How are gummy bear implants different from silicone gel implants? Are they even available in the US?
What Are Gummy Bear Implants?
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Gummy Bear cohesive gel silicone implants now available.
Cohesive gel silicone breast implants, also known as Gummy Bear implants, are now available for patients in the United States. There are currently two companies that have FDA clearance to sell these implants. They are Sientra and Allergan. These implants come in a tear drop shape that retains it shape better than the classic round implant. They come in a few dimensions and profiles and are textured to help prevent rotation. They generally are a bit firmer and require an inframmamary incision. They do cost a bit more than other round implants previously available.
Silicone Breast Implants
The silicone implants in the USA have been available through clinical trials. In Canada they have been available for many years ( on special request) but generally available for a few years. We now do mostly silicone implants. i use the Mentor CPG- which is the 'gummy bear' form of the Mentor silicone implant.
We have had great results with these implants and have not seen any change in the post operative complications.
With Warm Regards,
Trevor M Born MD
"Gummy bear" is firmer than current implants
The yet to be released cohesive gel implant, aka Gummy Bear", is firmer than the current FDA-approved silicone gel implants and they are not currently available for everyone's use. We do not know when the FDA will release them and they won't be the right implant for everyone. The implants that will be relased by Allergan, the 410, are shaped and therefore textured and in spite of a wide template of implants available, won't be for everyone. They will also have a higher price point than current implants.
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Gummy bear implants
The "gummy bear" implant got its name because, like its confectionary counterpart, you can cut a wedge out of one and it retains its shape.
Traditional silicone implants have the consistency of brie cheese...that is to say that if you cut a wedge out of the implant it would gradually "run" out. The gummy bears are more "cohesive" and are, to use the scientfic term, "form stable."
The Mentor version of this device is called the CPG while the Allergan equivalent is called the 410. Neither is available to the general public.
While they might be a good choice for certain patients, I don't think they will be indicated for the majority of patients.
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