“The Gummy Bear” silicone breast implant made its debut in the US market in 2012 and quickly received its nickname due to its highly cohesive properties (its ability to maintain its shape). Since its introduction, the ever-popular Gummy Bear breast implant has evolved. With this evolution of silicone breast implants, Newport Beach patients are now provided the best options to achieve their aesthetic goals.
Gone are the days of simply “saline implants vs. silicone implants.” Breast implant manufacturers are continually seeking the advancement of current technologies, providing Orange County patients with more options than ever. Gummy Bear breast implants are the most highly researched breast implant, resulting in an improved ability to achieve breast symmetry and enhance cleavage while maintaining a soft, mobile breast. But what exactly is a Gummy Bear implant, why are they the most sought out silicone breast implant, and are they right for you?
What Are Gummy Bear Implants?
Gummy Bear breast implants are used in both primary breast augmentation and in breast revision surgery (breast implant exchange) at our private Newport Beach surgery center. Many breast augmentation patients in Orange County choose silicone breast implants for their tendency to feel more real, like natural breast tissue. Within the “Gummy Bear” category, manufacturers (Mentor and Allergan) now offer anatomically shaped breast implants and smooth round silicone gel implants with multiple levels of cohesiveness.
Silicone implants come in different levels of cohesiveness in order to meet the needs of a variety of patients, with a variety of Southern California lifestyles and activity levels. This variation in cohesiveness can help fine-tune a patient’s goals for breast shape and fullness, based on the breast implant’s profile and projection. Gummy Bear implants, the most cohesive of the silicone implants, offer one of the best cosmetic surgery solutions for Newport Beach breast augmentation patients seeking a natural-looking breast.
Benefits of Gummy Bear Implants
The highly cohesive Gummy Bear silicone gel breast implant has several benefits over traditional, less cohesive implants:
- The Gummy Bear implant not only adds volume, but it also creates and maintains breast shape;
- Lower tendency for breast rippling and wrinkling; and
- Cohesive gel stays bonded together even if the external implant shell is breached.
Anatomically shaped Gummy Bear implants with a textured surface have the added benefit of:
- Moderate upper pole fullness for a natural-looking breast slope, providing a gradual transition from the collar bone to the nipple;
- Decreased rate of capsular contracture (tightening of internal scar tissue formed around the implant); and
- Less animation deformity when using chest muscles (of key importance for our patients who are active health and fitness enthusiasts).
Are Gummy Bear Implants Right For Me?
Knowing the amount of cleavage you like and how much perk and fullness you prefer can help Dr. Chong evaluate whether the Gummy Bear implant is right for you. Gummy Bear implants are most often recommended for breast implant candidates who:
- Desire a natural-looking breast;
- Have less native breast volume (are currently a smaller cup size);
- Do not have droopy breasts or an overly stretched breast envelope; and
- Do not engage in activities such as surfing which routinely works the muscles of the upper body as this can cause rotation of shaped breast implants.
Communicating your aesthetic goals is key in achieving optimal surgical results. During your consultation with Dr. Chong in Newport Beach, she will spend time discussing your breast augmentation goals and reviewing which breast implants are best suited to your needs based upon your height, weight, and chest wall measurements. We encourage you to bring photos to your consultation of looks you like to help communicate your ideal breast.
Gummy Bear Implant FAQs
How much experience does Dr. Chong have with silicone implants?
Dr. Lavinia K. Chong has had a lengthy history with the use of silicone gel implants at her Newport Beach plastic surgery center and is committed to assisting in research within her field of plastic surgery. Dr. Chong has been a participating surgeon in manufacturer post-approval breast implant studies and is a participating surgeon in the National Breast Implant Registry (NBIR). She has extensive experience and training in the placement of Gummy Bear implants, both anatomically shaped and smooth round implants.
“The entire staff is welcoming, friendly, and discreet. Dr. Chong is knowledgeable, kind, and thoroughly explains the procedures. The entire team is top notch!” -Patient from Healthgrades
How do I know if I am a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery?
The ideal surgical candidate for breast augmentation surgery at our Newport Beach facility in Orange County:
- Is in good general medical health;
- Has realistic expectations for surgery; and
- Is a non-smoker, as smoking can complicate the breast augmentation procedure and recovery time.
How does breast surgery with gummy bear silicone breast implants differ?
Once you have developed a surgical plan with Dr. Chong and have decided that gummy bear breast implants will provide you with more benefits than saline implants or traditional silicone implants, the next step is to schedule your surgery date. When you schedule your breast augmentation surgery or implant exchange with Dr. Chong in Newport Beach, it is important to note there are a few differences in the surgical procedure when using a gummy bear breast implant:
- Placement of the implant is solely through an incision along the inframammary fold (IMF incision);
- Correct positioning of shaped breast implants requires a larger incision and the creation of a tighter pocket; and
- You will not need to massage your breasts after surgery.
What Should I Expect From Gummy Bear Implant Surgery?
Your consultation, pre-op, and surgery take place in one convenient location. Our private Orange County surgical suite is located in the Newport Medical Plaza just down the street from Fashion Island Shopping Center in Newport Beach. While you will have an opportunity to size for implants to simulate the outcome at your consultation, it is at your pre-op appointment that you will meet again with Dr. Lavinia K. Chong to confirm the sizing of your Gummy Bear breast implants. Your pre-op appointment will occur two weeks prior to your surgery date.
On the day of surgery, you will arrive at our surgical center after having fasted for at least 12 hours. Upon arrival, members of our surgical team will admit you and prep you for your procedure. When it’s go-time, your anesthesiologist will begin the process of monitored anesthesia (MAC) so that you are comfortably asleep and completely unaware of the surgery. Because your health is of our utmost concern, your vital signs will be monitored throughout the entire procedure.
Dr. Lavinia K. Chong Is Your Best Choice For Gummy Bear Implants In Newport Beach
Not all plastic surgeons offer Gummy Bear implants. Call our Newport Beach surgery center today to schedule a consultation for breast augmentation with Dr. Lavinia K. Chong, and see if Gummy Bear silicone breast implants are right for you! During your first appointment, she will explain not only the breast augmentation procedure, but will also review the advantages of Gummy Bear breast implants, and help you decide would be an option based on your unique needs and circumstances. You’ll also have a chance to feel a sample implant for yourself so that you can experience the difference first-hand!
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Chong by calling our Newport Beach office today at (949) 644-1400.