Gummy Bear Implants: Are they right for me?

Written by Chuma Chike-Obi, MD, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon on May 8, 2014 4 Comments

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Breast augmentation is highly popular procedure performed by plastic surgeons. For many years, the only available options were either saline or traditional silicone devices. More recently, a newer option has become available in the United States – the ‘gummy bear’ implant.

What is a gummy bear implant?

Natrelle implant pic
(Natrelle 410 “gummy bear” implant)

‘Gummy bear’ implants (known medically as form-stable, or cohesive-gel implants) are filled with thicker silicone than traditional silicone implants. They are designed to mimic the natural slope and shape of the breast. The thicker silicone filling, which is similar to that of the popular gummy bear candy, allows the implant to maintain this natural shape. The outer shell of the gummy bear implant is textured, which prevents it from rotating abnormally after surgery.

What are the advantages of the gummy bear implant compared to traditional silicone?

The gummy bear implant is shaped like a normal female breast, which means that it will provide more volume in the lower portion of the breast, and a gentle slope to the upper part of the breast. Because the implant is filled with firmer silicone, there is less chance of noticeable rippling, which may be a concern when the breast tissues are thin.

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(Image via Cohesive Breast Implants)

What are the disadvantages?

The same firmness that provides the above benefits may be disagreeable to some women. Ensure that you are presented with a sample implant in your plastic surgeon’s office in order to get a better sense of this quality. The firm nature of these devices mean that a longer incision is necessary to place them, because they cannot be manipulated as readily during surgery into a smaller incision. Although these implants are textured to prevent abnormal movement after surgery, there is still a small risk of rotation. Finally, these implants are more expensive to manufacture than traditional silicone implants which translates into an added cost to you.

Is the gummy bear implant a good option for me?

Even though they are fantastic devices and represent a true evolution in implant technology, they are not for every woman. Conducting your own research using legitimate sources and consulting with your plastic surgeon will help you determine if you are a good candidate for form-stable devices. If you are interested in a natural look after your breast augmentation or after revision of your previous breast augmentation, ask your plastic surgeon if the gummy bear implant is right for you.

Update (January 4, 2022):

Since textured breast implants have been associated with a low risk of an uncommon and highly treatable type of lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), most plastic surgeons are not currently offering textured implants. The FDA does NOT currently recommend removal of textured breast implants in asymptomatic women.  

Smooth implants (silicone or saline) continue to demonstrate an excellent safety and satisfaction record and continue to be recommended.

Please reach out to us with any questions!

Chuma Chike-Obi, MD

Chuma Chike-Obi, MD completed a 6 year residency with the Division of Plastic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and Affiliate hospitals in Houston, Texas. Dr. Chike-Obi specializes in cosmetic surgery, including facelift, blepharoplasty, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and reconstructive breast surgery.

4 Responses to “Gummy Bear Implants: Are they right for me?”

  1. Avatar Lisa says:

    I was looking through some of your blog posts and I must say that they are great! Continue putting up.

  2. Avatar Georgia says:

    Great article, I’ve been considering gummy bear implants and you’ve help me make up my mind!

  3. Avatar Sandra says:

    I have had saline implants for approx ten years. I feel like they are dropping more than I would like. Would the new technology correct this?

    • WD Staff WD Staff says:

      Hi Sandra, Thank you for reading our post and submitting your comment. We are sorry to hear about the dropping you are experiencing. Firstly, we would encourage you to setup an appointment with a plastic surgeon to be evaluated. You may need new implants (i.e. implant revision surgery). If you are in the Austin area, please contact us!

      Cohesive gel implants may be a great replacement option, we have many patients who have transitioned from saline or normal silicone to gummy bear implants and are very happy with the outcome. Many say the look and feel is more natural.

      Thanks again,
      WD Staff

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