FDA approves Sientra high-strength silicone gel breast implants
By Stuart B. Kincaid, MD FACS
Sientra high-strength silicone gel breast implants, known by some laymen as “gummy bear” implants for their singular shape retention, have been used successfully for approximately 30 years outside the U.S. Recently, the FDA officially approved these implants for cosmetic breast augmentation and breast reconstruction within the U.S., sparking a potential trend in cosmetic plastic surgery toward rounder, stronger and more natural looking breast implants. According to ABC News, the FDA approval, issued in March 2012, makes high-strength silicone gel breast implants available outside of clinical trials for the first time to local patients. With concern over rupture-prone breast implants on the rise, it is likely that demand for high-strength silicone alternatives will increase as patients grown more familiar with the potential benefits of these high-strength cohesive silicone gel implants.
The benefits of high-strength silicone
The phrase “gummy bear” implants originated with European silicone gel products, which are somewhat thicker but otherwise similar to the Sientra implants. While neither Sientra nor the FDA representatives recognize the “gummy bear” description, there is a distinctive difference between high-strength silicone gel and other implants when it comes to shape retention. Because the new Sientra implants are made with a more viscous gel than other products, they are more cohesive and thus perhaps less likely to rupture or leak throughout the breast tissue. In addition, Sientra breast implants come in smooth, textured, moderate and high projection versions, as well as round shaped versions. These features result in a greater projection of the breast – a clear advantage for women looking to correct very small and/or sagging breasts resulting from pregnancy or weight loss.
In the wake of the recent PIP implant scandal, noted in a past column, many breast augmentation patients are eager for an alternative to conventional silicone implants. Of course, as with any plastic surgery procedure, breast enhancement using high-strength silicone implants is not for everyone. Only a board certified plastic surgeon can accurately and safely recommend silicone breast implants. However, in many cases, high-strength silicone gel implants offer a more natural-looking and leak-resistant option for breast augmentation surgery, Mommy Makeover surgery and other cosmetic surgery procedures. In addition, the warranty on these new Sientra silicone breast implants meets or exceeds the warranties offered by the other two U.S approved silicone gel breast implant manufacturers.
New FDA approved silicone gel implants with a premier San Diego plastic surgeon
At the Stuart B. Kincaid plastic surgery offices, located in San Diego/La Jolla and Temecula/Riverside County, we offer Sientra high-strength silicone gel breast implants under the supervision of a board certified plastic surgeon. At this time, Sientra silicone gel implants are exclusively available to board certified plastic surgeons, ensuring the strictest possible standards for safety and success. To learn more about breast augmentation surgery in Southern California for patients throughout San Diego County, Orange County, Los Angeles, the Inland Empire and beyond, contact our offices at (858) 450-4199 (San Diego) or (951) 695-9934 (Temecula), or visit us online today: www.skincaidmd.com.
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