Gummy bear implants are a popular breast implant choice for patients looking to undergo breast augmentation. These breast implants are called “gummy bear” because they are teardrop-shaped and have a silicone shell as well as a silicone gel filling. They are also very popular because they keep their shape better than other types of silicone or saline breast implants while remaining soft to the touch. In addition, the thickness of the gel allows gummy bear implants to retain their shape even if the silicone shell is broken.
In order to place the gummy bear implants, the surgeon makes an incision near the breasts so the gummy bear implants can be placed under the chest muscle or behind the breast tissue. They are tapered towards the top which means they have a greater projection at the bottom of the implants. In addition, they have a slope that descends steadily which is similar to the slope that is seen with natural breasts.
Thanks to their design and strength, gummy bear implants are less likely to rupture and/or leak than more traditional silicone gel or saline implants. However, gummy bear implants that have leaks are harder to detect than other types of breast implants. Patients should schedule regular physical examinations with their doctor to make sure their gummy bear implants are not leaking.
Since gummy bear implants are considered to be safer than other types of breast implants, they are an ideal breast augmentation option for patients that want to have more volume in their breasts as long as they are not pregnant or nursing. Patients should also be aware of the fact that silicone implants are only approved for patients that are 22 year-of-age or older.
Gummy bear implants serve the same purpose as other breast implants which is improving and enhancing the overall shape and size of the breasts of a patient. The surgeon might have to make a longer incision to place the gummy bear implants so there is a chance of scars that are visible after the surgery.
In addition, patients that want to address droopy breasts will not have this issue resolved by gummy bear implants. A breast lift is a better option to address the problem of visibly droopy breasts.
The cost of gummy bear implants is normally in the range of $6000-$12,000. The total cost depends on the area of the country where it is performed, where the gummy bear implants are placed in the patient, any fees charged by the doctor or the facility and the overall skill level of the surgeon.
Saline and silicone implants that are more traditional in shape have a round shape which means there should not be any issues with their placement and function if they rotate at some point in the future.
On the other hand, gummy bear implants are teardrop-shaped implants so they are thicker than the other types of breast implants. They are ideal for patients that want to have a more natural drop in the bottom half of their breasts and less fullness in the top part of the breasts. This also means that breast implants that have rotated out of place will be more noticeable since they will no longer be the same shape on each side. In order to prevent gummy bear implants from rotating or shifting, the shell of the gummy bear implant is normally textured which allows the tissue that surrounds it to grow into the implant.
Gummy bear implants also have a lower chance of capsular contracture occurring with the implants. Capsular contracture occurs when the tissue that is located around the breast implant become thick or tight at an abnormal level. This thickness or tightness can cause patients to suffer from pain and asymmetrical breasts.
Here are some additional risks of gummy bear implants:
It is important for patients to realize the results of gummy bear implants are not permanent. On average, female patients replace or remove their implants after about 10 years. The longer a patient has their breast implants, the more likely they are to experience some sort of side effects in the future.
Patients will also need to maintain a stable weight because significant changes in the weight of a person can cause the appearance of the breast implants to change.
Patients will enjoy less of a “round appearance” to their breast implants thanks to the teardrop shape of the gummy bear implants.
Gummy bear implants are viewed as being longer lasting than other types of breast implants. However, they can be more expensive than other breast implants so patients should be aware that their durability can come at a higher price. Patients should consult with their surgeon of choice to see if gummy bear implants are the best choice to achieve their desired results.