"Gummy bear" implants consist of cohesive silicone gel inside a textured silicone shell. Much like the popular gummy bear candy, even when these implants are cut in half, they retain their shape and do not leak. Dr. John Tyrone provides gummy bear implants as a durable, natural-feeling breast augmentation option at his Jacksonville, FL, practice. Gummy bear implants are popular not only because of their cohesiveness, but also because of their teardrop shape. They are fuller at the bottom and tapered at the top, mimicking the natural shape of the breast. In the few years that these implants have been available in the U.S., they have quickly become one of the most popular options for women seeking breast augmentation surgery.
Gummy bear implants provide durability, a natural feel, and a highly realistic look.
How are Gummy Bear Implants Different?
The high-strength silicone gel that gummy bear implants are made of has a firm yet soft feel that closely matches the feel of natural breast tissue. Additionally, the thick consistency of the silicone gel inside the implant means that in the unlikely event of a rupture, the gel will not leak.
Gummy bear implants are popular not only because of their cohesiveness, but also their teardrop shape. They are fuller at the bottom and tapered at the top, mimicking the natural shape of the breast.
The implant also features a textured silicone shell, which helps it maintain its position in the body. Because the cohesive silicone gel does not shift inside the implant, the risk of rippling or folds developing is minimal, also decreasing the risk of the implant rupturing.
Gummy Bear Implants vs. Other Types of Implants
When comparing gummy bear implants to other types of implants, patients have several factors to consider:
- Cost – Saline implants are the least expensive option for breast augmentation. Silicone implants, particularly the gummy bear variety, can cost significantly more, but many patients find the natural look worth the cost.
- Feel – Many patients find that saline implants feel firm when compared to the more natural feel of silicone implants. Gummy bear implants are somewhere in between, firmer than traditional silicone but not as firm as saline.
- Incision – The doctor can insert saline implants while they are deflated, and then fill them to the ideal size after placing them. This allows for the smallest incision. Because silicone implants, including the gummy bear variety, come pre-filled, they typically require a larger incision.
- Shape – Saline and traditional silicone implants usually come in a round shape, whereas gummy bear implants have a teardrop shape most closely resembling that of a natural breast.
- Stability – Saline implants may ripple or fold, affecting the outward appearance of the breasts. This effect also increases the risk of rupture. When a saline implant ruptures, the implant immediately deflates, and the body absorbs the harmless saline solution. Meanwhile, traditional silicone implant ruptures are not immediately apparent since the gel remains in the breast. Revision surgery is much more difficult. However, with gummy bear implants, the risk of rupturing drops significantly. If rupture should happen, the gel stays put, with no leakage.