Every year, more than 300,000 American women undergo breast augmentation, which has become a billion-dollar industry. Since the dawn of silicone implants, the number of breast implant surgeries has tripled, according to ABC News.
For years, the next generation of high-strength silicone gel implants was only available to women willing to take part in clinical trials or head to Europe for surgery. Now the FDA has officially approved the Natrelle 410 Highly Cohesive Silicone-Gel implants for breast augmentation in NYC.
The company doesn’t officially call the implants “gummy bears,” but the textured silicone implants were given this moniker due to their texture outside the body and ability to remain solid even if cut in half. Many women seeking this procedure have already had previous breast augmentation with other implants, which some say felt “too watery.”
Surgeons say the firmer gel is less likely to wrinkle. It forms a nice full shape around the lower part of the breast, while tapering into a tear-drop up top – rather than a completely circular shape the whole way through. CBS News reports that these implants are “less prone to wrinkling and visible edges that other implants may cause.”
Breast cancer survivors who are undergoing reconstructive surgery will not need the implant to be fitted under the removed breast tissue. Some evidence suggests there is a lower risk of the patient developing a capsular contracture around the implant due to the texturing of the gel, says the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
“Disadvantages include potential rotation of the implant in which case the thicker part of the implant can distort the breast’s shape,” according to the ASPS. Also, because the gel is thicker, the incision needs to be slightly longer. Not every patient likes the firmer consistency.
Other than that, the safety profile and risks are all the same as other “form-stable” implant options offered by Sienta and Allergan. So far the product has been assessed in more than 1,000 clinical trial patients who tracked for eight years. Some people may not feel comfortable with a product that is still undergoing post-market studies, but having the procedure performed by an experienced, trained surgeon who understands how to work with the material is still the most critical consideration.
Leading New York breast implant surgeon Dr. Thomas Loeb offers this new silicone implant. He is renowned for his work on high-profile celebrities and his many TV appearances, but he also meets with ordinary women who want the best breast augmentation from a surgeon they can trust.
“Breast implant technology is constantly evolving to deliver more natural-looking results,” he explains. “Yet, what is ‘natural-looking’ for one person may not be natural-looking for another, which is why a confidential consultation with a surgeon is so important.”
Dr. Loeb is always on top of the latest developments in plastic surgery and will guide you through all the options to help you make the best selection possible. Call 212-327-3700 to schedule your private consultation.