'Gummy Bear' Breast Implants a New Trend
But doctors differ on their safety
A new breast implant model, nicknamed the "Gummy Bear," will become the more popular choice for women who want cosmetic augmentation, if one doctor gets his way.
While the demand for cosmetic surgery has tripled since 1997, over time, many women experience leaking, sagging or hardening. They often have to return within 10 years since their procedure.
But the "Gummy Bear" is safer than a silicon implant, according to Dr. Grant Stevens who claims that the cohesive gel helps the implant keep its shape and are much tougher to rupture.
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After an 8-year trial involving 1,800 women, the FDA approved the new model, but the approval is contingent upon follow-up studies to make sure they're safe over time.
However, Dr. Garth Fischer, who appeared on 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians,' doesn't like the 'Gummy Bear' model, as he claims they mask a surgeon's lack of superior skill, one who can't create the desired shape on their own.