July 11, 2012
-- Silicone implants are no longer a novel option for breast augmentation. After the approval for use in the United States, there has been an ever-increasing number of patients for this surgery every year. By 2011, FDA approved the new implants that had been coined “gummy bear” implants due to its consistency and texture.
“If you removed the shell covering, the silicone inside would retain its shape. I got tired of explaining to patients that they’re sort of like Jello—which, when you cut it in squares, holds its shape. One day I just said, ‘They’re like gummy bears.’" Dr. Grant Stevens, a plastic surgeon in California, told Allure magazine.
Gummy bear implants are basically cohesive silicone gel implants which have a similar rubbery consistency to gummy bear candies. For over ten years, surgeons in the UK have used these implants for augmentation. In the US, only the Silimed brand of gel implants has been approved for general use. More studies and clinical trials are being conducted to prove the safety of other cohesive gel implants before they can be mass-produced.
According to a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr Gary Motykie of http://www.breastaugmentationofbeverlyhills.com/
, “Gummy bear implants are now the new hot option in breast augmentation and women prefer it over other implants”. Other implants that have been used over the years are silicon and saline breast implants.
These new implants are described as “squishy but not runny”. The primary advantage of this type of implant is its ability to retain its shape even if the protective shell is ruptured. The teardrop shape of the implants mimics the natural shape of the breasts. Surgeons are also stipulating that they can make a custom shape for their patient’s specific body type to achieve better proportion.
However, as expected, the price of these new implants is more expensive compared to other types. The surgical incision required for these implants are also larger as they cannot be easily pushed through a small incision unlike saline implants. The firmness of cohesive gel implants can also be a disadvantage for other patients who prefer to have a more bouncy pair inside their shirts.
Breast augmentation is very popular that even non-specialists venture into this lucrative industry. Board-certified plastic surgeons strongly advise patients that they check the credentials of the doctors first before going under the knife. Reports of botched breast surgeries are all over and even celebrities have fallen victims to these erroneous procedures.