FDA Approves New Silicone Gel Breast Implant

Andover and Lowell, Massachusetts - Nashua, Salem and Manchester, New Hampshire

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new silicone gel-filled breast implant for use in breast augmentation and breast reconstruction procedures.

If you live in the greater Andover, Massachusetts, or Nashua, New Hampshire, areas and you’re considering breast augmentation or breast reconstruction, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George P. Chatson can help you determine the best breast implants for your unique needs and aesthetic goals; please call us at 978-687-1151 (Andover) or 603-882-2103 (Nashua) to schedule your personal consultation.

One June 14, the FDA announced its approval of a new silicone gel-based breast implant produced by Mentor. Known as MemoryShape, this model is one of the increasingly popular types of breast implants sometimes referred to as “gummy bear implants.”

The FDA approved these breast implants for use in breast augmentation in women ages 22 and older, and for use in breast reconstruction procedures for women of any age.

Some women prefer silicone gel-based breast implants over saline breast implants and standard silicone breast implants because they tend to more closely resemble the form and feel of natural breasts. These so-called “gummy bear implants” are filled with thick, cohesive, silicone gel intended to help the breast implants retain shape, volume and profile; these implants also feature a less-rounded, tear-drop-style design that more closely mimics the contours of natural breasts.

It’s important to note, however, that no single style of breast implant is the best option for every woman. Different types of breast implants come with their own advantages and disadvantages depending on your body type and cosmetic goals.

If you would like to learn more about your breast implant options in breast augmentation or breast reconstruction, please contact George P. Chatson, M.D., Cosmetic Surgery of the Face & Body to schedule your one-on-one consultation. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George P. Chatson welcomes patients from the Andover and Lowell, Massachusetts, areas as well as the Nashua, Salem and Manchester, New Hampshire, areas.