Recently, there has been a lot of news about the highly cohesive or form stable implant – also known as the “gummy bear” implant. Currently all the major manufacturers – Mentor, Allergan and Sientra have FDA approval for their version of this product. Each of these company’s products vary in the type of cohesive gel filling material, shape and surface texture of their implant. The basic principle is the same – creation of a filler inside the implant that is more solid than liquid (Figure 1), still maintains a natural feel and creates a naturally shaped breast. (Figure 2)
I am one of the original investigators of the Mentor® Memory Shaped™ highly cohesive implants. We are just in the process of completing our 10 year follow-up of patients. This Mentor® implant (Figure 2) was recently approved by the FDA for general use. In the correct patient – those seeking a “natural “ enlargement, these implants create a very attractive result and achieve that goal. In other patients with a certain amount of droopiness and the correct type of breast shape, these implants can even create an “internal lift” without the additional external scars required for a mastopexy (breast lift). See the photos below to see the kind of result that can be obtained with implants only, in a patient with a moderate amount of breast ptosis (droopiness)
It is important to remember that not everyone is a candidate for these type of implants – it depends on many factors including:
- The shape of your breast
- The looseness and droopiness of your breast tissue and skin
- Your desired size and appearance after surgery.
The best way to learn about these implants and to see if they are the correct product for your needs is to come in for a consultation and ask about them.