“gel” and “silicone” refer to the same type of implant: the standard silicone
gel implant. Silicone gel looks and feels more like breast tissue than saline
does, and it has the consistency of jelly. Gummy bear implants, technically
called form-stable implants or highly cohesive silicone gel implants, are also
filled with silicone. However, as the name implies, the texture is firmer than
standard silicone gel. Gummy bear implants only come in an anatomical shape. I
think the gummy bear implants look and feel very natural, especially for
reconstruction, but silicone gel can look and feel terrific too, depending on
your existing breast tissue and your cosmetic goals.
Silicone, gummy bear, and gel implants all refer to the same type of implant, your basic silicone gel filled implant. Now there are different types of silicone gel implants, but the term gummy bear does not refer to any specific implant. It's a general term which applies to all silicone gel. Some surgeons have just started calling them "gummy bear" for marketing purposes.
Silicone - a particular form of soft silicone - is the material used in all gel implants.
The gummy bear implant (not its real name which is Cohesive Gel) is what is called a form-stable implant. The gel feels natural, holds its shape, needs less surgical dissection to place and if cut - self-seals so gel does not get into your tissues. It is made by Sientra. And is a very good implant. Best wishes.
They are all silicone. The gummy bear is made by Sientra and is the newest breast implant in the U.S. Market. It's a really nice soft but stable implant. The company is also very responsible, reliable, and only sells to board certified plastic surgeons. I prefer the Sientra implant.
Silicone gel implants can be form-stable( gummy bear) or cohesive gel implants. They are both gel. Both are good implants and patients choose different ones based upon personal preference.
Good question. First, it's easiest to separate implants into two categories: silicone gel or saline. All three terms you've described above refer to the silicone gel variety. The type of silicone gel used is highly cohesive, which means it acts more like a solid than a liquid, and for this reason many people call it a gummy bear implant. Like a gummy bear, if you cut it in half, you can't squeeze out the inner gel. This is the way the new silicone gel implants work. Between a silicone gel and saline implant, the gel will always look, feel, and act more like natural breast tissue. For the most natural look, Sientra makes a fantastic anatomically-shaped silicone gel breast implant. Hope this helps!
I would say that there are differences in rippling and feel among these implants as well as many other considerations. This really should be discussed in depth during a consultation.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
This question is being asked more and more. There are many factors that go into what has the most natural look and there no one implant that is superior than another. The size of your breasts, shape, weight, skin tightness of the breasts are some of the factors which must be considered when trying to decide which one is best for you. The memory gel implant is the most commonly used silicone implant and is softer and a more natural feel than saline. The "gummy bear" implant is called a form stable implant and is anatomically shaped and more firm and in my opinion does not seem to give as good as result in very thin women. It does require a larger incision and needs to be placed with more care to get a good result. Talk with your plastic surgeon to determine what is best for you and listen carefully to what advice you are given.