What Are Gummy Bear Implants?

Breast augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures in the country, but the biggest reservation many women have is whether their breasts will look and feel natural afterwards. Gummy bear implants aim to change that, with a unique composition that results in a more natural-seeming result than other implant options.

That natural look and feel comes from a firm gel silicone combined with a layered gel outer shell, as opposed to saline-filled implants or softer silicone alternatives. This design allows them to have a consistency that is neither too hard nor too soft, while retaining their shape even if the outer shell somehow ruptures. These characteristics — similar to the gummy bear candy that’s loved by many — are what earned these implants their endearing nickname.

As opposed to traditional circular implants, gummy bear implants more closely simulate the natural curvature of the breast. Increased projection at the bottom and a natural looking taper towards the top allow the implants to rest in a natural teardrop shape.

Candidates have no shortage of options when it comes to shape, too. There are over 20 different shapes available from the three major suppliers of gummy bear implants.

Additionally, gummy bear implants offer a number of other advantages over alternative implant types:

  • Better shape retention – Because of the thicker material used, gummy bear implants are able to maintain their shape for longer periods of time than other implants.
  • Less likely to rupture – An unfortunate side effect for many women in the long term is implant rupture or leakage. The silicone gel in gummy bear implants makes it such that uneven strain isn’t put on the outer shell of the implant, reducing the likelihood of leakage over time.
  • Less risk of capsular contracture – A normal phenomenon for those with breast augmentation is for scar tissue to form around the implants. The hardened capsule that forms as a result is one of the most common issues with breast implants, but due to the unique composition of gummy bear implants, it is less likely to happen.

Choosing the right type of breast implant for your augmentation is a deeply personal choice that should be discussed with your doctor beforehand. Whether you choose gummy bear or a traditional implant material, Dr. Roach is here to help. For more information about gummy bear implants, or to schedule a free consultation, give The Bayside Center a call today at 1-813-528-8744.

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