Gummy Bear Implants are here!

Gummy bear implants have finally been approved for the US market. They have some advantages and some disadvantages when compared to standard silicone gel implants. The biggest advantage is that they don’t actually “leak” like gel implants, but that is because they are firmer than regular gel implants (like gummy bear candy is firmer than pudding). They are also much more expensive. It remains to be seen if these implants will ever become as popular as gel implants.

Are PIP silicone breast implants safe?

In general, silicone gel breast implants are safe. However, a French company, PIP, manufactured an implant that was available outside the United States which felt very soft, and was used by many plastic surgeons. Now, it appears that this implant was filled with an industrial grade silicone (rather than medical grade), and has a very high rupture rate (as high as 11% rupture per year) when compared to the standard silicone gel implants approved for use in the United States (appx 1% rupture per year). It is not fully known if the impurities of an industrial grade silicone could cause medical problems, but the consensus is that these implants should be replaced with standard silicone implants. If you had your breast augmentation performed in France, England, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, or other countries, you should contact your doctor to determine the type of implant used, and if your implants should be changed to another implant.
In California, we have some patients considering cosmetic surgery in other countries because it might be less expensive, but this decision, which could have lasting implications, must be made carefully.
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Do Breast Implants Cause Cancer?

After a scientific review of millions of patients, the FDA is examining a possible correlation between breast implants and a rare form of lymphoma (ALCL). Only 60 cases were found in this large number of patients, but it was enough to spark interest and further study. When counseling my patients, I emphasize this is NOT breast cancer, and this may not turn out to be a true correlation, but I will keep them posted. No need to worry or lose sleep, but call me if they notice any unusual pain, swelling, or lumps (which they know to do anyway). Dr. Prescott

Are Gummy Bear Implants Available in Walnut Creek?

A Gummy bear implant is a new type of breast implant that is available outside of the United States, but currently has NOT been approved by the FDA for general use in the U.S. We don’t know yet what advantages or disadvantages these implants will have compared to our current silicone gel implants, but it seems they may feel firmer, much like a gummy bear candy feels firmer than pudding.
Plastic surgeons have been told for YEARS that this implant would be available soon, but it still has not been approved. When patients ask me if they should wait for this implant, I tell them we really don’t know if it will be better or not, and we certainly do not know when they will be available. Over the last 25 years, I have seen many “new, better” implants come and go, so it is best to stay with the implants that we have approved today until we really have more information. And for more information on breast implants, please visit my website at

Walnut Creek Breast Augmentation

Dr. Prescott has submitted his expert interview for Bizymom’s website, giving information about breast augmentation. Please follow this link: Bizymom’s Walnut Creek Breast Augmentation to read his interview, and go to his website to read more.

Walnut Creek Breast Reduction

Bizymom’s , a website devoted to issues concerning women, has chosen Dr. Prescott as a Walnut Creek expert plastic surgeon. Visit their website at this link: Bizymom Breast Reduction to find out more about this popular procedure.

Walnut Creek Capsular Contracture

Capsular contracture is one of the most common complications following breast augmentation. This tightening of the scar around the implant can occur with both silicone gel implants and saline implants. Many treatments exist, but the only truly effective way to fix this problem is to remove the implants and scars around them, and put in new implants. This is explained in Walnut Creek Breast Enhancement and Walnut Creek Breast Reconstruction.

Walnut Creek Breast Implants

Breast augmentation using either silicone gel implants, or saline filled implants is a safe procedure with an extremely high satisfaction rate when performed by a talented plastic surgeon. Implant selection is an important step in the decisions a patient makes regarding this procedure. Follow this link: walnut creek breast augmentation to understand how Dr. Prescott helps you chose the right breast implant.