New Line of Silicone Breast Implants Launched by Allergan in Canada
On the five-year anniversary of the approval of silicone gel-filled breast implants in Canada, Allergan Inc. today introduced INSPIRA® — a line of next generation round gel-filled breast implants that provides Canadian surgeons with even greater choice. The INSPIRA® range was developed to address surgeons’ need for additional innovative breast implant products that offer a customized fit and natural looking results in terms of shape, size, texture and projection (or profile) to complement a woman’s unique body.
“The INSPIRA® range speaks to Allergan’s commitment to science-based innovation in the medical aesthetics category,” says Stu Fowler, President & General Manager, Allergan Canada. “Allergan has been a leader in this space for over two decades and we continue to assess, as well as respond to the needs of plastic surgeons using our products, and the needs of Canadian women interested in breast augmentation.”
Recent findings from the National Plastic Surgery Survey of 300 Canadian women, between the ages of 22 and 59, suggest that 87 per cent of women would like to change at least one part of their body.1 Of the parts identified, breasts are the second leading feature that women would like to change after the stomach.2 In fact, 13 per cent of Canadian women have considered or are currently considering breast implant surgery, with women between the ages of 22 and 34 being seven times more likely to entertain the option of the procedure as compared to their older counterparts.3
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation is the number one requested plastic surgery procedure in the United States.4 In addition, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery estimates that breast augmentation accounts for roughly 20 per cent of all cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the United States with over 60 per cent of these using gel-filled implants.5
“Breast augmentation surgery has grown in popularity since silicone gel-filled breast implants first came to market in Canada,” says Dr. Julie Khanna, one of Canada’s leading cosmetic plastic surgeons and author of the book, Timeless Beauty. “Surgeons are looking for implant options that provide the best, individualized custom fit for their patients. A woman’s relationship with her breasts is quite personal, so options like the INSPIRA® range are an important development for plastic surgeons today because they allow us to offer a more natural looking, tailored result.”
The INSPIRA® range offers over 300 next generation round, smooth and textured breast implant options, and has been available to patients outside Canada since 2006.6,7
According to the National Plastic Surgery Survey, Canadian women cite improvement in self-esteem (34 per cent) as one of the key motivating factors to undergo a plastic surgery procedure.8 Forty-eight per cent say that whether the surgery will look natural impacts their decision to pursue the procedure.9
Silicone gel-filled breast implants were approved for use in breast augmentation, reconstruction and revision surgery in Canada in 2006.10 Following this milestone, Allergan launched the NATRELLE® Collection in 2007 as the country’s first recognizable brand name for Allergan’s wide range of high-quality gel-filled and saline-filled breast implants for Canadian women seeking this type of surgery.
Women looking for more information about the NATRELLE® Collection and INSPIRA® range or to find a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon are encouraged to visit www.NATRELLE.ca.
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