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Gummy Bear Implants vs Regular Implants

Published on May 13, 2024

Are you considering breast augmentation but unsure about the type of implants that would best suit your needs? When it comes to enhancing your breast profile, the choice between gummy bear implants and regular implants is significant. Each option has distinct characteristics and benefits. How do you decide which breast implant is right for you?

Composition and Shape

A gummy bear implant, or a form-stable implant, is made from a highly cohesive silicone gel that maintains its shape even when cut in half. Unlike traditional silicone implants with more fluid gel, a gummy bear implant is firmer and less likely to fold, ripple, or leak. Its teardrop shape is designed to mimic the natural slope of the breast, offering a subtle and natural breast enhancement.

Regular implants, including traditional silicone and saline options, are generally rounder and create a fuller look at the top of the breasts. Silicone implants have a gel that feels more like natural breast tissue. In contrast, saline implants are filled with sterile salt water, which can provide a firmer feel and have the advantage of adjustable size during surgery.

Durability and Safety

Gummy bear implants are known for their durability and lower risk of leakage due to their thick gel composition. They are also less prone to complications such as capsular contracture, where scar tissue forms around the implant, potentially causing discomfort or changes in the breast’s appearance.

Regular silicone implants also offer a natural feel and are less likely to wrinkle than saline implants. However, they require regular monitoring to detect leaks, often needing an MRI scan every few years. Saline implants, while providing easier leak detection (the breast will noticeably deflate), can feel less natural and are more prone to rippling.

Surgical Techniques and Recovery

The insertion of a gummy bear implant requires a slightly longer incision due to its firmer structure, which might lead to a slightly longer recovery period than regular implants. Both types of implants allow for various placement options, either above or below the muscle, which can be personalized based on the patient’s anatomy and desired outcome.

Patient Suitability and Aesthetics

Choosing the right implant for breast enhancement depends on your body type, aesthetic goals, and lifestyle. Gummy bear implants are particularly suited for those looking for a more natural shape with less upper breast fullness. They are an excellent choice for slender patients with minimal natural breast tissue.

Regular implants, particularly silicone, are often preferred by those seeking a more pronounced silhouette and considerable enhancement.

What More You Need to Know

Surgical techniques used

Due to their denser gel, gummy bear implants generally require a slightly longer incision. In contrast, regular implants, including silicone and saline, might be inserted through smaller or differently located incisions, depending on the case specifics. The technique will be determined during your consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Tran.

What recovery from breast implant surgery is like

Recovery varies by breast implant type and surgical approach but typically involves a few weeks of reduced activity. Most patients report discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed medications during the initial recovery phase.

Choosing a breast implant for your body type

The best breast implant depends on your natural body shape, breast tissue, and desired outcome. Gummy bear implants suit those seeking natural contours, while regular implants might be preferable for those wanting more noticeable breast enhancement.

How to monitor implants after surgery

Regular follow-ups are recommended; for silicone implants, an MRI scan is advised every few years to check for silent leaks. Saline implants will visibly deflate if ruptured, making detection straightforward.

Choosing the Right Breast Implant

Deciding between gummy bear and regular implants involves assessing your aesthetic goals, body type, and lifestyle. Consult with a trusted plastic surgeon like Dr. Anthony Tran to discuss how each option aligns with your desired outcome and evaluate each implant type’s unique benefits and considerations. It allows you to make the best choice for your personal breast augmentation experience.

Contact Us

If you are considering breast augmentation and want to learn more about your options between gummy bear and regular implants, Dr. Anthony Tran and his team in Arlington, TX, are here to help. We will discuss your aesthetic goals and explore the best implant options for your body type and lifestyle. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

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