If you’ve been doing some research on breast augmentation, you’ve obviously been weighing your options between saline and silicone implant types. While technically silicone, a new type of implant came on the market roughly five years ago, the highly cohesive implant. These are colloquially known as gummy bear implants. Here’s some information on these newer implants.
What is a gummy bear implant?
Unlike older silicone implants, which were filled with a liquid form of silicone, today’s silicone implants are filled with gel. Gummy bear implants feature a thicker gel than other options. These implants retain their shape, unlike other implant choices, because the gel is thicker than traditional silicone implants. In addition to “gummy bear implants,” they are also known as cohesive, form-stable, or highly cohesive. These terms denote the attributes of these implants made by three companies: Sientra, Allergan, and Mentor.
Cohesive silicone gel
There is some misunderstanding about what “cohesive gel” breast implants are. In reality, all silicone implants sold today use a more “cohesive” silicone gel than implants from the 80s and early 90s. Only the most cohesive, i.e. thicker, are deemed to be “gummy bear implants.” To get an idea of the density, if a cohesive implant is cut in half, there is no gross movement of gel, and the implant maintains its shape. In fact, the gel in these implants tends to want to stay together, rather than separating and flowing outward.
Gummy bear implants also are only available in teardrop shapes. This is closer to the shape of the natural breast, which projects more at the bottom than at the top. The teardrop shape is thinner at the top, filling out more at the bottom. This shape maintains itself due to the thicker nature of the cohesive gel.
All gummy bear implants are textured. This texturing increases friction and helps keep the implants from rotating. This is very important because these implants are different at the bottom and the top, so maintaining their position is a necessity.
Because gummy bear implants have only been on the market for roughly five years, obviously there are no long-term studies about their rupture rate and such. Like any implant, they can rupture, although the gel tends to stay close to the implant. Rippling is far less prevalent with cohesive implants than with traditional silicone implants, although this is usually related to how much tissue is atop the implant.
Be sure to include gummy bear implants with your research when considering breast augmentation. And if you have further questions, simply call us at Diamond Medical Spa & Vein, 563-275-4701.