After 10 years in practice I am finally getting around to starting a blog. I think this can be a great way to relay information as it pertains to all things cosmetic surgery.
One thing that has been on my mind a great deal lately is the new-ish ‘gummy bear’ implant. This is also often referred to as a ‘shaped’, ‘anatomic’ or ‘tear drop’ implant. These implants are slightly firmer than the standard ‘smooth, round’ options that we as plastic surgeons have been using for the past 10 years or so. However, this new design allows for much greater control (in my hands) of the final breast shape. For some types of patients this can actually help to achieve a far better result than the standard round implants. A great example of this is in our photo gallery.
Not only do I feel we can achieve a better breast shape for many cases, but, I also feel that the special surface of these implants (called ‘texturing’) helps prevent implant related complications such as bottoming out, high riding position, lateral drift and ‘capsular contracture’ (which is where the tissues around the implant can get hard). Because of this I am predicting that by 2016 I will be using close to 100% textured implants. In cases where we feel a round implant would be better than the tear drop design I will be offering a textured round device as my preferred option (for the reasons listed above). Stay tuned for my next blog post coming up soon!