There’s More to Gummy Bear Implants

breast implantsIf you’re considering breast augmentation with Diamond Medical Spa and Vein with Dr. Yates, you’ve probably already done a fair amount of research. Of course, one of the decisions you’ll make, should you choose to go forward with augmentation, is the type of implant. Formerly, patients chose between saline and silicone implants, but in the past few years another choice has become available, gummy bear implants.

Just as implants have improved over the past 20 years, so has the silicone that is used to fill them. All silicone implants sold today feature a more cohesive silicone gel than in any of the implants sold in the 90s. There are many different levels of cohesiveness in the gel, but at the top of that scale are “gummy bear” implants, which feature the most cohesive gel.

What are gummy bear implants?

Some people wonder why these implants became known as “gummy bear implants.” The name comes from the dense consistency of the silicone gel of these highly cohesive implants. Surgeons began calling them gummy bear implants and the name stuck. These implants retain their shape even when they are cut, much like a gummy bear does.

What are the pros of highly cohesive implants?

Most silicone implants have been round. Instead of a round shape, gummy bear implants are intended to mimic the natural shape of the human breast. These implants are made in a teardrop shape that gives more fullness to the lower breast and tapers towards the upper part of the implant. This shape is more like a natural breast, plus it resists the effects of gravity and aging more effectively.

There is a belief that the highly cohesive gel used in gummy bear implants is more akin to the feel of a natural, younger breast when compared with softer silicone and saline implants.

Another advantage to highly cohesive implants is that they seem to be very resistant to folds or wrinkles developing in the implant shell. This is because the gel doesn’t shift and move within the shell. While there are not yet any long-term studies since gummy bear implants only came on the market in 2013, it is thought that this lack of movement and the lower chance of rippling and folding (which is where most implant ruptures occur) could lower the chances of these implants rupturing. But only time will tell.

Early evidence also points to a lower rate of capsular contracture, the condition where scar tissue forms around the implant creating a tightening that eventually requires removal and replacement of the implant. The increased firmness of the implants is thought to possibly be behind this trend, but again it’s too early to say for sure.

What are the cons?

Diamond Medical Spa patients need to remember that these new highly cohesive implants are still new to the aesthetic industry. Still, their drawbacks appear to be few. Price seems to be the main drawback of gummy bear implants. The cost is several hundred dollars higher per pair than conventional implants.

Also, because their shape cannot be compressed or re-formed to fit through the incision, gummy bear implants require a longer incision to be placed. This creates a bigger scar, obviously, and can limit the option of armpit insertion.

Gummy bear implants are a great new option for women seeking augmentation. As with any procedure, do your homework first. Once you’re ready, call us at Diamond Medical Spa & Vein, (563) 275-4701, and schedule your consultation.

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