CARLSBAD, Calif. - What is being affectionately called the "gummy bear" implant is being touted as a safer and more natural breast enhancement procedure.
You could say Jill Weber is a pillar of strength.
The 49-year-old Kensington woman has been diagnosed with breast cancer three times over the past decade but continues to wear an ear-to-ear smile because of something that cannot be seen.
"He just told me it’s going to feel better," Weber told 10News. "It's going to look more natural, which is what I want."
She is talking about the new breast implants she got last week. The implants are anatomically shaped, silicone-filled breast implants.
"The new implants that have recently come out over the last six months or so are what we call form-stable cohesive gel," said board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Brian Reagan. "A lot of patients know that by the term 'gummy bear.'"
Weber and her doctor discussed her options for her recent surgery and decided the new implants would best fit her needs.
"They are firmer, the shapes are different," added Reagan. "You can see it maintains what we think is a more natural shape, a more teardrop type of shape."
Days ago, Irvine-based Allergan received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market their version of the gummy bear-like implant, called the Natrelle 410.
It is cleared for use in breast enhancements for women 22 years and older and to rebuild breast tissue in women of any age.
"I could have gone the old-school way. I probably could have gotten saline if I really wanted to," said Weber. "But I wanted the one that's going to last the longest, look the best, and I don't want any more surgery."
With this new implant, perhaps she will not have to.
Although Allergan has received FDA approval, the company says it will still be required to conduct a series of studies on the long-term safety of the new implants. The decade-long study will follow approximately 2,000 women.