Silicone gel implants for breast enlargement
Types of silicone breast implants
Classic silicone gel breast implants
Cohesive silicone gel breast implants
The cohesive silicone gel breast implant used by Dr. Tavallali does not drip silicone
Gummy bear silicone gel breast implants
- A gummy bear breast implant is only the latest type of cohesive gel breast implant. The gel has been made even firmer so that the breast implant actually retains its “shape of a breast” or its “contoured” look outside the body when sitting on a table.
- The outside of gummy bear implants are also textured so as to decrease the risk of capsular contracture in cosmetic breast surgery.
- These implants are firmer, so breast incisions have to be larger than for a cohesive gel implant, which can still be squished around into a small cut.
- Another disadvantage is that since the implant is narrower at the top and wider at the bottom, like a pear, it can actually flip and cause an upside-down breast that then requires another surgery.
Gummy bear silicone implants are firmer
The engineers and designers of breast implants seem stuck on a few concepts regarding breast implants that have never been shown to be of any value to cosmetic surgery patients. They just keep hitting their heads on them again and again. The gummy bear implant has a textured surface to supposedly decrease the rate of capsular contracture scar tissue forming around the implant. Though this may work for implants placed over the chest muscles, the rate of capsular contracture for textured implants has not been shown to be lower when implants are placed under the muscle. A contoured shape in implants is another design that has been shown time and again to be more trouble than it’s worth. In a classic study done a decade ago, a plastic surgeon showed that all implants, contoured or not, are “anatomic” in their shape when inside a body. After all, we are all subject to gravitational effects, and all implants end up looking like pears inside the body. The gummy bear offers no advantage on that point.
Gummy Bear vs. cohesive silicone gel breast implants in my view is no contest. Gummy bears are just too hard.
With the larger scar, firmer (gummy-bear-hard) feel, risk for implant flipping and the obvious higher cost, I’ll keep my gummy bears limited to what I can buy in the grocery store.