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New 'gummy bear' breast implant provides more natural look

Breast augmentation is the No. 1 cosmetic procedure for women in the United States, with at least 300,000 operations each year. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new and improved implant.

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Professional bodybuilder Kenyatta Jones-Arietta works hard on her physique. In order to look her best in competition, she's going under the knife for a third breast implant surgery.

“When I lean down, you can tell these are implants,” she said. “(I) want a more natural finish.”

The 40-year-old mother of three says this time she's trying the new FDA-approved breast implants. Doctors say the new cutting-edge implants give women a better option.

Dr . Michael Fiorillo, a plastic surgeon, said the new product offers “less chance of breast-implant rupture, less chance of rippling, which you can see with saline and sometimes silicone."

Fiorillo says the so-called "gummy bear" silicone implants look and feel more natural, and are likely to maintain their shape overtime.

"It was coined the term gummy bear because it has the consistency of a gummy bear," he said.

The surgery costs between $7,000 and $12,000. The risks are minimal and include bleeding and infection.

Jones-Arietta believes the new implants will give her the results she's been looking for, so she has more confidence when she competes.

"I'm hoping for a more natural look and feel,” she said.



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