Highly cohesive silicone gel breast implants, otherwise known as gummy bear implants, are relatively new to the United States. However, other parts of the world have used them for over a decade. In this type of silicone breast implant, the particles are more cross-linked, which gives the implant the consistency and texture of a gummy bear. Gummy bear implants are slightly firmer than traditional silicone or saline implants, which have no real form stability. This allows them to be formed into a more natural teardrop shape and the implants maintain their shape after they are inserted.
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Changing the Cosmetic Surgery Landscape
Breast reconstruction and augmentation have changed greatly since the first modern implants were invented in 1961. One of the changes that have impacted breast augmentation is the creation of gummy bear implants. Researchers have made repeated efforts to improve the safety and effectiveness of implants by reducing any health complications or cosmetic problems that may occur over time. This type of implant was created to do just that. They are less likely to rupture and leak because of their more cohesive texture. They are also more likely to retain their shape if their shells are broken.
This type of silicone gel implant may also have a lower capsular contracture rate, one of the most common complications of breast augmentation surgery. Capsular contracture occurs when scar tissue forms around a breast implant. This fibrous tissue is painful, can harden over time, and may distort the appearance of your breast. To prevent rotating or shifting of implants after breast augmentation, gummy bear implants usually have a textured surface. This allows breast tissue around the implants to grow into them, holding them in place.
Are Gummy Bear Implants Right For You?
Gummy bear implants are a great alternative to saline or standard silicone breast implants. These can be used for women seeking breast augmentation or those who are undergoing reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy. These implants are better able to create a natural breast shape and they have lower risk factors for breakage and other health issues. Although they are denser than other implants, they are a good option for someone who is looking for less fullness in the upper part of the breast, as well as a more natural teardrop shape.
At Hess and Sandeen we understand that everyone’s body is different and every person has their own personal cosmetic goals. Because these implants are have a more natural form and come in many different shapes and sizes, patients have greater control in the outcome of the look they wish to achieve. These implants also do not lose shape under pressure. Older styles of implants, once inserted, can revert to a round shape because the surrounding skin and tissue put pressure on them. The internal structure of gummy bear implants means they do not have this issue.
Gummy Bear Implants by Hess and Sandeen
As with any type of surgery, breast augmentation or reconstruction has risks, so it is important to find an experienced cosmetic surgeon you can trust. At Hess and Sandeen, our patient-centered approach and experience make us an excellent choice for your breast augmentation. Our board-certified plastic surgeons and dedicated staff will work with you to achieve your personal health goals. We primarily use gummy bear implants, although some saline implants are available if you decide these are more suited to your desired look.