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More women get 'gummy bear' breast implants

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Professional bodybuilder Kenyatta Jones-Arietta works hard on her body. 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. Want a more natural finish," she said.

The 40-year-old mother of three says this time she's trying the new Food and Drug Administration-approved breast implants.

Doctors say the new, cutting-edge implants give women a better option.

"Less chance of breast implant rupture, less chance of rippling, which you can see with saline and sometimes silicone," said Dr. Michael Fiorillo, a plastic surgeon.

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," Fiorillo explained.

Breast augmentation is the number one cosmetic procedure women have in the U.S., with 300,000 operations each year. The surgery costs $7,000-$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.

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

So she can build more confidence when she competes.

This type of breast implant has been around for about five years, but the FDA just approved them for use in the U.S. this spring.

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