New Type of Breast Implants Popular with Charlotte Women
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Susan Williams was one of the first women in Charlotte to get highly cohesive silicone gel breast implants, also known as "gummy bears." Four years ago, she agreed to participate in an FDA study of the new devices. She says, "They're about as natural as you can get to the real thing."
Williams got breast enhancement surgery because she lost 95 pounds and wanted to re-claim her figure. For her, going with gummy bears was an easy decision. She says, "It's a good description of them. You don't have to worry about them being punctured, about leaking."
Gummy bear implants do have advantages. Dr. Peter Capizzi of Stillwater Plastic Surgery says they may last longer than traditional implants and, "They have more cross linking at a molecular level, so they're thicker, hold their shape better."
The gummy bears also have the lowest rupture rate of all implants. But there is still a possibility of contracture. And during the FDA study, investigators found cracks in some of the implants, a problem unique to gummy bears.
Women in Charlotte want the new devices. Capizzi says, "They all know about it. The Carolinas is one of the hottest areas for gummy bears nationwide."
As part of the FDA study, Williams had follow up visits with her surgeon every six months. She's had no problems and was happy to learn the government approved the gummy bear implants. She says, "I think it's great, great for women who choose to go that way."
Gummy bear implants are comparable in price to traditional silicone implants. Capizzi says they are especially effective for women undergoing reconstructive surgery.