If you’ve been thinking about having breast augmentation and have done some research, you know there will be many decisions to make. Of course, Drs. Lonergan and deLeeuw will walk you through every decision to help you understand your options.
One of those decisions will be the type of implants. Up until just a few years ago, that decision was between silicone and saline. But in 2012 a new type of implant was approved by the FDA and added to the choices — the gummy bear implant. This silly sounding option could be a good choice for you. Here’s some information on these implants.
What is a gummy bear implant?
While technically made from silicone, gummy bear implants are quite different than other silicone implants. Gummy bear implants are known for retaining their shape because the gel is thicker than traditional silicone. Beyond the name “gummy bear implants” they are also known as cohesive, form-stable, or highly cohesive. These terms denote the attributes of these implants made by three companies: Sientra, Allergan, and Mentor.
Cohesive silicone gel
Gummy bears are filled with more cohesive gel, and this confuses some people. In reality, all silicone implants today are filled with the gel that is far more cohesive than those from the 80s and 90s. But to be called gummy bear implants, only the most cohesive gel is used. To get an idea of the density, if a cohesive implant is cut in half, there is no gross movement of gel, and the implant maintains its shape.
Most implants are round. But cohesive breast implants are anatomically shaped to match the natural breast, which projects more at the bottom than at the top. The teardrop shape is thinner at the top, filling out more at the bottom. This shape maintains itself due to the thicker nature of the cohesive gel.
Another difference is that all gummy bear implants are textured. This texturing increases friction and helps keep the implants from rotating. This is very important because these implants are different at the bottom and the top, so maintaining their position is a necessity.
Sientra cites five years of study with its gummy bear implants. Here are some statistics.
- Low rate (3.9%) of capsular contracture
- Over 98% rupture-free through five years
- Zero reported incidences of implant rotation
It must be noted. However, that gummy bear implants are new, so there are no long-term studies about their durability. Like traditional implants, gummy bear implants can rupture, although the gel tends to stay close to the implant. Rippling is far less prevalent with cohesive implants than with traditional silicone implants, although this is usually related to how much tissue is atop the implant.
When you’re researching your options for breast augmentation with the team at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, be sure to include gummy bear implants. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, call us at 302-656-0214.