Gummy Bear Breast Implants

What are gummy bear breast implants?

By Sarah Leavitt, Medical Research EditorLast modified: October 04, 2011

Gummy Bear Breast Implants

Gummy bear breast implants are the newest addition to the family of breast implants and represent the continual advances being made within breast augmentation. While the FDA has yet to approve gummy bear implants, they are readily available in other countries and women prove to be willing to travel internationally to reap their benefits.  

Gummy bear implants, also referred to as cohesive gel implants, match the safety of saline breast implants with the natural feel of silicone implants. They differ from silicone breast implants by the way in which they’re manufactured: they are manufactured as a solid mass so that the molecules produce tighter bonds.

The FDA and Gummy Bear Implants
In the United States, you must enroll in a clinical study in order to receive certain treatments that are not FDA approved. Until the FDA approves gummy bear implants, women who wish to receive them in the United States must participate in a clinical study.

Advantages of Gummy Bear Breast Implants
As opposed to silicone and saline implants, gummy bear implants were designed to target a natural look and feel, as opposed to merely breast enlargement. They provide women with a safe and realistic solution to breast augmentation.

Due to the way they are manufactured, the implants more easily maintain their shape, which trumps the safety of regular silicone implants. If a silicone implant ruptures, the silicone leaks and spreads into the body. With gummy bear implants, the tighter bonds keep the silicone more in tact so that the gel does not migrate elsewhere.

In addition, the tighter molecular bonds of the gel reduce the likelihood of rippling, fold over, or a collapsed shell.

Gummy bear implants last longer than regular saline or silicone implants and are also less apt to drooping or sagging over time.

Disadvantages of Gummy Bear Breast Implants
Because they are not yet FDA approved, gummy bear implants are more difficult to obtain. In addition, insurance companies are much less likely to cover the cost of a procedure not approved by the FDA.

Gummy bear implants require a larger incision, which limits where the incision can occur. The incision generally needs to range between 4.5 to 5.5 centimeters. Therefore, periareolar incision (through the areola) and transumbillical (through the belly button) are no longer options. Transaxillary (through the armpit) remains possible, though very difficult. As a result, inframammary (through the lower breast) is the most suitable place for the incision to occur.

The cost of gummy bear implants are higher than that of saline and silicone implants. In addition, long distance travel to receive the procedure will add to your total costs of breast augmentation.

Gummy bear implants were discovered in the 1990s and have become increasingly popular since 2000.

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