Choice can be a wonderful thing, and thanks to long-awaited FDA approval of high-strength cohesive silicone gel breast implants, women have another option for breast reconstruction.
After widespread use in Europe since 1995, in Canada since 2000, and other countries for several years, these fifth-generation semi-solid “gummy bear” implants are now available in the U.S. by three manufacturers: Mentor (MemoryShape), Allergan (Natrelle 410) and Sientra (Silimed).
Gummy bear implants offer several advantages over saline and earlier-generation counterparts:
Gummy bear breast implants may be an improvement over older models, yet despite a high rate of patient satisfaction and reported lower problem rate, they are still subject to problems that are inherent to all implants:
So are highly cohesive silicone breast implants really better? That remains to be seen, and like most things in life, it depends on personal choice. Gummies may not be right for all women, but they do add another choice to the implant menu.