Dr.Peter Capizzi co-authors FDA audited “Gummy Bear” implant research

The future of breast augmentation and reconstruction in the U.S. is here: teardrop-shaped, a.k.a. “gummy bear” implants. Dr. Peter J. Capizzi, as part of his dedication to being at the forefront of scientific research and innovation for his patients, recently took part in a study comparing and evaluating two types of shaped implants. The CapizziMD practice was selected as the only investigative site in North Carolina for this study, which is audited by the FDA and a third party hired by the implant manufacturer every quarter.

“The “gummy bear” implant is a quantum leap in terms of post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, as well as natural-looking breast augmentation,” said Dr. Capizzi, a plastic surgeon based in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Whether the patient is hoping for a nipple sparing reconstruction, has breast atrophy post-nursing but is concerned about an unnatural-appearing augmentation, or simply wants an enhanced silhouette, the teardrop shape and gummy bear-like texture is a new option to consider, in fact, around two-thirds of my implant practice is using this option, with great results.”

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“I used to have saline implants, and the ‘gummy bear’ implants make me feel more womanly,” said Misty Dennis of Charlotte, NC, who is a patient of Dr. Capizzi’s. “They have more movement to them, and feel more natural.”

The CapizziMD practice uses shaped implants from Sientra, the first implant with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer, and the first to sell the implants only to board certified or board eligible plastic surgeons. Notes Dr. Capizzi, who is double board-certified in both general and plastic surgery by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, “Creating the ‘pocket’ for this implant in a way that ensures it doesn’t shift is an important aspect of the procedure and dependent on practitioner skill; to date, I’ve done over 1,700 of these procedures, and I strongly recommend that prospective patients considering this option seek out a plastic surgeon with that level of experience.”

“After doing research, I knew I wanted the “gummy bear” implants. Dr. Capizzi’s precision and surgical technique made recovery a breeze,” said Amber Bishop, of Charlotte, NC. “I was

out for a walk and dinner with my family the next day, and back to work by Monday. He did a wonderful job of making my breasts look proportionate and natural.”


About Dr. Peter Capizzi, M.D.

A nationally renowned, widely published leader in the field of plastic surgery, Dr. Peter J. Capizzi is regarded as the preeminent choice for surgeries of the breast and body, in addition to facial anti-aging and other cosmetic procedures including CoolSculpting and Mommy Makeovers. He has performed over 7,000 breast augmentations, with a patient satisfaction rate of over 90 percent, including over 1,700 of the innovative “Gummy Bear” shaped implants.

Dr. Capizzi is frequently recruited by world-class institutions, to author professional papers and as an investigator for FDA trials. Dr. Capizzi completed his plastic surgery training at the renowned Mayo Clinic and is double-board certified in both plastic surgery and general surgery. Since 2012, he has been named “Charlotte’s Top Doctor” annually, based on peer surveys, by Charlotte Magazine.