The breast implant debate isn’t as simple as saline vs. silicone. There’s actually a special type of silicone implant called the gummy bear breast implant that first received FDA approval in 2012. Since then, these implants have become increasingly popular with breast augmentation patients. Keep reading to learn how gummy bear breast implants stack up to your other implant options.
What Are Gummy Bear Breast Implants?
Gummy bear breast implants consist of a silicone outer shell filled with thick silicone gel. Compared to regular silicone implants, the gel in gummy bear implants is far more viscous. In fact, these implants retain their shape when cut, much like gummy bear candies. Because of this characteristic, you may also hear them referred to as form-stable or cohesive gel implants.
The gel inside of these implants can’t leak out even if the shell ruptures due to age or wear.
Saline implants, on the other hand, deflate when they rupture. This can lead to very noticeable breast asymmetry. Plus, gummy bear implants have unique qualities that offer natural results.
Pros and Cons of Gummy Bear Implants
Gummy bear implants are a fantastic way to achieve fuller, shapelier breasts. However, it’s important to weigh their benefits and drawbacks when deciding if they’re right for you.
Cohesive silicone implants offer advantages such as:
- A more natural look and feel
- Superior shape retention
- Lower leak rates
- Lower rates of capsular contracture
- Less implant movement
- A lower chance of visible rippling or wrinkling
However, there are disadvantages, including:
- Longer incisions than saline implants
- Higher costs than traditional implant types
- Harder to detect a rupture (imaging tests are required)
Are You a Good Candidate for Gummy Bear Implants?
Gummy bear implants are a safe and effective option that have helped many women achieve their breast goals. If you are interested in implants that look and feel natural, won’t deflate if ruptured, and have a lower incidence of complications such as capsular contracture and rippling, cohesive gel implants could be the perfect choice for your breast augmentation surgery. Schedule a visit with one of The Skin Center’s specialists to get started. During your initial consultation, our plastic surgeons will make recommendations based on your unique needs. We will gladly determine if form-stable breast implants are an appropriate choice.
Find Out If Gummy Bear Implants Are Right for You
Gummy bear implants offer an exciting and relatively new way to enhance the appearance of your breasts. Learn more about the cost, safety, and longevity of these implants during a consultation with our team. Plus, discover if cohesive gel implants are a good match for you.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation. The Skin Center has surgical centers in both Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio for your convenience — with our Columbus location under the direction of board-certified plastic surgeon Fernando Colon, MD.