Gummy Bear Implants – The Future of Breast Implants
A breast implant is a prosthesis used to improve the size, texture, and form of breasts in plastic surgery. It is primarily used for medical breast reconstruction and aesthetic artificial breast enhancement. Gummy bear implants are a form of breast implants, made of high density and high strength silicone gel. The term ‘gummy bear implant’ was used as the implant retained its shape (just like a gummy bear) when it was cut in half.
Look and Comfort:
Gummy bear implants are designed to be soft. They replicate the look of a natural breast and they maintain an enhanced appearance even when the patient is reclining. Special cross-linked polymers are used to give the gummi bears their shape retaining property. Gummy bear implants lend a round but fuller appearance to the breast. Unlike the other implants, this implant variety cannot be felt under the skin. This makes these implants a very popular choice in breast augmentation surgery.
The implant is also filled with a semi-solid cohesive gel which makes absolutely no sound. This makes the implant very popular with high-profile patients. The high density gel is nearly semi solid. Therefore the implant is unlikely to wrinkle, ripple, rupture or fold. Rupture is the fundamental risk in liquid breast implants. A casing tea can cause leaks and long-term health complications.
The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) approved the testing of high strength silicone gel in 2002. The objective of this study was to get the FDA to officially provide data on the effectiveness and safety of such implants. The study focused particularly on rupture rate. A total of 1000 patients were selected for the study. Study results are available online and they demonstrated the effectiveness and safety. In 2013, FDA approved this implant to be used in breast augmentation/ breast reconstruction surgeries.
Manufacturers have come up with several versions of these impressive implants. At present, surgeons are using fifth generation silicone implants in breast augmentation procedures. This form of implant is much safer than other types of implants owing to a lower rupture rate and internal stability. Manufacturers have also guaranteed a three year rupture rate of 2%– 2.5%. The report of the five year clinical trial conducted by researchers, also showcase high rates of customer satisfaction and low rates of medical complications. The low rupture rate also makes gummi bear implants very popular with surgeons and patients.
While gummy bear implants are technically the most superior implant versions on the market, they are yet to gain in popularity with surgeons. The multi-billion dollar cosmetic industry is basically driven by esthetic appeal and comfort.
However, FDA approval, low rupture rates and affordable rates are bound to make these implants popular with patients. The effectiveness, safety and natural looks of gummy bear implants will also radically impact the future of breast implants.