FORM-STABLE GUMMY BEAR BREAST IMPLANTS
The new product on the market is the “Gummy Bear Implants.” The FDA has approved the three United States companies—Mentor, Allergan, and Sientra—to distribute these breast implants.
These implants’ goal is to replicate a natural breast in making them form-stable, heavier at the bottom, and shaped like a teardrop. The implant is firmer, and this is what holds the shape. If the breast implant is cut in half, it will keep the exact shape without spilling out of the implant shell. These reasons are why this type of breast implant is commonly called a “gummy bear implant.”
As with all breast implants, they have advantages and disadvantages. The obvious benefit is that it mimics the natural breast’s shape, giving more volume at the breast’s bottom. Because of the firmer silicone composition of this implant, it results in less wrinkling. Some women want to have a firmer breast. There are textured implants to hold the orientation.
The disadvantage is the potential for implant rotation, which will cause the breast shape to distort. The incision needs to be larger to accommodate a firmer breast implant. Some women do not like the firmer consistency.
The bottom line is the form-stable breast implants give plastic surgeons and their patients another option when considering breast augmentation in Sonoma County and Marin County.
The first few hours after your breast augmentation in Marin County are spent in the recovery room. When the patient is fully alert, she will be able to go home with a friend’s or family member’s assistance. It is essential to sleep with the head and back elevated to reduce the swelling in the chest. Two days after surgery, the patient may remove the bra and any dressings to take a shower. The bra—and, if used, the compression band—should be put back on immediately after showering. There will be instructions given for suture care.
The discomfort after surgery is mild to moderate. The pain and discomfort are more noticeable if the patient has had the breast implants placed underneath the muscle. These patients will notice more tenderness and fullness around the chest region until the muscles stretch and adjust to the breast implants’ presence. This process takes a few days, and the prescription muscle relaxant is very helpful for this.
The recovery period is approximately two weeks in length. Once the bruising and tenderness are gone, the patient can return to normal activities.
It is strongly recommended that patients avoid lifting anything of significant weight for at least two weeks following surgery.
Most patients can drive a car and return to work and social activities within a week. However, strenuous exercise should be avoided for four to six weeks following surgery, as it can increase swelling and discomfort.
During this early post-operative period, the patient is ideally seen three days after her surgery. If you live in Sonoma County or Napa Valley, we can recommend nearby hotels to limit your travel time. The patient will be instructed in breast massage techniques to soften and relax the breast implant pocket at this visit. Ultimately, this massage regimen’s conscientious practice daily can reduce the risk of encapsulation in the future.
About seven days after surgery, the sutures are removed. Subsequent appointments will be scheduled at two weeks, six weeks, and three months. For any of these post-operative appointments, the patient can be seen at either Dr. Delgado’s San Francisco office or his Marin County office.
Like New York City, San Francisco is home to one of the largest and most famous urban parks in the country. Golden Gate Park is a natural landmark of San Francisco with features like botanical gardens, lakes, waterfalls, and embellished sites like statues, museums, and windmills. It’s also home to a variety of events and exhibitions hosted by local art museums and institutions. Golden Gate Park is located only three and a half miles from Dr. Miguel Delgado’s practice in downtown San Francisco and 26 miles from Dr. Delgado’s practice in Novato, Marin County.
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