'Gummy bear' breast implants just approved by FDA

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 7 at 2:29 PM

PHOENIX -- A new breast implant just approved by the FDA is offering women another alternative when considering breast augmentation.

It's been nicknamed the "gummy bear implant", because like the candy, it's soft, but holds its shape.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Daniel Shapiro explained to Kaley O'Kelley what makes it so different from silicone implants. "They're fantastic, but there are are limitation to them," he says, referring to silicone implants. "There are not that many shapes for a particular size of implant."

Silicone implants are also tear-drop shaped, and the top of the shape can lose volume when the woman stands up. They also don't maintain their shape as well.

The "gummy bear implants" hold their shape. "If you were to cut the this with a knife, you'd have two separate halves, and they'd be soft but they'd hold the shape."

The new implants were just approved in the United States by the FDA last month.

"They leak less. They hold their shape better. They tend to fold less," Dr. Shapiro says. "Basically, they look and feel more natural."

But the so called "gummy bear implants" aren't for everyone. "Since they're firmer, if someone has some laxity in their breast, some droopiness, it really won't hold their shape as well in that breast," Dr. Shapiro explains.

The best candidate is someone with little or no breast tissue, or has some asymmetry in their breast.

Dr. Shapiro says the new implants offer more choices in shape. "There are actually 12 different configurations in each size," he says.

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