Gummy Bear Breast Implants Cost?
- Asked by lttlmssqn in florida
- 4 years ago
How much is the Gummy bear breast implants surgery? I want to get breast implants and I am very interested in the gummy bear implants but cant find out how much they are. I am having trouble getting a loan to get my surgery done and I want them done before my husband comes home from Iraq.
Cost of Gummy Bear Breast Augmentation
That’s a wonderful question! NO difference in cost from the other silicone gel implants.
You’re absolutely right; the variability in pricing for implants themselves is a point of confusion for many patients. It all boils down to how much the surgeon acquires the implants for, and what value they attribute to the implant for you, as the consumer. We do not charge extra for the Gummy Bear implants while others may.
In order to simplify things, it’s easiest to make sure you understand what the OVERALL cost of the procedure is, and what precisely it includes in terms of cost and expertise in your geographical region. Our range depending on your specific needs is $5,000 - $7,500. It should absolutely be all-inclusive, and the most influential factors include,
- Is this an actual Plastic Surgeon performing the operation?
- Is the plastic surgeon Fellowship Trained specifically in aesthetic plastic surgery?
- Does the surgeon hold privileges at a local hospital, as a Plastic Surgeon?
- Where will the surgery be performed? Hospital or certified outpatient surgery center?
- What type of anesthesia will be used? General versus local anesthesia?
Choose your surgeon based NOT only on price, but whether you feel he would truly walk you thru the process and can achieve your long-term aesthetic goals. Also, it is not unreasonable to ask to speak to prior patients, visit the surgical facility, and see before and after photos.
You should also keep in mind that your choice of plastic surgery practice and surgeon, should also be a long-term choice. Chances are that you may want further services for yourself, family, and friends and want to establish a place where you become a member of the family. So be sure you love the staff, and the overall feel of the office. This should be a long-term investment in your future.
Cost of Gummy Bear Implants
Even though the implant does cost more, I don't charge more. So the cost is the same for the standard silicone implant. Come visit me for a complimentary consultation.
Sientra's form shaped Gummy Bear has now been approved by the FDA.
They are available at a price roughly $500 more than traditional round silicone per pair.
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Cost for Breast Surgery
You will find many different answers depending on who your ask. Cost will vary depending on many factors.... first of all it differs depending on if a board certified plastic surgeon is performing the surgery or not. Also, if the surgery is performed in a hospital based operating room vs. an office setting, if a board certified anesthesiologist is involved vs. a nurse (or sometimes performing procedures under local anesthesia), etc. Please be careful when doing your research to make sure your surgeon is properly trained and has experience in this procedure. In San Diego, the range can be $5800-7500 for silicone gel breast implants without a breast lift. The "gummy bear" implant is not yet FDA approved but some patients mistakenly say "gummy bear" when they mean "cohesive gel".
Ask to see examples of the surgeon's work and talk to other patients who have undergone this same procedure to hear what they have to say.
Allergan style 410 implants are available as part of fda clincial trials
The FDA trials for the Allergan Style 410 devices are still on-going. One of the trials enrolls patients who have never had breast implants in the past. The other trial enrolls patients who have currently have implant or expander in place.
There is a tremendous amount of confusion out there regarding what is a "cohesive" breast implant. Technically speaking all silicone breast implants are cohesive, meaning the silicone "stays together"r to some degree. The higher the degree off cohesivity the higher the ability of the device to maintain its shape. Think for a moment about water. the molecules of water are cohesive(otherwise it would be a gas). then think about jello or a gummy bear. both the jello and the gummy bear can be thought of as having increased cohesivity as compared to water.
What most people mean when they say the gummy bear or cohesive(perhaps better thought of as enhanced cohesive) device is the Allergan Style 410 device.
As other responders have noted they are not for every patient.
Obviously you are doing your homework and preparing for your consultation. Most surgeons appreciate that. Many times there may not be "one right solution" but several options that may give you a great result. Think of it in terms of trade-offs. Your surgeon after listening to your desires, taking a medical history, and doing an examination including several measurements of your breast, chest and tissues will discuss the trade-offs with you.
In general the cost of the Allergan 410 devices(just the device cost) is approximately $1200 more than "traditional" gel devices.
I hope this helps a bit with the "cohesive confusion" that is out there. Best of luck.
Same answer as all the others
Your best bet is always to call around to your local plastic surgeons. If their prices are in line with your finances, I'd recommend calling areas of the country where prices tend to be cheaper.
Bottom line remains that these implants are not approved for use in the US outside of research centers.
Cohesive gel implants
The reason you can not find out the price of the cohesive gel or gummy implants in the US is because they are not yet available on the market. Right now they are only available under a research protocol.
Cohesive gel implants are frequently called gummy bear gels
There is, and has been some confusion the newer styled cohesive gel breast implants. Memory gel is the product from Mentor and Natrelle is the product from Allergan. In my experience most women refer to this type of implant as the gummy bear type gel implant. There is a new implant, yet to be release in the US, this is the Style 410 by allergan. This is a form stable gel and is firmer than the existing cohesive gel. I believe from your question you are interested in this type of gel implant, the cohesive gel. These are currently available to any woman over 22. The cost of an implant is only a portion of the fee for the entire surgery. In the Atlanta area the cost for the implant itself is $2,000 / pair (for 2). The cost for the surgical fee, anesthesia and supplies will of course vary from location to location. Find a good board certified plastic surgeon in your area and have your specific questions answered.
Discuss implant options with a plastic surgeon
It sounds like you have decided upon the form-stable implants without a consultation. There are some advantages for some women in specific cases, but the vast majority will still get a better result with the round cohesive implants available now. The experts who used the "gummy bear" implants in the clinical trials estimate that only about 15-20% of women will be good candidates for them. So you need to be seen in consultation in order to determine whether they are actually the right choice for you. And of course no one knows when and if the FDA will approve them for use in the U.S.
Not available yet...
You are having trouble because neither the Allergan 410 or the Mentor CPG has been approved by the FDA yet. For a while a number of women got them as part of a large national clinical trial but, now that that trial is over we need to wait for the FDA to act.
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