The Pros and Cons of Gummy Bear Breast Implants
Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure that aims to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. Over the years, advancements in medical technology have led to the development of various types of breast implants. One such option gaining significant attention is the gummy bear breast implant. In this blog, we will explore the pros and cons of gummy bear breast implants, helping you make an informed decision if you are considering breast augmentation.
- Understanding Gummy Bear Breast Implants
Gummy bear breast implants, also known as cohesive gel implants, are a type of silicone implant that maintains its shape even when cut or ruptured. They derive their name from their resemblance to the firm yet pliable consistency of gummy bear candies. These implants are made of a highly cohesive silicone gel that holds together uniformly, providing a natural feel and appearance.
- The “Advertised” Pros of Gummy Bear Breast Implants
2.1. Natural Look and Feel
One of the highly advertised advantages of gummy bear breast implants was their ability to provide a natural look and feel. Due to the highly cohesive gel, these implants keep their shape in any position. This is just NOT natural. A breast moves and changes shape when you change position. It should not look the same laying down or standing up.
2.2. Reduced Risk of Rupture
Several blogs around the internet say that Gummy Bear implants have a lower risk of rupture compared saline implants. This is misleading. All silicone implants have a lower risk of rupture than saline implants as reported in the FDA study that looked at 99,000 implant patients. The highly cohesive “Gummy Bear Implants” in fact, had a higher rupture rate in one European study. The data on this is not convincing when really analyzed.
2.3. Lower Incidence of Rippling
Rippling is a common concern associated with breast implants, where visible wrinkles or folds appear on the surface of the breasts. All silicone implants have a lower incidence of rippling than saline implants.
2.4. Reduced Capsular Contracture
Capsular contracture is a potential complication of all breast augmentation, where scar tissue forms around the implant, causing tightness and distortion. Gummy bear implants, when looking across multiple studies, probably have a similar capsular contracture rate as other silicone implants. I know of no good study comparing the two.
- The Cons of Gummy Bear Breast Implants
3.1. Incision Size
Gummy bear breast implants are pre-filled implants, which means they require a larger incision for placement compared to saline implants. The larger incision may result in increased scarring, although the scars can fade over time. It is essential to discuss incision size and placement options with your plastic surgeon to minimize potential scarring.
3.2. Firmer Texture
While some individuals prefer the firmer feel of gummy bear implants, others may find it less desirable compared to the softer feel of other implant types. The firmer breast can be noticeable upon touch and even feel unnatural. It is crucial to have a clear understanding of your desired outcome and discuss it with your surgeon to ensure the chosen implant type aligns with your expectations.
3.3. Less Natural Shape
Gummy bear implants are one shape, and keep that shape. Laying down, standing up, on your side and in all positions, they stay the same. This is not the way a normal breast looks. Occasionally, they even can rotate in the pocket and need to be surgically put back into position or they will look awful. These shape and rotation issues are the main reasons that most of the plastic surgeons I know recommend against these implants.
Gummy bear breast implants were supposed to offer several advantages for individuals considering breast augmentation. The natural look and feel, reduced risk of rupture, lower incidence of rippling, longevity, and reduced capsular contracture have not turned out to be confirmed in published studies. However, it is essential to be aware of the potential drawbacks, such as larger incision size, unnaturally firmer texture, a shape that does not mimic a natural breast, and higher cost.
Ultimately, the choice of breast implants should be based on individual preferences, body type, and the guidance of a qualified plastic surgeon. Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon will help you understand the available options and make an informed decision that aligns with your aesthetic goals and overall well-being.
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