Are Gummy Bear Breast Implants Safe?
Although plastic surgery is a field that is ever-evolving, surgeons have to exercise caution when working with new treatments that have yet to show promising results. At Body Sculptor in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Otto Placik is always searching for innovative procedures and treatments for patients, but warns that sometimes, not all surgeries that make headlines are safe or ideal for all patients.
The latest new plastic surgery treatment to hit the market is called “Gummy bear” breast implants. Also known as “solid cohesive gel,” “cohesive gel” or “form stable” breast implants, this material is the latest in a long line of breast implants made using cohesive silicone gel. Manufactured by Mentor, Allergan and Sientra, the implants have already been used throughout Europe and other parts of the world for about 15 years. On February 22, 2013 the FDA approved a cohesive gel implant called the Natrelle 410, but is the implant a breakthrough or is it a danger to patients?
Natrelle 410 was created as an improvement to the 4th generation silicone gel implant, which was re-approved by the FDA in 2006 after being banned following a series of lawsuits. After extensive research studies concluded that silicone implants did not pose the risk some people claimed, the implants were reintroduced and have been successfully used ever since.
Compared with regular silicone breast implants, the “gummy bear” implants are firmer, and as their name suggests, have a “gummy bear” candy consistency, which allows them to feel more natural to the touch. The new implants can also be formed into stable shapes mimicking the natural teardrop shape of breasts and, according to manufacturers, will not leak if ruptured, making them safer than regular silicone gel implants.
But while the gummy bear silicone implants may seem to be superior to traditional implants, appearances can be deceiving. The new gummy bear implants have not received sufficient testing to render them safe for all patients and may not produce the same quality results that regular silicone gel implants may offer.
Additionally, patients should consider the fact that the incision site for cohesive silicone gel implants is longer, which would make the scar more visible. Minimizing the scar left behind from augmentation surgery is key for most breast implant patients, and the gummy implants may not be suitable for patients who are looking to have as little scarring as possible.
Despite the different opinions regarding the implants, it is important to view breast enhancement surgery as a procedure that is individual to the patient. One type of implant may work better for a patient, depending on their health, physiology, frame, and skin elasticity. Informing patients of their options and giving them a realistic idea of what to expect with the surgery will help ensure that the best decisions are made that will benefit them in the long run.
Dr. Placik offers patients both silicone and saline breast implant options and sits down with patients to determine their aesthetic goals and ideal implant choices. It is important to understand that some patients respond better to a more modest enhancement and others should gradually increase the size of their breasts to make sure their skin does not stretch too quickly.
Implant placement is also a critical aspect for ensuring optimal results. Some patients benefit most from implants that are placed under the pectoral muscle, while others respond better with implants placed above the muscle. Dr. Placik will help you determine what your best options are and will make sure you understand the pros and cons for each type of surgery.
If you have considered breast augmentation surgery in Chicago, turn to Body Sculptor today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Otto Placik and discuss your ideal breast implant options that will provide you with the most natural and feminine look possible.