What Makes Gummy Bear Implants Different Than Other Implants?
Until recently, women considering breast augmentation only had the choice of silicone or saline implants. Now women can also choose FDA approved high-strength cohesive gel silicone breast implants, more commonly known as “gummy bear” implants. This type of implant features a silicone that is more of a solid than a liquid. If the implant is cut in half, it will retain its shape and not leak. Before selecting these form-stable implants, there are a few advantages and disadvantages to consider.
Advantages of Gummy Bear Implants
- Their Shape Holds: These natural-looking breast implants will not ripple or fold. They also do not change shape when standing up or lying down.
- No Leaking: Gummy bear implants will not rupture because they are solid.
- Superior Comfort: While these implants were being studied, most patients who had previously received breast implants said that they could feel their saline implants all the time but did not feel the gummy bear implants. There is also no sloshing sound with gummy bear implants, which is common with liquid implants.
- Less capsular contractures: Gummy bear implants are textured, which minimizes the chance of developing a capsular contracture.
Disadvantages of Gummy Bear Implants
- Small Sample Size: Since this type of implant is so new, not much is known about their longevity.
- Potential for Distortion: It is important to choose the right shape implant. Gummy bear implants are only available in a teardrop shape, so if they happen to rotate, the breast could look distorted.
- Cost: As of right now, gummy bear implants are more expensive than traditional silicone or saline implants.
- Scar: These implants feel more firm than traditional cohesive gel silicon implants, but due to this additional firmness they require a longer incision.
Schedule a Consultation at Boulder Plastic Surgery
If you have been considering breast augmentation and would like to know more about gummy bear implants, be sure to set up a consultation at Boulder Plastic Surgery by calling (303) 578-4193. Dr. Kuisle and Dr. Hartley are both members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and would be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have.