What are Gummy Bear Implants?
Gummy Bear implants is a marketing term or nickname for cohesive gel implants. Cohesive silicone implants are form stable, meaning the implants hold their shape like jello or their nickname, gummy bears. Standard silicone implant consistency is similar to honey. Because “gummy bear” implants are form stable they are less likely to leak if the implant shell fails and keep their shape over time.
Gummy bear implants form stable shape mimic the natural shape of the breast, they are thicker at the bottom and tapered towards the top. For this reason they are a popular implant choice with woman for breast reconstruction. Other advantages are less wrinkling of the implant and studies are reporting less capsular contracture around implant. Some reported disadvantages of the gummy bear implant are dissatisfaction with the firmer gel, shape and sometimes larger incision.
The FDA recently approved a third manufacturer to sell form stable implants: Mentor, Sientra and Allergen.