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Similar Materials, Different Results: Choosing Between Silicone and Gummy Bear

If you’re considering breast enhancement surgery, you’re probably aware that there are different types of implants. The two most popular substances used in breast implants in recent years are silicone gel and saline, or salt water. However, if you’re leaning toward silicone implants, you have an additional choice: traditional silicone gel vs. gummy bear implants. Following are the differences between the two types and more information to help you decide which implant is right for you.

Understanding Silicone Implants

Silicone breast implants are made of a silicone rubber (Silastic) shell with a cohesive silicone gel filling. They are often chosen over saline implants because they feel more natural. The silicone gel filling is thicker than saline solution, and there is less tendency for visible rippling. Silicone gel implants tend to last longer than saline devices, and are lighter as well. For these reasons silicone implants are a very popular choice for breast enhancement surgeries. Silicone gel implants are available with both smooth and textured surfaces. There is some evidence that textured implants can reduce the risk of capsular contracture. They can be placed in front of or behind the pectoralis muscle, depending on the goals and preferences of the patient. Advanced technology has made silicone implants safer than ever.

Cohesive silicone gel implants can last for fifteen to twenty years. Under Canadian regulations, patients who are at least 22 years of age can choose silicone for their breast augmentation surgery.

What Makes Gummy Bear Implants Different?

Gummy bear implants are also made of silicone gel. The gel, however, is highly cohesive or nearly solid, in comparison to conventional silicone gel implants which have a more fluid, gel-like filling. Because they are virtually solid, gummy bear implants can hold a tear-drop shape; they may also be round. They have a reasonably natural feel and, like their namesakes, hold their shape even when their outer shell is damaged. Gummy bear implants may be less prone to leaks and, when rupture occurs, they do not deflate. These implants are also less likely to cause rippling than saline implants and are often used for enhancements where the implant is placed in front of the muscle. They do, however, produce more rippling than conventional silicone gel devices.

Making the Right Choices

Dr. Eric Pugash has over 30 years of experience and is recognized as an expert in the field of breast enhancement. He has used all implant types over the years, and will take your goals, build and breast type into consideration when recommending the best implant for you. If you live in the Vancouver area and are seeking breast enhancement surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Pugash today.