One of the most effective methods used by those who want to have larger breasts is undoubtedly breast implants. Gummy bear implants are among this category as well. These implants, which were first used in the early 2000s, meet the expectations at the highest level with their features.
What are the differences of gummy bear implants from the traditional ones? What advantages and disadvantages do they have? Which one should be preferred? All are in our article.
What are Gummy Bear Implants?
The term “gummy bear” is used for these implants, which contain a highly cohesive silicone gel and are highly durable. The basis of this unscientific term is the dense gel contained in the implant. So much so that, their shapes do not deteriorate even when the outer surfaces of these implants are damaged. They are quite successful in maintaining their forms. Besides, they give the feeling of naturalness at the highest level when touched.
Their steady structure to preserve their form has made it possible to give these implants different shapes. They can be shaped into a round or teardrop shape and placed on the breasts.
Are Gummy Bear Implants Safe?
Gummy bear implants have been used for a very long time. They are considered “safe” as they have not caused any serious problems in this period. However, regular checks should be made after the implants are placed to ensure that they stay in the desired place and to take precautions against leakage risk.
The risk of tearing and complications of breast implants used in the past were much higher. When they were torn, the substance contained in the implant used to leak into the tissues. However, gummy bear implants are safer at this point. Yes, there are similar risks with these implants, but it should be known that these risks are much lower than other types. The possible complaints after breast implantation are not more than in every plastic surgery procedure.
The tearings and leakages occurring in gummy bear implants are more difficult to detect than saline implants. Therefore, it is more important for those who prefer these implants to have regular scans.
* It is recommended by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to start scans 3 years after implants are placed, and that scans should be performed every 2 years.
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Gummy Bear Implants vs. Traditional Silicone Implants
The main difference between traditional silicone implants and gummy bear implants is the gel thickness. The gel in the gummy bear has a much thicker texture compared to traditional implants. This makes gummy bear implants tighter. So, they keep their shape better and have a more natural feeling when touched.
It would not be wrong to say that when touched, they are as if they are the breasts of a young woman. Gummy bears are softer than saline implants which are among the traditional silicone implants.
Gummy bear implants offer a significant advantage for women that have undergone breast reconstruction. This advantage is the fact that the implant does not need to fit around the existing breast tissue.
Previous silicone implants pose a risk of intense leakage into the tissue when torn. This risk has been tried to be overcome to a great extent with the strong outer surface. However, it is a fact that there is still a risk. Gummy bear implants are safer at this point. Because the gel is thicker here, the risk of leakage is lower even if the outer shell is torn.
Despite the positive differences of gummy bear implants, it should not be forgotten that larger incisions are required for their placement. Apart from this, the costs of these surgeries are higher than other types of implants.
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Risks and Possible Side Effects
Gummy bear implants are placed in the breasts by a surgical operation. Accordingly, there may be some risks and side effects involved. The major ones are as follows:
- Nausea and vomiting due to anesthesia
- Wrinkling of breast tissues
- Loss of sensation in the nipple
- Tearing of the Implant
It should not be forgotten that the risks and side effects mentioned here are present in almost all implant types. It should be kept in mind that when a specialist surgeon and a clinic with high medical competence are preferred, the risks and the probability of side effects will be minimized.
The FDA announced in 2011 that there may be a link between breast implants and a type of cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma. However, precise information on this link could not be revealed and the cause of cancer could not be fully understood.
Gummy Bear Implants: Advantages and Disadvantages
Gummy bear implants are used to make the size and shape of the breasts as desired. These products have some advantages and disadvantages in themselves. These can be listed as follows:
- These implants in the form of teardrops provide a more natural appearance. However, possible shifts and displacements are much more explicit due to their shapes. For example, even if round silicones rotate, they do not cause any deformity when viewed from the outside.
- The incision made here is larger compared to other implant surgeries.
- To prevent rotation and slippage, the implant shell has been developed with a texture. In this way, it allows the surrounding tissue to grow as Velcro and thus the risk of slippage and rotation is significantly eliminated.
- Capsule contracture, one of the most important complications in breast augmentation, is much less common in gummy bear implants.
Cost of Gummy Bear Implants
Breast augmentation is not covered by insurance as it is not a mandatory health procedure. Therefore, the cost of this procedure must be paid by the patients themselves.
Gummy bear implants cost on average between $ 6,000 and $ 12,000 in the US and EU countries. However, the cost of this procedure is 50-70% cheaper in Turkey.
* Although it varies from person to person, these procedures can be performed at an average of 2.500€ – 3000€.
Costs in Turkey also include expenses such as transfers between the airport/clinic/hotel and accommodation. You are unlikely to encounter an extra invoice.
At Cosmeticium, we apply such procedures to hundreds of patients from different parts of the world. And we ensure that our patients return to their countries happily. Thanks to our surgeons with high expertise and experience, you will have the breasts of your dreams and you will do this at a very affordable cost.
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Breast implants do not provide permanent solutions and do not last forever. Depending on the type of implant used, implants need to be replaced in an average of 10 years. Therefore, you should discuss this issue with your doctor, get detailed information before the operation, and make a decision afterward.
Gummy bear implants and other options are used for breast augmentation and post-traumatic breast reconstruction in people over the age of 22. It is not approved to use these products for other age groups.