“Gummy Bear” is the non-medical terminology used to refer to silicone gel breast implants that are form stable. These implants are filled with a highly cohesive version of silicone gel that holds shape, even when the implant is ruptured.
Pros and Cons When Selecting Gummy Bear Implants
Unlike earlier predecessors, Gummy Bear implants do not generally pose a risk of free-floating silicone. They have a much stronger shell and are filled with a material that is designed to remain inside the shell. Despite these advances in structural safety, silicone gel implants remain soft and extremely natural feeling.
A potential downside for Gummy Bear implants is that because they are pre-filled when your surgeon places them, they will require a slightly longer scar. Saline implants come unfilled and can be placed in the body in a deflated state, requiring a smaller incision. Saline implants are generally not as soft, however, and can have more risk of unnatural rippling without adequate natural breast tissue.
Do Gummy Bear Implants Generally Cost More?
Compared to saline implants, Gummy Bear implants are generally more costly in terms of raw materials. Saline implants are filled with just that – saline. This is very inexpensive. The technology and manufacturing process required to produce Gummy Bear silicone implants is taken into consideration when thinking about the cost. As a result, you may see your surgeon price silicone breast augmentation or implant replacement slightly higher than its saline equivalent. This is generally not more than a few hundred to a few thousand dollars unless the technique involved changes the time required in surgery or otherwise.
Deciding If They Are Right For You
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