Gummy Bear Implants: Are they right for me?
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?
‘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.
(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.
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