New "gummy-bear" breast implants scrutinized by many

January 31, 2011

New "gummy-bear" breast implants scrutinized by many

A new type of breast implant that was initially expected to be approved by the FDA has recently come under scrutiny. The firmer type of implant, known as "gummy-bear" implants, have many medical professionals concerned, according to The Orange County Register.

Gummy-bear implants earned their nickname because of their consistency, which is similar to that of a gummy candy. Developers hoped that the new material would be less likely to leak, as the gel inside the implant would remain intact even if the exterior casing is sliced or perforated.

Many doctors question the new implants, particularly because it is not known how long they will last once they are put in. Additionally, the implants cannot be inserted through a small incision like other conventional methods, and instead surgeons would have to make a larger incision, typically at the crease of the breast.

Other medical professionals note that the price of the implants is significantly higher than the cost of regular, FDA approved breast implants.

Currently, plastic surgeons offer their patients implants made of saline or silicone. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic surgery, saline implants are filled at the time of surgery, allowing them to be inserted in a very small incision. Silicone implants are also popular as they are known to be bio-compatible, reliable and flexible. 

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