Gummy bear implants?
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Silicone gel implants
Silicone implants, some advices:
Gummy bear implants?
The previous expert responders have given you a short version of the answers. Best to seek only in person discussions!
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Gummy Bear Implants mean more Cohesive Gel
Gummy bear implants
1. The silicone gel is more cohesive. This means that over time (meaning years), the gel doesn't settle as much toward the bottom of the implant. This minimizes rippling and bottoming out. Patients with small breasts can be at higher risk for rippling, so this can be an advantage.
2. The surface of the implant is textured. This helps the implant "lock" in place on the chest to some degree. This can be an advantage over time since it minimizes the implants falling down and out to the sides. However, because of this it takes the implants longer to soften and settle (up to a year). For thin patients with small breasts, this can limit the look of cleavage since it can be harder to push them together in a bra.
3. They have the lowest rates of capsular contracture and rupture. For this reason, they have lower revision rates than other implants. For this reason, some people consider them to be the safest choice for silicone implants.
Of course saline eliminates the risk of silicone ever coming into contact with breast tissue, but the risk of rippling and rupture is highest with saline implants, especially for women with small breasts.
Overall, it is a personal decision, and there is no "best" or "safest" choice. I encourage you to visit with a few board certified surgeons to discuss this further. Best wishes.
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