A new type of breast implant is becoming more and more popular in the United States. Women choosing breast augmentation are now often considering ‘gummy bear’ implants. So what are ‘gummy bear’ implants and why are they so popular?
‘Gummy Bear’ Implants: An Introduction
‘Gummy bear’ breast implants is an informal term that is used to describe high-strength silicone gel implants or ‘cohesive silicone gel implants.’ They were approved by the FDA a few years ago and have increased in popularity since then.
Normally, women who choose breast augmentation can choose between silicone implants and saline implants. Normal silicone implants are pre-filled and placed in the breast during the procedure. Saline implants are placed in the breast and then filled with liquid. Because the implants are filled in later, saline implants require a smaller incision.
‘Gummy bear’ implants are a type of silicone implant. The term gummy bear refers to the fact that these implants can be cut in half and still retain their shape. They also often have a textured shell that is designed to reduce rupture and scarring.
The Appeal Of ‘Gummy Bear’ Implants
Those who prefer ‘gummy bear’ implants list a number of benefits:
- Many feel that these type of implants look and feel more like natural breasts than other available options. These implants are sometimes considered firmer and fuller.
- Some people think that these implants are less likely to wrinkle.
- The texture on the outside of the implant leaves many people convinced that capsules are less likely to contract or rupture, which would make these implants safer.
- Because these implants hold their form, if they do rupture, very little silicone gel will come out.
If you are considering a breast augmentation, you’ll need to consider the type of implant you want, the size of implant you’d like, and the size of incision you feel is appropriate. Your doctor can help you make these decisions based on your preferences and body composition. At the office of Regina Rosenthal MD, patients are able to see and feel different types of implants in order to make a decision. To learn more about your options schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenthal today.