Posted by Dr. Hardesty on June 6, 2019
If you’ve been researching your options for breast augmentation, you’ve likely come across gummy bear implants. As it stands, gummy bear implants are the newest type of implant available, and they can have a lot of benefits. There are a lot of decisions to be made when figuring out the best breast augmentation plan for you, but opting for gummy bear implants can inform some of the other decisions you’ll make. Here are some things to consider when looking at your implant options.
Gummy bear implants are also known as cohesive silicone gel implants. They are made similarly to traditional silicone gel implants except that the silicone filling is similar to the consistency of a gummy bear— meaning it is squishy and soft but holds its form (or, is form stable). Although these implants are still made with silicone filling, they are often considered a third option along with the traditional silicone gel and saline implants.
As with anything, there are pros and cons to consider when choosing gummy bear implants. Although Dr. Hardesty can discuss these with you at length during a consultation, there are some primary ones to be aware of.
The main benefit of gummy bear implants is that it greatly reduces the chances of leakage in the event of a rupture. Because the filling holds its shape if the implant is broken or otherwise compromised, it’s less likely to leak into the breast tissue pocket and the surrounding areas. This means greater safety and peace of mind for many women.
Additionally, gummy bear implants can be much more natural-feeling and comfortable than other implant options for many women. Despite being cohesive and more solid than silicone gel, gummy bear implants feel very similar to natural breast tissue and can mimic it much more effectively.
Along with the above points, another benefit of gummy bear implants is that they come with many of the same perks of other implant options like a range of sizes, projection, and incision and placement options. This makes them just as customizable as silicone gel or saline implants.
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Despite the benefits of gummy bear implants, there are some negative factors to consider. Because gummy bear implants are more stable than cohesive gel implants, they can require a bigger incision for placement. This means the chance for more visible scarring, depending on your incision location.
Some women also find that gummy bear implants are too firm for their goals and that a silicone gel implant is more in-line with their ideal feel. Although this is different for every woman, it’s important to remember that firmness and feel can have an effect on the projection and appearance of your results. If you’re looking for something more subtle or an implant that better mimics your natural body movements, a silicone gel or saline implant may be a better option.
It’s also important to keep in mind that gummy bear implants come with the same risks and chance of complications as any other implant like capsular contracture, asymmetry, or infection.
Before & After
It can be difficult to say that gummy bear implants are objectively better since every woman is different. Our Riverside Plastic Surgery clinic understands that each patient has different goals and factors that are most important to them, and these might lead them to a different implant. However, gummy bear implants offer some great benefits that were previously unavailable in the traditional implant choices. One of the biggest benefits of breast augmentation is that it’s highly customizable so you can achieve the results you want with the options that work best for you. The key to deciding whether gummy bear implants can benefit you is by deciding which factors are most important to you so that Dr. Hardesty can guide you to the right decisions.
The key to getting started with breast augmentation and gummy bear implants is a private consultation with Dr. Hardesty who can make a professional recommendation on your best options. To schedule a consultation, contact our Riverside office by calling or filling out our online form.
One Goal, Many Options
The most important factor to consider for your procedure or treatment is seeking the opinion and services of a skilled, experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who are experts in techniques. The Imagine Plastic Surgery team uniquely provides the full array of both non surgical and surgical alternatives thus filling our motto of “One Goal, Many Options.” For over 30 years Dr. Hardesty, an award winning, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, has proudly been serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties of the Inland Empire and the communities of Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Upland, Corona, Chino Hills and Redlands. For over 30 years Dr. Hardesty and the Staff of Imagine Plastic Surgery have provided comprehensive Cosmetic Plastic Surgery services and procedures to Riverside and San Bernardino counties of the Inland Empire and the communities of Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Upland, Corona, Chino Hills and Redlands.