What makes this relatively new breast enhancement option so special? What are the disadvantages of these implants? Where does their nickname come from? Are ‘gummy bears’ more expensive than traditional silicone implants? Today we’re answering these questions for you on Womanita.com. But first let’s answer your what are gummy bear implants question.
‘Gummy bear’ breast implants (also referred to as highly cohesive silicone gel implants, or high-strength gel implants) are medical devices that are filled with a semi-solid silicone gel that stays stuck-together prompting a longer lasting firmness and natural shape of the breasts. The gel inside the implants is surrounded by a dense multi-layered outer silicone shell.
It’s their difference from other types of implants that suggests the list of gummy bear implants pros and cons. Gummy bear implants are only available in a ‘tear-drop’ shape. It means that these implants are fuller at the bottom, not at the top. These implants are not the best option for you if you’re looking for a much larger breast size or more upper pole breast roundness.
So what are the pros and cons of gummy bear implants?
Although ‘gummy bears’ are considered by some plastic surgeons as a breakthrough breast enhancement option, their ‘pros’ are inevitably followed by their ‘cons’. Let’s start with the ‘pros’. Because of their dense filler material, gummy bear breast implants retain their form, even when cut (like gummy bear candies, hence the nickname).
More pros of gummy bear breast implants:
- because gummy bear implants invariably retain their form and get back into the shape after movement, the chance that their shell will wrinkle is very low
- they are less likely to rupture or leak
- silicone won’t migrate into the body even if there are sings of a ruptured breast implant
- gummy bear implants are said to look and feel more natural compared to other types of breast implants
- their consistency is considered to be more similar to breast tissue than saline implants
- less severe capsular contracture
Though their benefits sound too good to be true, gummy bear implants have their risks and potential dangers. Now let’s speak about their cons. First, because cohesive gel implants are cutting edge devices, there is little scientific data confirming their 100% success and safety. Second, they are reported to sometimes feel firmer than the old silicone implants (unless the traditional silicone type causes capsular contracture).
Another disadvantage is a larger incision required to insert a gummy bear implant. Larger incisions are made because these implants are thicker and less flexible than other options. So the surgeon won’t be able to squeeze them through little incisions. The procedure of inserting gummy bear implants is more complicated than standard breast enlargement surgery. To crown it all, gummy bear implants are more expensive than the already traditional silicone and saline options.