B-Lite implants are the product of 10 years of research, development and extensive testing. The proprietary design enables considerably reduced implant weight of up to 30% less than traditional silicone breast implants, while maintaining the desired shape, feel and volume of the augmented breast. B-Lite Lightweight breast implants were CE approved in 2013 and were commercially launched in 2015, initially in Europe and Israel.
All materials used in the production of B-Lite implants are well documented, safe, inert, biocompatible, and have a long history of use in medicine.
B-Lite implants use a standard silicone shell filled with the B-Lite gel. The weight reduction of up to 30% compared to traditional implants is achieved by filling the shell with microsphere enhanced cohesive, medical grade silicone gel. The B-Lite microspheres are inert, high-purity hollow borosilicate microspheres. The high-tech microspheres are very reliable and have been used by NASA to reduce weight of the protective ceramic tiles on the Space Shuttle and for buoyancy for deep sea submersibles. The microsphere enhanced silicone gel has an excellent safety profile and characteristics, offering significantly less weight while providing a natural look and feel.
The shell of the implant is exactly the same shell used in the manufacture of traditional silicone implants. A German manufacturer with over 25 years of breast implant experience produces the shells, which have been used successfully in hundreds of thousands of women over the years; their safety is very well documented.
Why was B-Lite developed
Breast weight has been shown to contribute to back pain and poor posture as larger and thus heavier breasts contribute to an increased thoracic kyphosis (rounded back) and an increased lumbar lordosis (overextended spine). This can become more problematic as we age as the incidence of osteoporosis increases, and a slouching posture is more permanently detrimental as the porous bones get compressed and start to wedge increasing the rounded back posture.
Also, since breasts are basically glands, tissue and fat and are not supported by a lot of connective tissue, they move a lot and suffer the effects of gravity. As we age, the integrity of our elastic tissues decreases so the weight of the breasts will contribute to this becoming more apparent with time as is seen with sagging breasts and poor aesthetic satisfaction.
Gravitational forces on the augmented breast, directly proportional to implant weight, expose the breast tissue and suspensory ligaments to mechanical stress, consequently translated to dynamic creep deformation. Dynamic Creep Deformation is the ongoing change to the tissue of an augmented breast due to the constant forces exerted on the tissue by the implant. Long-term and often permanent tissue deformities have been reported, with clinical implica- tions including breast tissue atrophy, accelerated ptosis, sensory loss, and inframammary fold breakdown. Contrary to long-standing dogmas, breast implant weight, rather than volume, is the factor triggering these post-operative complications and side-effects. A lightweight breast implant will enhance patient safety and comfort by reducing the gravitational forces on the breast tissue and skeletal frame.
How was B-Lite developed
B-Lite lightweight breast implants were developed by G&G Biotechnology Ltd. The company is dedicated to improving the quality of life of women who undergo breast augmentation or reconstruction surgery by reducing the weight of breast implants.
Dr. Jacky Govrin-Yehudain, a leading plastic surgeon with decades of experience in breast augmentation surgery, wanted to reduce the side effects experienced over time by women with augmented breasts. Having realized that the weight of breast implants was a major cause of many of the side effects, he asked his brother Dael Govreen Segal, a prominent biomedical engineer to develop a lightweight breast implant that would exceed both patients and surgeons’ expectations.
Dael pulled together a multidisciplinary team of doctors, biomedical engineers, chemists and biologists to develop the world’s first lightweight breast implant and almost 10 years later B-Lite lightweight breast implants were introduced.
A new era in Breast Enhancement Technology
“B-Lite is the most significant advance in breast implant technology for 30 years since cohesive silicone gel was first introduced. “
Christopher Inglefield FRCS (Plast), London