What Are Gummy Bear Implants?

How are gummy bear implants different from silicone gel implants? Are they even available in the US?

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What Are Gummy Bear Implants?

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The term Gummy Bear is simply meant to describe the new solid-silicone (highly-cohesive) gel implants which have a consistency somewhat like  gummy bear candy.  Unlike traditional more liquid-like silicone fillers, these new implants are available in round as well as a more anatomic (or breast-shaped) configuration.  They can provide a very gentle slope to the upper pole of the breast with excellent projection in the lower pole.  This can give a very natural shape to the breast.  The gel in these new implants tends not to migrate when the implants eventually wear out and the outer shell breaks (as all implants will do eventually).  This makes replacement surgery simpler.  These implants also have a much lower chance of developing a tight capsule of scar tissue around them so patients are less likely to have their breast feel "hard".  Three brands of Gummy bear implants are manufactured and sold with FDA approval in the United states.  Mentor produces the MemoryShape (or CPG)  implants, Allergan produces the 410 implant and Sientra makes the Silimed version.  These are all somewhat different.  Although these implants are not right for every patient they can (in the right patient) produce a breast with a remarkably natural shape and youthful feel. My partners and I have put in thousands of these over the past 12 years and the long term results have been excellent. In the near future hopefully you can look for many new shapes and sizes to become available if the FDA approves their sale in the United States. Hope this helps.

What Are Gummy Bear Implants?

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Thank you for the question. All currently FDA approved silicone gel breast implants are “cohesive”.  The “gummy bear” silicone material is a  more dense material chemically.  The term “gummy bear”  has been  used, almost as a slang term,  to encompass all silicone gel breast implants; thus the confusion.

What are Gummy Bear Implants

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Gummy bear implants are breast implants that have an inner fill that maintains its shape much like a gummy bear candy when it is cut.  They are the latest technology for breast augmentation and are simply amazing for providing shape, and a natural feel.  They tend to be a little more firm than the older silicone gel implants but they have far fewer ruptures.In addition, most gummy bear implants have a textured surface that is designed to help decrease scarring around your breast implant.  This scarring is what causes breast capsule contracture and can result in hard, round, deformed and painful breasts.  Sientra has just such an implant and they also have the benefit of having the best implant warrantee as well as a warrantee for implant replacement in the first 2 years if you develop a capsule contracture.

In short, gummy bear breast implants are a great choice if you are considering breast augmentation.

I hope that helps,

Best regards.

Brian Windle, MD
Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

Gummy Bear cohesive gel silicone implants now available.

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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.

Sanjay Grover, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Silicone Breast Implants

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Dear Ariana

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

Trevor M. Born, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 126 reviews

"Gummy bear" is firmer than current implants

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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.

Dr Edwards

Gummy bear implants

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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.

Robert Frank, MD
Munster Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

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