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Allergan Inc., a U.S. based company manufacture a range of health and beauty products including breast implants; they are also well known for their botulinum toxin brand Botox and dermal filler range Juvéderm Ultra. Historically, as a company they acquired INAMED Aesthetics, formerly known as McGhan Medical and are now one of the leading suppliers in the world manufacturing a complete line of breast implants for augmentation and reconstruction surgeries.
Allergan`s collection of breast implants, The Natrelle Collection, is available in over 600 different variations, providing surgeons and patients with a vast range of implant and augmentation options in a range of shapes, sizes, heights and projections. Natrelle implants are also approved by the U.S. FDA.
The Natrelle Collection of breast implants and tissue expanders includes:
Natrelle`s implants are also manufactured with a unique barrier technology design that offers an extra layer of protection, minimising the chance of rupture and gel diffusion. The patented INTRASHIEL™ Barrier Technology is an additional barrier layer that sits underneath several layers of high performance elastomer, designed to improve shell integrity.
Natrelle implants can be manufactured with a smooth outer shell or a textured outer shell. BIOCELL™, Natrelle`s patented textured shell, was designed to give superior tissue adherence. In turn, this ensures that the implant maintains the proper position in the breast. In addition, clinical trials have also shown that the BIOCELL texturisation is effective in reducing the incidence of capsular contraction and implant rotation.
Every silicone gel-filled implant in the Natrelle range is manufactured with their patented TruForm™ silicone gel, which acts like a soft solid rather than a liquid. Cohesive silicone gel does not spill or move in the unlikely event of the implant rupturing, making it a safe option for patients.
Natrelle`s TruForm gel range comes in four different options, each offering a different look and feel.
Examples of Natrelle Inspira Round Breast Implants
Examples of Natrelle 410 Anatomical Breast Implants
Images reproduced with permission from Allergan UK.
A full range of Natrelle breast implants, including anatomically shaped implants, filled with saline are also marketed in the U.K. However, the company notes that more than 95% of breast implants used in Europe are silicone gel-filled.