10 years of development, testing and refinement—including contributions of clinical expertise from several board-certified plastic surgeons. IDEAL IMPLANTS were approved by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada in 2014.

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