Rise of the Gummy Bears

by Chip Baddaladucci

They’re called silicone cohesive gel implants, and they’re the popular trend in breast augmentation at the moment. But you may know them better as “gummy bears,” the slang term that has become nearly synonymous with this particular type of breast implant since it received FDA approval in 2006.

Gummi bear implants, of course, earned their cutesy nickname from the unique consistency of the cohesive silicone gel itself, which bears a bit of a resemblance to that of the popular gummy bear candy. Rather than “bouncing here, there, and everywhere” like Disney’s cartoon Gummi Bears, however, these specially designed breast implants are noted for their realistic look, feel, and movement. This helps explain why many women are choosing gummy bears over saline implants, but it’s only part of the reason for the gummy bear implants’ rise to prominence.

In many studies, cohesive silicone breast implants also have consistently proven more durable than their saline rivals, experiencing fewer ruptures and less wrinkling and folding. Plastic surgeons who favor gummy bears point not only to the implants’ natural feel and shape, but their ability to sustain those traits, rather than falling prey to gravity’s infamous pull. The not-so-secret ingredient is the silicone’s dense, gummy-like composition, which recreates the breast tissue’s natural feel, while also maintaining a firmness that other types of breast implants sometimes cannot.

It should be noted that gummy bear breast implants, while made from silicone, are not the same implants that came under FDA investigation in the 1990s. With a new design and years of study, these new silicone implants have thick outer shells to protect from damage, and they are not prone to leaking like old fashioned silicone and many current saline brands. If there are any potential negatives to gummi bear implants, they would likely involve two key issues: costs and incision points. Today, silicone remains a more expensive alternative to saline, and because of its composition, gummy bears cannot be inserted through the belly button, which is one of the most popular methods for inserting implants and avoiding noticeable scarring.

So, are gummy bear breast implants the right choice for you? As always, it will take a consultation with a plastic surgeon and a lot of careful thought to make that determination. Just like any type of cosmetic surgery, there are pros and cons to consider, but for the most part, silicone’s resurgence is the product of good science and a lot of satisfied customers. To find out more about your breast augmentation options, you can check out the resources at www.plasticsurgeryportal.com, or contact us to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon in your area.

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