Gummy Bear Implants

Gummy bear breast implants are silicone-gel implants with a strong outside lining that keep the gel from leaking out. The gel inside the implant sticks together if it is broken or ruptured. They are also known as form stable implants because of the shape and firmness they give to the breast. An incision is made near the breasts and gummy bear implants are placed behind the breast tissue or under the chest muscle. Gummy bear implants are usually tapered toward the top while having more projection at the bottom. The implants are teardrop-shaped with a textured surface. Gummy bear implants have a steady descending slope which is similar to that seen with natural breasts.

Women with smaller levels of breast tissue are ideal candidates for gummy bear breast implants. Women who have experienced the removal of their breasts as a result of cancer are also candidates for gummy bear implants as the shaped form of the implant can help create a shape that was never in existence. As a rule of thumb, the ideal candidate for cosmetic breast surgery must be over 22 years of age because the breasts are still developing until that age. However, candidates for reconstructive breast surgery may however be younger if the doctor determines the surgery is necessary.

The cost of gummy bear breast implants ranges from $6000 to $12,000. The final cost varies according to the placement of the implant, any fees charged by the facility or the surgeon, the surgeon’s level of expertise, the geographic location of the procedure and if any another procedures are performed at the same time.

Immediately following the procedure, the breasts have light gauze dressing and tape over the incisions. Patients will wear a surgical bra or sports bra throughout the recovery process. Discomfort can be expected for a few days but, 3-4 days after surgery, patients return to their normal routine while avoiding heavy lifting or strenuous exercise. Gummy bear breast implants last as long as 15 to 20 years. Around 20% of women have to remove them within 10 years as they are susceptible to breast distortion which can occur if loose tissue occurs in an implant. Their semi-solid nature also means they need a large incision during the placement process and are prone to fracturing.

Gummy Bear Implants

submitted on   Fri Sep, 11, 2015 by Tracy Pfeifer, MD     
One of the more popular breast implant choices is gummy bear implants. The phrase “gummy bear implants” pertains to Sientra brand implants. Most patients are not aware of that and think gummy bear implants refer to any teardrop-shaped implants. Gummy bear implants are also known as cohesive gel1