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Charlotte, North Carolina

FACT: No other surgeon in North Carolina knows Gummy Bear implants like Dr. Capizzi. For nearly a decade, the doctor served among an elite group of surgeons – and the only one in North Carolina – in the FDA’s investigation of Allergan’s Gummy Bear, the Natrelle® 401. Dr. Capizzi has placed over one thousand Gummy Bears. His technique is precise and it shows in beautiful patient outcomes. Today, Gummy Bear implants from all three medical manufacturers – Sientra. Allergan and Mentor – are FDA approved. While this innovative implant is now more widely available, Dr. Capizzi remains the Gummy Bear expert.

“With FDA seal of approval in 2013, the Gummy Bear has quickly become the standard in breast implant surgery. This is well deserved. In my experience, the candidates for the Gummy Bear implant got the best implant available and, potentially, the best result I have to offer. This is a superior implant.” – Dr. Peter J. Capizzi

Dr. Peter J. Capizzi is an accomplished double-board certified, Mayo Clinic trained plastic surgeon with over 15 years of experience. Dr. Capizzi is also the undisputed Gummy Bear expert in North Carolina.

A definition is in order! Gummy Bear is a nickname for the fifth-generation form-stable cohesive gel implant. As you can surmise, four earlier generations preceded today’s Gummy Bear, which is exponentially improved. As the nickname suggests, the implant is form stable, which is key to preventing folds, wrinkles or ruptures over time. The Gummy Bear also mimics the feel of actual breast tissue. It is available in many sizes, shapes and textures, allowing for a very customized, natural and stable profile. Many experts believe the Gummy Bear is the best breast implant available today. Dr. Capizzi is among them.

Late in 2012 and early in 2013, the FDA approved Gummy Bear implants from three of the largest, most professional pharmaceutical companies in the world: Sientra, Allergan and Mentor. The FDA’s endorsements are good news for all women considering breast surgery. And, professionally, the FDA seal of approval is a victory for Dr. Capizzi too.

For nearly a decade, Dr. Capizzi has been the only North Carolina surgeon participating in a rigorous FDA coinvestigation of the Allergan Gummy Bear, the Natrelle® 410. During this time, Dr. Capizzi has performed hundreds of Gummy Bear breast surgeries and honed his technique. The cohesive nature of the Gummy Bear, the anatomical shape and the texture require an exact surgical technique – small incision, perfectly crafted pocket to accept the implant and often the introduction of Seri, a natural material that acts like an internal bra or scaffold, to insure precise positioning and a pleasing silhouette over time.

Dr. Capizzi finds that placement through breast crease or an inframammary incision is generally the preferred Gummy Bear placement technique. The Gummy Bear cannot be placed through underarm (transaxillary) or belly button (TUBA) incisions; the nipple areola approach is sometimes an option, depending on the size of the areola. With the optimum placement approach determined, during surgery Dr. Capizzi ensures that the implant fits like “hand in glove” to the pocket. This snug fit keeps the implant in place over time. Achieving this all-important precision fit is a specialized skill, not common among surgeons who have primarily placed traditional round gel implants

Gummy Bear implants from Sientra, Allergan and Mentor are the only form-stable gel implants available in the United States today. It is very important to note that not all cohesive gel implants are Gummy Bears. There are imposters. Because of his status as an FDA coinvestigator, Dr. Capizzi may access Sientra, Allergan and Mentor’s entire portfolio of Gummy Bears, offering patients over 100 options. As a result Dr. Capizzi is able to achieve a highly personalized, more natural and symmetrical look for his patients.

The Gummy Bear procedure can be done under sedation or general anesthesia. Typically, the breast implant procedure can take 45 to 90 minutes, depending on the patient’s history. After surgery, most women take ibuprofen and a low-dose narcotic. No special exercises or wraps are needed. Use of a surgical bra this is a matter of individual preference.

According to Dr. Capizzi, there are two hallmarks of a successful breast surgery: excellent medical care and a pleasing aesthetic result. Dr. Capizzi achieves both for his patients with the Gummy Bear implant.

The Stillwater Plastic Surgery website is designed to inform and educate. Schedule a consultation or call 704-655-8988 to learn more.

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