Which Is The Better Implant: Silicone Gel Or Cohesive Gel?

Silicone gel implants have long been the favored implant when it comes to breast augmentation surgery in the United States. But there is a new implant in the U.S. market that is causing quite a stir: the cohesive gel implant. Which is the better implant?

Despite the controversy and even outright banning of silicone gel implants by the FDA, silicone implants are the most requested implant for women in the United States who undergo breast augmentation surgery. Most people believe this is because the silicone gel implant feels better in the hand and mimics real breast tissue better than any other implant. But there is a new implant on the market threatening to take the limelight away from silicone gel implants. It is called the cohesive gel implant (better known as the Gummy Bear Breast Implant because of its texture and consistency which closely resemble the popular candy of the same name). Which implant is the better choice for your breast augmentation surgery? This article will discuss the major differences between both of these implants.

It is extremely difficult to detect a ruptured or leaking silicone gel implant. The FDA currently recommends a bi-annual MRI to help detect a damaged implant. An MRI is a costly procedure that is not covered under medical insurance. In this respect, a silicone gel implant is quite expensive if you consider the cost of every MRI a woman must undergo in the years ahead. Because cohesive gel implants are made from a solid mass of gel, they can’t rupture; at least that’s what evidence collected from around the globe suggests. The lack of liquid filler in a cohesive gel implant makes them impervious to leakage because there is nothing to leak, therefore no risk of liquid contamination into the body. Of course, none of this information is yet recognized by the FDA as they are still conducting their own clinical trial of the Gummy Bear Implant.

Do you enjoy scars? Probably not; few people do. Anyone undergoing plastic surgery probably doesn’t appreciate scars either. Silicone gel implants are pre filled with their silicone gel, which means they require a large incision in order to be squeezed past the skin and into the breast. Cohesive gel implants, because they are not made with a filler but rather a solid mass of gel, are even more difficult to place inside the body. Gummy Bear Implants typically require larger incisions than silicone gel implants, and are therefore prone to larger scarring. Of course, modern techniques have reduced the potential for scarring to the bare minimum regardless of which type of implant you choose. But if scarring is a large concern for you, silicone gel implants might be the better choice.

While there are many more differences between the implants, the biggest difference is cohesive gel implants are not yet approved by the FDA. Any woman who wants these fancy new implants for her breast augmentation surgery will need to apply for the clinical trials. Not everyone is accepted. And if she is accepted, she will need to agree to many years of follow-up appointments with her breast augmentation surgeon. On a good note, if she is accepted into the clinical trial, she will be reimbursed for most if not all of her surgery costs.

Are you curious about the cohesive gel implant? Would you like to learn more? The best source of information is to speak directly with a board certified breast augmentation surgeon that is participating in the FDA’s clinical trial. If you are more interested in the traditional silicone gel implant, you can speak with any board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation surgery. Good luck with your research!

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Category: Womens Interest
Keywords: silicone, gel, saline, comparison, breast, implants

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