Keller Funnel Technique


As the aesthetic medicine field continues to progress and as surgeons and researchers continue to refine techniques, new treatments are developed that offer increasingly safe and effective results for patients looking to meet their aesthetic goals. These treatments and techniques are often used in tandem with other procedures to produce superior results for patients. The Keller Funnel or No TouchTechnique is one of these techniques. This FDA-approved technique allows for smoother, more effective placement of implants, helping to ensure that results are optimal. Benefits of this technique include smaller incision size, reduced risk of infection, reduced risk of capsular contracture, reduced risk of implant rupture or damage on insertion, and a shortened procedure time. This technique is an excellent option for patients looking to optimize the process of receiving implants. Dr. Aya-ay will use the Keller Funnel for placement of all silicone implants in order to reduce risks and provide better long term results.

What is the Keller Funnel Technique?

The Keller Funnel Technique is a recently-developed method of inserting implants, designed to expedite the process and ensure quality results. The Keller Funnel is a device that can be likened to a cake decorating bag in appearance. After an incision is made, the pre-filled implant will be removed from its original packaging and placed directly into the Keller Funnel with touching the implant. The tip of the device can be easily inserted into an incision. The funnel has a slippery internal coating, minimizing the potential for damage to the implant and ensuring longer-lasting results. The implant can then be transported through the funnel and into the patient’s body. With this No Touch Technique, the implant never touches my gloves, the instruments, the sterile gauze and sterile towels or even the patients skin.  This procedure has substantial benefits and therefore Dr. Aya-ay uses this technique in all silicone implant cases.

Melanie L. Aya-ay, M.D.


Dr. Melanie Aya-ay is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Tampa Bay with over 15 years of plastic surgery experience specializing in cosmetic surgery, reconstructive breast surgery and minimally invasive techniques for facial and body rejuvenation.  She is known for her skill and excellence in revision surgery, specifically for difficult breast surgery revisions.  Dr. Aya-ay is an Allergan Medical Institute (AMI) National Trainer for Facial Aesthetics and AMI National Speaker for Plastic and Regenerative Medicine.  She is honored to be the first female surgeon to hold this dual faculty position with Allergan.

Dr. Aya-ay is the CEO and owner of Melanie L. Aya-ay, MD Plastic Surgery as well as Vivia MedSpa, an elite luxury medical spa in North Tampa.  Her practice and her team have been built on the values of honesty, integrity, education, safety, and providing comprehensive aesthetic care with natural results.  Your consultation with Dr. Aya-ay will be an educational experience so that you can be assured that you are making the choices that are best for you. Our staff will provide all the assistance needed to help you navigate through the process for a successful Plastic Surgery experience.


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To learn more about the Keller Funnel Technique or other potential options, schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Aya-ay. A consultation is a chance to collaborate to decide what procedure or treatment would be best suited for you and your needs. To schedule your consultation appointment, contact our Tampa practice today.

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