Gummy Bear Breast Implants
Everyone loves Gummy Bears, right? Form-stable breast implants offer superb shape and durability for a beautiful, low-maintenance look
Form stable or “gummy bear” implants are the newest addition to the silicone implant family. Like silicone gel implants, they contain a cohesive silicone filling. However, the silicone in form-stable implants is thicker and allows the implant to maintain its shape and, at times, dictate the shape of the breast. This is particularly useful when you want that natural look of a “teardrop” breast. For those who want the more defined “push-up bra” look, but still want gummy bear gel, form-stable implants are made in the round implant style as well.
Both major implant manufacturers (Allergan and Mentor) make their form-stable implants in round and shaped styles. Both are FDA approved and have slight distinguishing characteristics due to the manufacturing process. Dr. Pancholi is highly experienced with and certified to place both brands of these implants, and can help you choose the right one based on your needs and preferences.
Advantages of form-stable silicone implants
They maintain their shape
Your breast appearance after augmentation is influenced by the interplay of two opposing forces. The first is the pressures of breast tissues/muscles upon the implant, and the second is the ability of the implant to resist these pressures and maintain its shape. Traditional saline and silicone gel implants are often influenced more readily by these tissues and can become distorted in shape, appearance, and position over time. Gummy bear implants are better at resisting these forces, maintaining their shape, and thereby directing the shape of the breast.
They keep their position
Smooth-surfaced saline and silicone gel implants tend to slide to the bottom of the breast. This results in a constant downward pressure, which eventually results in the breast moving downwards and to the side. Silicone and saline implants with textured shells are better at maintaining their position, but the saline or silicone moving back and forth inside the implant makes them wrinkle and ripple.
The combination of form-stable gel and textured surface helps gummy bear implants both stay in position and minimize the sagging and sideways movement many women complain of. While all shaped (teardrop) gummy bear implants have this textured surface, round gummy bear implants come in both smooth and textured forms.
They achieve a smoother look
With their increased stability, gummy bear implants are the least likely to fold or wrinkle. If you have little natural breast tissue to cover the implant, you will find this property significant. While saline is known to have some amount of rippling, softer silicone gel implants also may not offer a smooth breast look for those with little breast tissue or who need implant placement above the chest muscle. Those seeking to optimize a smooth breast contour may find gummy bear implants to be the best option.
You’ll get a sophisticated look
Projection and cleavage is still in your control with gummy bear implants! Full and soft looks are available, depending on the implant chosen. In fact, the fullest look in Mentor’s MemoryShape implant line actually has more projection than their fullest MemoryGel implants. The ability to have the fullness and cleavage control without a very round look may be the reason this implant is right for you.
Disadvantages of form-stable implants
Limited incision options
As many of our patients love the transaxillary (underarm) incision, which completely eliminates a scar on the breast, one limitation with the gummy bear implant is that the inframammary incision must be used, leaving a scar in the bottom breast fold. This scar is easily concealed by a swimsuit, but is a breast scar nonetheless.
Higher surgery cost…
Cost may also be a limitation, as gummy bear implants cost a little more and placement of the shaped (tear drop) style requires a skill set different from that of traditional implants. Dr. Pancholi’s extensive experience with these implants, the “newness” of the technology, and the above mentioned benefits also tend to place this implant in a premium position.
…but lower maintenance cost
Unlike silicone gel implants, for which we recommend proactive replacement at ~10 years as the risk of rupture increases, form-stable silicone has a very low risk for moving outside the implant shell in the event of a rupture. Therefore, replacement is not recommend unless you desire a change, or in the event a patient experiences problems.
Overall, the introduction of the gummy bear implant is a very positive thing, as it has expanded an already amazing variety of implant options further. Moreover, it provides both patient and surgeon an option for results that are better and simpler than before.
Compare your implant options at a consultation
The best way to learn what type of implant is best for you is to talk to a cosmetic surgeon experienced in breast augmentation using a variety of implant types. As a noted Las Vegas breast specialist, Dr. Pancholi can help you determine which implant will best achieve the look you desire. Call or contact us online today to schedule an appointment.