Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Wrapped Around StethoscopeAt the University of Akron in Ohio, Judit Puskas, Ph.D. and her team have developed a new breast implant as part of GE’s Healthymagination Challenge that can protect against breast cancer. The implant can actually detect and destroy cancerous cells. This is great news for prospective patients and surgeons who work with breast revisions. Women may soon have a great alternative to traditional implants. Dr. Puskas has been working in collaboration with Steven P. Schmidt, Ph.D. of Summa Health System in Akron to develop this breakthrough innovation for medical application.

“Implants made with saline or silicone do not last forever,” says Dr. Eichenberg of Renuance Cosmetic Surgery Center. “Many women who have augmentation or reconstruction surgery will need to schedule a consultation to check on their breasts after five to seven years. The creation of a polymer implant may be the next stage in the development of a healthier, more long lasting implant.”

Currently, there are three major manufacturers of implants in the US: Allergen, Mentor, and Sientra. These companies create both saline and silicone models for breast augmentation. Riverside women will need to wait for a new option. The polymer implants would have to be an approved by the FDA before patients can take advantage of this option. Summa Health System, in conjunction with the university, will be developing a prototype over the next one to two years.

“I am very excited to hear about the improvements to implants that will help women restore and maintain breast health over time,”€ says Dr. Eichenberg. “I am cautious to offer new options to my patients until enough studies and trials have proven their safety and effectiveness.”

If you’re considering surgery now, you can consult with Dr. Eichenberg about your implant choices for a breast augmentation. Riverside women can visit for more information or call for a consultation at the Renuance Cosmetic Surgery Center.