This term is confusing to most people. Plastic surgeons refer to this implant as “form stable,” meaning that even if the shell were stripped away from the silicone filling, the shape of the silicone filling would remain. These are usually shaped implants. The shaped implants, rather than being round, have different height, width, and projection ratios. For instance, the implant can be moderate in height, moderate in width, and extra projecting. Three different heights, widths, and projections are possible for the same volume of the implant. Dr. Salzman was involved in the FDA trials of this implant (style 410 Inamed) and has used it extensively in his practice. It is not presently available for free and unrestricted use. All silicone gel implants today contain a “cohesive gel.” Unlike the gel implants of the ’70s and ’80s, these newer implants have a thicker gel and are sometimes known as “gummy bear” implants
What Are Gummy Bear Implants?
The gummy bear implant is a form-stable implant that was recently approved by the FDA. A form-stable implant is shaped like a teardrop so it looks more natural than a round implant. The silicone inside the implant is thicker, even holding its shape if it is cut in half. This thick consistency is what has given it the nickname ‘gummy bear’ implant.
Benefits of Gummy Bear Implants
As with all implants, there are benefits and disadvantages. It is up to both you and Dr. Salzman to determine if the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. Benefits include:
- A more natural look with more fullness at the bottom
- The stiffer gel makes the breast more firm
- The stiffer gel also reduces wrinkling of the implant
- The textured appearance may reduce the risk of developing capsular contracture
Disadvantages of Gummy Bear Implants
There are also disadvantages to choosing this type of implant. For some women, the consistency of the gel is undesirable, making it an unpleasant choice. Other disadvantages include:
- Rotation of the implant, which distorts the shape of the breast because the implant is teardrop-shaped instead of round
- A larger incision is needed to insert the thicker implants
As with all implants, there are some risks, including rupture, adverse reaction to anesthesia, infection, and bleeding.
This new gummy bear implant provides another choice when considering breast augmentation, but only you and Dr. Salzman can determine if it is right for you. For more information about gummy bear implants and breast augmentation in Louisville, KY, contact Dr. Marc Salzman.