Data shows that breast augmentation continues to be one of the leading procedures performed by plastic surgeons in the United States. In fact, it was the most popular plastic surgery option in 2016, with approximately 290,467 procedures performed nationwide. But if you’re considering pursuing breast implants, you might not realize that there are several different types to choose from. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that there are at least seven different kinds available. Some implants may contain saline solution, while others are made of silicone. There are round implants, smooth implants, and even textured implants. But arguably, one of the most popular choices is the gummy bear implant.
They may have a sweet-sounding name, but gummy bear implants have nothing to do with the candy you might enjoy at the movies. It’s really a nickname for implants that are made of highly cohesive gel. They have a teardrop shape and due to the materials of which they’re made, they retain their shape over time better than saline and silicone options. While gummy bear implants do have a shell made of silicone and the gel inside is actually made from silicone as well, these implants are actually firmer and won’t become misshapen (even when the outer shell has been broken!). At the same time, they’re soft to the touch, providing a more natural appearance after breast augmentation has been performed.
Gummy bear implants may be recommended for surgical candidates who wish to have more volume after surgery but who don’t want to have an extreme-looking final result. All silicone implants, including gummy bear implants, are approved only for patients who are 22 years old and above, providing these patients are not pregnant or nursing. Another benefit of these implants is that they’re less likely to rupture; however, leaks and ruptures are actually harder to detect with these kinds of implants, which means regular screenings and monitoring are recommended after surgery.
It’s also important to keep in mind that breast augmentation is not covered by health insurance, in most cases. Most private practices or outpatient facilities require that fees for elective breast surgery are paid out of pocket. Surgery with gummy bear implants also requires a larger incision than some saline augmentations, which can play a factor in recovery time. The surgeon may opt for a periareolar or axillary incision for saline implants since they may be inflated once they are placed. Gummy bear implants arrive to the surgery center pre-filled so they are placed through an incision that sits in the natural fold of the breast (the inframammary fold or “underboob”). This being said, many women who opt for these kinds of implants feel that both of these considerations are well worth it.
Certainly, these implants are among the most popular — and they produce some of the most natural-looking results. That said, you should consult your physician and a qualified plastic surgeon before deciding on your preferred type of implant. Your care providers may be able to provide greater insight as to which options will work best for your needs and will be able to address any concerns early on in the process.
If you’re thinking about having breast augmentation of any kind performed, we’re here to guide you and provide the highest quality care available. For additional information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.