November 1, 2010
Every now and then a new invention comes along that makes me think: “I wish that I was the one that invented that!” So it is with the Keller Funnel. This new device, which I have been using for the past year for all of my breast augmentation procedures, is an amazing advancement in breast augmentation surgery. In addition to the improvement in my surgical results, two of the things that make it so amazing to me are its simplicity and ease of use.
Invented by Dr. Kevin Keller, a board certified plastic surgeon practicing in South Carolina, the Keller Funnel is a nylon funnel used to help squeeze the breast implants into the small spaces where they will stay. The device is similar to the icing funnels used by bakers to decorate cakes with icing. It is lubricated on the inside with a specially designed coating to help the implants slide through a small opening better. This is especially helpful when placing silicone gel implants which are already filled at the factory prior to insertion as opposed to saline implants which are placed prior to being filled. The Keller Funnel has a number of important advantages:
1. It really makes the “No-touch delivery technique” a reality. This means that the surgeon can avoid touching the implant or letting the implant touch the patient’s skin during insertion, and this significantly reduces the risk of contamination and infection. More importantly, we believe that the risk of capsule contracture, when a breast implant becomes hard and deformed, may be significantly reduced by using this device.
2. Incision lengths are significantly reduced as we no longer need to make longer incisions to fit an implant into the space. This means much shorter scars.
3. Together with shorter scars comes less trauma to the patients’ tissues, which helps improve both the quality of the scar, including discoloration and thickness, as well as decreasing the risk of capsule contracture.
4. There is less stretching force on the implant itself during placement, and this will significantly decrease the risk of implant rupture over time.
5. There is reduced surgery time and physician fatigue, and this means less time in the operating room, and a more efficient procedure reducing both risks and costs of surgery.
Just when we began to think that breast augmentation was straightforward and couldn’t be improved, along came a device like the Keller Funnel, which in my opinion has catapulted the procedure ahead dramatically. These are five very good reasons why I believe that the Keller Funnel is the “icing on the cake” for my breast augmentation patients, and five very good reasons why in addition to current board certification and extensive experience in breast augmentation, you should seek a surgeon who has experience with the Keller Funnel if you want to maximize your chances for a beautiful result.