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Monthly Archives: May 2012

What the heck is a gummy bear implant anyway?

What makes happy breasts?

Gummy bear implants are a slang term associated with the consistency of the silicone gel within the shell wall of a breast implant. Nowadays, Mentor, Allergan, as well as new US approved maker Sientra, produce various versions of cohesive silicone gel implants. The discussion about the implant that is best for any one patient and any one type of procedure, augmentation, revision, mastectomy reconstruction, is a relatively complex one and should not be oversimplified by the marketing implications of over hyping one gimmicky terminology.

So” gummy” just refers to the most firm of the cohesive gel implant materials. This does not mean the best at all…

Certain types of the most highly cohesive gels are packaged with shell walls which themselves are more firm and shaped and this does not necessarily make for the longest lasting best looking and feeling breasts!!

Shape primarily comes from careful evaluation, subsequent planning, and surgical execution. Also pre-existing breast and chest wall shapes play heavily in this.

See my web site, especially, the sections on augmentation, breast lift, reconstruction, and most importantly revisions, to see what I mean here. I have treated patients from all over the world. Don’t believe for one moment that implant gel consistency alone make the outcome or is more safe. All approved implants containing silicone gel have similar safety.

Good News Bad News!

first the good news…

Beth, our skin care specialist for the last four years, has announced she is getting married. We are all very happy for her and share her joy.

Now the bad news…

Beth is relocating to Rhode Island and unfortunately will be leaving Spiro Plastic Surgery. This is very sad and many many patients have shared their sadness with me. Beth has been fun, smart, compassionate, innovative and professional in her role as my lead skin care specialist over the years. She is recognized nationally by Obagi and Skin Medica for her accomplishments in skin care here at Spiro Plastic Surgery. She will be missed!

But wait, more good news…

As luck would have it we have been very fortunate to find a person as equally caring and as skilled as Beth to guide our patients in the future! Sonia Mace, comes with years of experience in skin care and has joined our team. Patients already adore her and she has a great relationship with Beth. So the transition has and will be a smooth one.

Please come to our open house on June 6th to celebrate these two fine professionals as one leaves and one begins!!

Promises to fill the needs of our patients who are seeking non-surgical facial & body regenerative skin care.