The big fuss about cohesive gel implants
The FDA has not really approved the use of cohesive gel implants till date. It is supposed to be used in a restricted environment, especially under the consultation of a cosmetic surgeon. It’ll be quite a few years before the FDA actually approves this process for the newest implants to enter the US market this is especially the case for breast augmentation surgeries.
However, there is a lot of information that has not been revealed regarding cohesive gel implants so far. For example, do they really look like real breasts?
Do the breasts feel the same or do they leave a lot of scars when compared to the traditional silicone gel implants? Or, is it better than the existing methods available?
Cohesive gel implants – different material?
First of all, cohesive gel implants, also called Gummy Bear breast implants are gaining popularity. They are called Gummy Bear breast implants because the texture resembles that of the popular Gummy Bear candy. They are actually made of solid gel and unlike the existing round implants, the filling material in these cohesive gel implants are solid and they don’t really move around within the implants as in the case of the current round implants. This is the difference between cohesive gel implants and the existing saline or traditional silicone implants, so it is also difficult to have motion within the breasts.
Cohesive gel implants – will it be expensive?
The cost of cohesive implants is yet to be clearly known. Many manufacturers are still looking at the FDA, the approval norms and the cost of manufacturing these devices combined, to be able to arrive at the total cost of such implants in the near future. On one hand the FDA could actually impose higher cost upon the patents and the permissions for this technology which would mean that the cost of such cohesive gel implants, and thereby the overall breast augmentation cost, could rise significantly. On the other hand, if this is not the case then it could easily compete with the traditional saline or silicone implants that are available today.
The other thing to be noted about cohesive gel implants is that it cannot be inserted through a small incision. As mentioned earlier, it is a solid mass of gel and therefore cannot be squeezed to push through a small incision. Naturally, the large incisions will almost automatically leave a scar on the breasts. This may actually go against favor for cohesive gel implants unless there is another way to remove those scars completely. Again, if the gel implant were to change positions within the breasts after insertion, then it would give a significantly deferential look to the breasts – these will look very awkward. However, it is a known fact that to avoid this type of changing positions, the cohesive gel implants have a textured surface on its exterior covering.
At this point gel implants are not easily available and as such it is just being talked about as a possibility that will be introduced in the near future. However the FDA will have to look in detail into various aspects of this technology, the pros and cons and the cost and benefits and side effects, before they actually start implementing this technology or approve it in the first place. At this point, cohesive gel implants is still in the clinical trial phase and will take some time before it sees the light for commercial use.