Saline or silicone or gummy bear? There’s a new type of breast implant available and its shaking up the breast augmentation industry. If you haven’t heard of these implants, you’re not alone. Although they’ve been FDA-approved for breast augmentation since 2013, many women haven’t heard of them. We are excited to offer these implants to our breast augmentation patients, along with traditional saline and silicone implants.
What Are Gummy Bear Implants?
Gummy bear implants are actually a type of silicone implant. Like a traditional silicone implant, they feature an outer silicone shell. With gummy bear implants, its what’s inside that counts. They are filled with a cohesive silicone gel, much thicker than found in a standard silicone implant. As the name implies, gummy bear implants feel quite a bit like a gummy bear. They are quite a bit firmer than other implant types.
What Are the Advantages of Gummy Bear Breast Implants?
Each type of breast implant has unique advantages. Gummy bear implants aren’t the right fit for every patient, but those that choose them, often do so for the following benefits:
- Hold Shape– Gummy bear implants are firmer and it is believed that they will hold their shape better than saline or silicone implants.
- Less Risk of Folds or Rippling- Since gummy bear implants are rather firm, they are not likely to ripple or fold inside of the breasts.
- No Leaks- If a gummy bear implant is punctured, the filling inside should remain in place. With saline or silicone implants, the filling escapes when a rupture occurs, requiring revision surgery.
- Natural Looking Breast Shape– Gummy bear implants typically feature a teardrop shape. They are thinner at the top and thicker at the bottom, like a natural breast. Round implants create a perky look with lots of upper fullness while gummy bear implants create more natural looking contours.
Learn more about your breast implant options during a consultation with Dr. Coan or Dr. Zenn. Call our offices to schedule your appointment today.