What’s all the fuss about the ‘Gummy Bear’ breast implants?

Posted on June 26, 2012 by Cynthia M. Poulos, M.D.

Hello and welcome to my first blog post!

Recently, Rich, our Mentor breast implant rep, stopped into the office to pay us a visit.  Rich came to talk about the ‘gummy bear’ cohesive gel implant, a new type of silicone breast implant that is said to be high-strength, keep their shape better, and look and feel more natural than saline implants, which can feel hard when overfilled.

Most importantly, the gummy bear implant  has an even lower rate of rupture than the current 1.0 per cent, or less, at the median 6-year device-age of conventional silicone breast implants.

But what really sets the gummy bear implant apart – and the reason there’s so much hype about these implants – is that they can be formed into a natural teardrop shape that could last indefinitely!

Natural-looking implants that last for years – what could possibly be the downside to that?  As with any cosmetic surgery, it is impertive that you choose an ASPS Board Certified plastic surgeon, preferably one that specializes in breast augmentation.  Why?  Because of the gummy bear implants’ unique teardrop shape, they must be placed precisely and leave little room for error. A very unnatural look will result should the implant shift. With conventional implants, the surgeon intentionally creates an overly large pocket to allow the implant to move with the patient.  This is exactly the opposite approach required for the gummy bear implant, where the pocket must closely fit the implant.

Known in Europe as the Mentor Contour Profile Gel implant, Rich says the gummy bear implant is due stateside soon!  I’m excited to share this latest innovation with my patients the moment it receives F.D.A. approval.

How did the ‘gummy bear’ get its name? Courtesy Dr. Grant Stevens, a plastic surgeon in California, who told Allure magazine when you cut into the implant, the material doesn’t run hence the name: 

“If you removed the shell covering, the silicone inside would retain its shape. I got tired of explaining to patients that they’re sort of like Jello—which, when you cut it in squares, holds its shape. One day I just said, ‘They’re like gummy bears.’”