What’s New In Breast Implant Technology?

Written by Chuma Chike-Obi, MD, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon on June 15, 2015 12 Comments

new breast implant options

It’s been said that medical knowledge doubles every seven to ten years. In a field as innovative and exciting as plastic surgery, the rate is likely even more impressive. The relationship between technological advancements and what we are able to offer our patients will only continue to strengthen. Nowhere is this more evident than in the specialty of cosmetic breast augmentation, a procedure that relies significantly (but not entirely) on a man-made device for successful outcomes. Below are some exciting advances in breast implant technology.

Gummy bear implant

First available for cosmetic breast surgery in 2012 in the United States, shaped cohesive gel implants (popularly called ‘Gummy Bear’ Implants) are designed to stay in place due to its textured surface, and appears to have a lower rate of capsular contracture than the other available devices. It is appropriate for women looking for a more natural-looking augmentation, and very stable long-term results.

breast implant before and after


  • Surgeon: Dr. Chike-Obi
  • Patient Height/Weight: 5’2’’ Weight: 120lbs
  • Implant Type: 310cc cohesive gel anatomic (gummy bear) implants
  • Pocket Type: ‘submuscular’
  • Incision Type: Inframammary

B-Lite Implant

This device promises to be 30% lighter than currently available silicone implants. This is accomplished by using microsphere technology to disperse tiny, hollow beads throughout medical grade silicone. Since the beads are hollow and weigh less than silicone, the result is a lighter implant with the same volume. Theoretically lighter implants will decrease the amount of ‘wear and tear’ the breast tissues sustain over time after breast augmentation, as well as decrease stress on the breast tissues during physical and leisure activities. This hypothesis has merit; however long-term studies that demonstrate clinical benefit are currently unavailable.

This device is not yet available in the United States.

IDEAL Implant

This is a new type saline implant that is designed to feel more natural than all previously available saline implants. It has a series of internal shells that are connected such that sloshing around and bouncing of the saline is minimized. Two-year clinical trial results were submitted to the FDA before approval was granted.

This device was approved in the United States and Canada in November 2014 but is not commercially available as of this writing. Whether this device will be able to reverse the specialty’s trend towards silicone-based breast augmentation remains to be seen.

Update (January 4, 2022):

Since textured breast implants have been associated with a low risk of an uncommon and highly treatable type of lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), most plastic surgeons are not currently offering textured implants. The FDA does NOT currently recommend removal of textured breast implants in asymptomatic women.

Smooth implants (silicone or saline) continue to demonstrate an excellent safety and satisfaction record and continue to be recommended.

Please reach out to us with any questions!

Chuma Chike-Obi, MD

Chuma Chike-Obi, MD completed a 6 year residency with the Division of Plastic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and Affiliate hospitals in Houston, Texas. Dr. Chike-Obi specializes in cosmetic surgery, including facelift, blepharoplasty, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and reconstructive breast surgery.

12 Responses to “What’s New In Breast Implant Technology?”

  1. Avatar Melvin says:

    Very interesting post, I was unaware of these new implants. I’m helping my girlfriend do some research and I’ll be sure to pass this along!

  2. Avatar Kim says:

    Interesting post Dr. Chike-Obi!

  3. Avatar Danette says:

    Im interested in saline implants and have been doing some research on it and i came across the Ideal Implants. Does the Ideal Implant have rippling or wrinkling like the saline as being reported as one of the issues

    • Hi Danette,

      The Ideal implant is expected to perform more like a silicone implant than a traditional saline implant. This means that it will have less rippling than a traditional saline implant.

      Please let us know if you have any further questions. You can call our office at 512.615.3280 to schedule an individual consultation!

      -Dr. Chike-Obi

  4. Avatar Robyn says:

    Are ideal breast implants available

    • WD Staff WD Staff says:

      Hi Robyn, thanks or reading our post and for your comment. Currently the Ideal implant is being offered in limited trials in the U.S. (this is done by a panel of 45 plastic surgeons who served as investigators for the study). Hopefully the trials will go well and the Ideal Implant will have a wide release in 2017!

      • Avatar Yolanda says:

        The ideal implant is being offered in the US. Just got off the phone with a physician’s office staff in La Jolla California who confirmed that they are currently working with Ideal Implant devices. Dr. William Umansky 1(858)550-9697. If anyone can tell me where B-Lite Implants are being offered in the United States please submit a comment. Thank you so much.

  5. Avatar gaia says:

    I need implants replaced. Is it possible to join the study?

  6. Avatar Valerie says:

    Is there such a thing as an internal bra that goes over the implant and is intended to hold the implant like a bra you wear under your clothes…it holds them in place and high…is this a product that is out there now?

  7. Avatar Brian says:

    I want something like silistring implants that are legal

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