Gummy Bear Implants
Dr. Herbstman was one of the first plastic surgeons in the area to offer the new gummy bear breast implants. At his New Jersey practice, he offers the high-strength, form-stable silicone gel implants as an additional option for women who want a truly custom, natural-looking breast augmentation. They are also a great choice for breast reconstruction procedures.
Dr. Herbstman takes a personal approach to each patient's care. See the difference when you visit his practice in East Brunswick and Red Bank. To get started, request a consultation online or call us at (732) 254-1919 to schedule your breast augmentation consultation at one of our New Jersey offices.
Silicone Breast Implant Advances
Since the third generation of silicone breast implants was reapproved by the United States FDA in 2006 (for women age 22 and older), manufacturers have continued to refine the technology. With each generation, the silicone filling has improved to increase safety, reduce complications and feel more like natural breast tissue. The outside silicone shell has been made stronger, yet more elastic and pliable.
Gummy bear breast implants are the fifth generation of silicone implants. They first began receiving approval in 2012, with Allergan's Natrelle® 410 and Mentor's Contour Profile® gel implants following in 2013. Mentor offers the only gummy bear implant made in the United States, and Dr. Herbstman was one of only a handful of surgeons invited to visit the Texas manufacturing facility. There, he witnessed firsthand the production of these high-strength, form-stable silicone gel implants. The remarkable silicone filling does not leak, even when cut or torn, and holds its shape when upright or tilted.
Gummy bear breast implants are available in a variety of options that enable Dr. Herbstman to create breast augmentation results that look and feel very natural. Breast implant options, which depend on the implant brand and style, include:
- Shape: round and shaped (teardrop). Round implants provide fullness at the top and bottom of the breast; shaped (teardrop) implants provide a natural sloping profile that is fuller at the bottom and mirrors the natural breast shape.
- Profile: from low to high. Also called the projection, this dimension specifies how far the implant sticks out from the chest wall.
- Base shape: includes round and oval. This option enables the implant to naturally integrate with each patient's chest width.
- Covering: smooth and textured. Texturing helps shaped implants remain properly oriented.
The number of choices when it comes to breast implants may seem overwhelming. Dr. Herbstman makes a point to educate each patient and ensure that she is confident with her final decision. In addition to offering form-stable gummy bear implants, Dr. Herbstman continues to offer cohesive silicone gel implants from the Mentor MemoryGel and Allergan Natrelle families, as well as saline-filled breast implants.
Gummy bear implants offer many advantages including:
- Look and feel like natural breast tissue
- Do not slosh, ripple, wrinkle, or leak
- Maintain their shape when tilted forward, backward, or sideways
- Provide a more natural shape for breast reconstruction
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Herbstman blends exceptional qualifications with a welcoming personality to provide beautiful results.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the ideal candidate for gummy bear implants?
Because the safety and effectiveness of gummy bear implants is well established, there is no "ideal candidate" for this type of implant specifically. Instead, good candidates for gummy bears or any other sort of implants should be women with no major health issues who desire larger breasts that still look and feel quite natural. During your consultation, Dr. Herbstman more thoroughly explains your options and helps you choose the implants that are right for you.
Are there any safety benefits with gummy bear implants?
Some research has shown that in addition to the benefits listed above, gummy bear implants have the advantage of a lower risk of capsular contracture. This complication occurs when scar tissue overdevelops around a breast implant and constricts it, distorting the appearance and sometimes causing discomfort. Although our careful and precise surgical techniques mean that we have an extremely low risk of this complication, we are also happy to offer devices such as gummy bear implants that also reduce risk for our patients. Your safety and peace of mind are our top priorities.
How long will gummy bear implants last?
Durable and attractive, gummy bear implants can look and function at their peak for 15 years or even longer. However, breast implants may not last a lifetime, and they may need to be removed or replaced at some point. There is no specific time frame for this, as all current implant styles are very durable devices. Typically, if there is a change in shape or feel of the breast, then further evaluation may be helpful to determine the status of the implants. MRI scans can be performed to determine if an implant has weakened before deciding if additional surgery is necessary.
How much do gummy bear implants cost?
Silicone gummy bear implants cost more than saline implants and sometimes slightly more than other silicone implants, but because of their advanced durability and low risk of complications, they are often a very cost-effective choice in the long run. Costs are different for each patient based on the specifics of her surgery. We are happy to provide you a customized quote during your consultation, and we also offer financing to help you fit your cosmetic goals into your lifestyle.