The hottest new thing in breast implants may be “gummy bear breast implants,” also known as silicone cohesive gel implants. Silicone cohesive gel implants obtained their nickname due to the fact that they have a consistency similar to the popular candy of the same name and also retain their shape when cut into. These implants are considered stable, and may be safer for some women than traditional silicone implants or saline implants specifically because they are made of a cohesive gel. However, there are some considerations to keep in mind when choosing silicone cohesive gel or “gummy bear” implants.
Gummy bear implants feel natural
Some patients opt for silicone cohesive gel implants as replacements for prior breast implants seeking a more natural feel and appearance. Some women report that their breasts feel and look so natural that their partners have no idea that they have had implants at all. Silicone cohesive gel implants are made up of silicone particles that are cross-linked, forming close bonds giving the implants their gummy bear-like texture and cohesiveness. This also adds to the natural texture.
Silicone cohesive gel implants are safe
After eight years of clinical trials and testing on 1,800 women, silicone cohesive gel implants received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and were declared safe and effective. It is important to note that the term “gummy bear implants” is just a nickname, and the term is not endorsed by the Food and Drug Administration FDA or the manufacturers of these implants. Silicone cohesive gel implants are medical devices, just like any other type of implants, and need to be treated as such.
Silicone cohesive gel implants appear to have a much lower risk of capsular contracture, the development of scar tissue around the breast implant. Women who are prone to scarring may find this a benefit over other types of implants.
A few additional considerations before selecting gummy bear implants
While silicone cohesive gel implants appear to have many benefits, there are a few additional considerations to ponder before deciding on them over other types of implants. Because their size is fixed and can’t be altered once in place, these implants may require a larger incision compared to traditional silicone or saline-filled implants. Although other incisions may be used, the ideal incision for cohesive gel implants is inframammary, or in the natural fold beneath the breast.
To learn more about silicone cohesive gel implants and your other options for breast augmentation, please call Monarch Plastic Surgery today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices or for our North Kansas City office, please call (816) 436-3262.