Gummy Bear Implants in Louisville

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 implant fill, the shape of the silicone 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 70′s and 80′s, these newer implants have a more thick and non-runny gel. These gels are not as stiff and are known as the “gummy bears.”

What Are Gummy Bear Implants?

The gummy bear implant is a form-stable implant that was recently approved by the FDA, making it the third manufacturer allowed to sell implants in the United States. 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 you and your doctor to determine if the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. Benefits include:

  • A more natural-looking appearance 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 a capsular contracture

Disadvantages of Gummy Bear Implants

There are also disadvantages of 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.