Breast Augmentation Using The Keller Funnel

By Chuma Chike-Obi, MD July 11, 2017 4 Comments

The Keller Funnel

Breast augmentation has come a long way since the first silicone breast implants were invented and inserted in 1962 in Houston, Texas by Dr. Frank Gerow and Dr. Thomas Cronin. Since that groundbreaking procedure, we’ve experienced several innovations that have allowed us to continually improve the quality of our patients’ results. One of those innovations, the Keller funnel, will be discussed in this piece.

What is the Keller funnel?

The Keller funnel is a brilliantly simple invention that allows for the implantation of silicone gel breast implants using a no-touch technique.  It is basically a cone-shaped sleeve (kind of like a pastry bag) with a slick inner coating that allows the implant to slide in a near friction-less fashion.

(Warning: The video above contains actual procedure footage)

Why is this important?

Before 2009, all breast surgeons struggled to place breast implants through small incisions. You can probably find several YouTube videos demonstrating this.  This approach was problematic for several reasons. First, it prolonged the time of surgery. Second, it was traumatic to the patients’ tissues.  Third, the risk of implant damage increases dramatically. Lastly, and most crucially, the implant’s contact with the skin is high, and this is directly correlated to an increased rate of capsular contracture.  Capsular contracture is a thickening of the usually thin layer of collagen (called a capsule) that forms around all inserted breast implants.

(Image courtesy of Keller Medical Inc.)

Do all plastic surgeons offer the Keller funnel?

Since the benefits of this device are so clearly evident, it is my opinion that all plastic surgeons should incorporate the funnel into their breast augmentation practice. Be sure to ask about this during your consultation. Also, be sure to visit our breast augmentation blog (https://www.westlakedermatology.com/category/breast-augmentation/) for additional information.

 


Chuma Chike-Obi, MD

Chuma Chike-Obi, MD completed a 6 year residency with the Division of Plastic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and Affiliate hospitals in Houston, Texas. Dr. Chike-Obi specializes in cosmetic surgery, including facelift, blepharoplasty, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and reconstructive breast surgery.


4 Responses to “Breast Augmentation Using The Keller Funnel”

  1. Cherronte says:

    Hi. Wanted a price on the Keller Funnel. Thanks

  2. WD Staff WD Staff says:

    Hi Cherronte,

    Thanks for your inquiry! The exact cost can vary greatly and is determined by many factors including the type of implant you are considering. I’ll have a Representative contact you via email to provide more information!

    Thanks,
    WD Staff

  3. Chiagozie says:

    Hi. I will also like to know the cost of the keller funnel

    • WD Staff WD Staff says:

      Hi Chiagozie,

      Thanks so much for reading our post and submitting your excellent question! Unfortunately its pretty impossible to give you a specific price for the procedure, as there are many more variables that determine total cost (implant type, surgical technique used, etc.). Your best bet is to get an in-person consultation with a skilled plastic surgeon. They will be able to go over treatment options with specific pricing given your specific needs/goals.

      Please give us a call to setup a consultation if you are in the Austin area!

      Thanks,
      WD Staff

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