The Keller Funnel™
The Keller Funnel is an invention by Dr. Kevin M. Keller. Using the Keller Funnel™ allows for the implantation of silicone gel breast implants via a no-touch technique. It has rapidly gained popularity since its inception in 2009.
The Keller Funnel™ can insert all silicone gel breast implant sizes up to 800cc, including gummy bear breast implants. They're even used for other types of implants such as calf implants and gluteal (butt) implants. There are many advantages to the Keller Funnel, and virtually no disadvantages, aside from the fact that you'll probably pay about $100 extra for it, which is nothing given all the advantages it offers.
No-Touch Technique - As mentioned earlier, the Keller Funnel™ allows the breast implant to never be handled by the surgeon, nor does the implant ever rub up against your skin during insertion. No matter how sterile your surgeon and the operating room are, it is always possible to get a minute amount of bacteria on the shell of the implant, particularly when the breast implant is being put into the pocket. Because the Keller Funnel™ elminates this risk, the risk of capsular contracture is also lessened. When bacteria comes into contact with the implant, it is possible for your body to have an inflammatory reaction. This can lead to capsular contracture, which almost always requires surgery to repair.
Short Incision Lengths - The Keller Funnel™ allows for shorter incision lengths. Since silicone gel breast implants are all prefilled, the larger the implant, the larger the incision needs to be. This device allows silicone breast implants to be placed through smaller incisions than would be possible without the funnel. In the video below, a plastic surgeon inserts a 550cc silicone gel breast implant through a 3.5cm incision. 3.5cm is the equivalent of just shy of 1.37".
Less Time in the Operating Room - The Keller Funnel™ not only allows a no-touch method of insertion, it can trim time off of the amount of time you are under anesthesia. In the video above it takes a little over 20 seconds to insert the implant. Some surgeons say that it can lessen surgery time for up to 10 minutes.
Less Trauma to the are of Incision - Since the implant is not being worked in manually through the incisoin (see video below), there is less trauma to the area. Less trauma means less soreness post-operatively.
Lessens the Risk of Infection and Contamination - Again, the virtual no-touch method the Keller Funnel™ offers less risk of the implant being contaminated, which reduces the risk of capsular contracture and infection.
How Does it Work?
The Keller Funnel™ is packed in double-pouched packaging. Once both pockets have been created for the implants, your surgeon opens the Keller Funnel™. This packaging is opened, and the funnel is cut along one of the markings on the narrow end of the funnel. These markings coincide with breast implant sizers. If your surgeon is inserting a 400cc breast implant, he or she will cut . Once this is done, the funnel is submerged in sterile solution. Breast implants are also packaged sterile, and The Keller Funnel™ recommends that the implant be kept in their original packaging until they are ready to be inserted. At that point, the funnel is held open, and the breast implant is poured into the funnel. Once the breast implant is inside the funnel, the tip of the funnel is placed inside the breast pocket. At this time, the surgeon will squeeze the funnel to push the implant forward into the pocket. (The funnel works much like a cake icing bag does when icing is squeezed out.) When the surgeon has completed insertion of the implants, the funnel is discarded. Only one funnel is needed for both implants.