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“Gummy Bear” Breast Implants: Are They Right for You?

December 19, 2014 | Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Gummy Bear Implant

a line of colorful gummy bearsForm stable cohesive gel breast implants – nicknamed and rapidly becoming known as “gummy bear” implants – are anatomically shaped implants designed to look and feel like the real thing.

Popular for years in Canada and Europe, these implants are made out of a special type of silicone gel that sticks together – similar to the consistency of a gummy bear.  This special material allows the implant to be molded to mirror a gently sloping breast shape, with more volume toward the bottom of the breast.  More importantly, this same gel also allows the implant to maintain its shape and stay in place once implanted, thereby reducing the wrinkling and rippling that can happen with traditional saline or silicone implants.

Best of all, the cohesiveness of this gel provides you with a safer alternative in breast implants.  Because the gel is form stable, it will not leak into surrounding cell tissues if the implant ruptures.  This stability also helps reduce the incidence of capsular contracture, a hardening of the breasts due to the buildup of scar tissue.  In an ongoing 10-year multi-center study with Natrelle (one of three companies who offer form stable cohesive gel implants), the 6-year risk rate of capsular contracture with Natrelle’s form stable cohesive gel implant was 4.6%, versus 14.8% with Natrelle’s traditional round silicone implants.

As with any surgery, success depends on many factors:  the physician’s level of experience, the quality of medical devices used and the patient’s medical condition and expectations, to name a few.  Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Agullo can work with you to help you attain the natural looking, fuller breasts that you desire.  You can schedule an appointment with him by calling Southwest Plastic Surgery at (915) 590-7900.  For more information on form stable cohesive gel breast implants, visit Natrelle’s website.