On March 1st, Sientra breast implants came back on the market. This is very exciting. It turns out that Sientra did not have to withdraw their product line from the market because all of the studies and investigations showed that there was no problem and that Sientra continues to have a tremendous product.
The number one problem associated with breast augmentation is breast implant capsule contracture. The rate of this problem for most breast implants in between 8% and 20% but the 8 year data for Sientra textured breast implants is just 2% to 4%. This is a very significant reduction in breast implant capsular contracture rates.
The highly cohesive breast implants that Sientra makes or “gummy bear” breast implants also have much less rippling than other implants. This is important because on complaint many thin women have is that they can see rippling in their breast where their breast implant is after a breast augmentation. This problem has been improving (saline implants has a lot of rippling) with each new generation of breast implants and the Sientra breast implants have the least of all of them that I have steen.
Finally, Sientra rupture rates are far lower than their competitors according to the 5 year studies that have been submitted to the FDA by all breast implant companies.
There is a saline implant that appears to be pretty good, the Ideal Implant, but unfortunately it is smooth and therefore has the breast augmentation capsule contracture rate as all the other smooth breast implants.
I am often asked about the advantages of texture and, besides the far lower breast implant capsule contracture rates seen especially with Sientra’s textured implants, the fact that these implants “Velcro” in or scar in place, is a huge advantage. It allows implants to be placed over the muscle. This way we avoid another significant problem that is frequently seen with sub-muscular breast implants: animation of the breast. This is when then breast implant deforms when the pectoralis muscle is contracted. By going above the muscle, we can also help with 24 hour rapid breast augmentation recovery as well.
Yes, there are a lot of reasons that I like Sientra implants and I am very glad they are back on the market.
This is a very cool video showing what a gummy bear breast implant is all about!!