Atlanta Plastic Surgeon Explains the Different Types of Breast Implants With Recent FDA Approval of Natrelle 410 Cohesive Gel Breast Implants

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With the FDA’s recent approval of Allergan’s new cohesive gel breast implants, Dr. Joseph Bauer of the Swan Center for Plastic Surgery near Atlanta GA explains the different types of implants now available to women seeking breast augmentation.

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While these ultra cohesive implants are not for everyone, women now have several options for augmentation: saline, silicone and cohesive gel breast implants

Women have been talking to their plastic surgeons about the new cohesive gel breast implants for years, even giving them the nickname “gummy bear” implants. The nickname refers the solid-sticky nature of the implants gel material. This type of implant is made of a more solid, ultra cohesive type of silicone gel than previous silicone implants.

These breast implants have been available to women worldwide, but in the United States they have been available only as a participant in Food and Drug Administration trials. However, the recent FDA approval of Allergan’s Natrelle 410 implants has made the cohesive gel breast implants available to all breast augmentation patients.

Dr. Joseph Bauer of the Swan Center for Plastic Surgery, Atlanta GA, was a select plastic surgeon involved in the FDA trials, and is now please to offer these implants to his patients.
“While these ultra cohesive implants are not for everyone, women now have several options for augmentation: saline, silicone and cohesive gel breast implants. Cohesive gel implants are firmer, form stable type of silicone gel. A major advantage is that the cohesive gel is more solid than silicone implants currently on the market. This means they will not leak even if the shell has ruptured,” explained Dr. Bauer.

Early versions of silicone breast implants from 20 years ago, had a tendency to rupture and then leak silicone into the body; the FDA banned those implants. Saline implants were just as likely to rupture and leak, but saline is a safe, naturally occurring chemical in the body.
In 2006, the FDA, reassured by physicians, trials, manufacturers and the long term success with European patients’ silicone implants returned to the market and were authorized for anyone over the age of 22. With the recent approval of cohesive gel implants, silicone implants are even safer than before.
The highly cohesive gel material used in these implants gives it both its advantages and disadvantages.

Because of their more form stable shape, cohesive gel breast implants cannot be squeezed into a tiny incision area. The implant requires a larger incision area and is usually inserted under the breast fold to hide the incision.

These new ultra cohesive implants require a high level of surgical skill and experience. Swan Center for Plastic Surgery is a leading practice in the United States for breast augmentation volume, and their surgeons are all board certified and helped implement the FDA trial studying the cohesive gel implants. Patients should look for this level of qualifications in the plastic surgeon they choose for their augmentation.

Dr. Joseph Bauer and the surgeons at the Swan Center for Plastic Surgery are eager to help women considering breast augmentation surgery understand the types of breast implants available to them. With FDA approval of the “gummy bear” implants women now have the opportunity to a safe and natural-looking, tear drop shaped implant.

About The Swan Center:
The Swan Center for Plastic Surgery is a leader in the aesthetic industry specializing in surgery of the breast, body and face.

The Swan Center for Plastic Surgery’s on site operating facility, Alpharetta Aesthetic Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization; and is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, focusing on patient safety and quality of care. The plastic surgeons at The Swan Center are board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, among a multitude of further professional accomplishments.

Swan Center for Plastic Surgery
4165 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 200
East Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 667-0904 or 800-816-1057

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