Are Gummy Bear Implants Safe? Let Us Answer For You!


If you have searched “Are gummy bear implants safe“?, you have come to the right place. Patients frequently ask us about gummy bear implants. Below we will explore more about gummy bear implants – including some of the most frequently asked questions and addressed concerns related to them as an innovative breast augmentation option.

Since gummy bear implants are relatively new, the long-term effects are unknown to the same extent as saline and traditional silicone implants. They were approved by the FDA in 2012 but have been sought after ever since.

This article is purely for educational purposes. When it comes to your health, you always want to discuss your specific needs with a skilled plastic surgeon who can give highly personalized guidance. We hope this Q and A gives you a strong starting point as you work through these personal decisions.

What Are Your Breast Augmentation Options?

Generally, there are just a few different types of breast implants or augmentation. The best for you as an individual depends on your needs, lifestyle, budget, and health history. Options include:

  • Saline or salt water implants
  • Silicone implants
  • Gummy bear or cohesive gel implants
  • Fat transfers from one part of the body to the breasts

What Are Gummy Bear Implants?

Gummy bear implants, also referred to as cohesive gel implants, are an innovative form of silicone breast implant designed to mimic the natural shape and feel of breast tissue.

While traditional silicone implants consist of thin liquid silicone gel, gummy bear implants utilize thicker yet highly cohesive forms of this substance which maintain their shape when cut in half; hence their popular name.

The gel is thicker than the silicone used in traditional silicone implants, so it holds its shape better. The texture reminds many people of gummy bear candies, which led to this nickname. This option isn’t as well known as traditional silicone and saline implants since it is a newer form of implant.

Implants, including gummy bears, may either be a round or a tear-dropped shape. The tear-drop-shaped implants are thickest at the bottom and soften as people age.

Why Gummy Bear Implants?

Patients typically choose gummy bear implants due to their durability and longevity. Their cohesive gel filling helps minimize leakage or rupture risks, offering more reliable and long-term results than traditional implants. In addition, due to their form-stable nature gummy bear implants can maintain natural breast shape over time with reduced risks of rippling or wrinkles.

What Are the Benefits of Gummy Bear Implants?

Gummy bear implants have a more natural look and feel than regular silicone implants due to the teardrop shape. The upper breast feels more natural and hangs in a more natural-looking way. Some women who want a little more fullness prefer the look of gummy bear implants.

Due to the more stable teardrop shape, gummy bear implants typically don’t shift as much with movement as other implants. They also pose less risk of leaking due to rupture than traditional silicone implants. In addition, they appear to pose less risk of capsular contracture or scarring around the implant.

Are There Any Cons to Gummy Bear Implants?

Due to the teardrop shape and material, gummy bear implants can’t add as much volume to the breasts as saline or silicone implants. Also, the procedure may result in a longer scar. Saline implants can be inflated inside the body, but gummy bear implants must be inserted intact.

Some feel that gummy bear implants are too firm for their preference. They tend to be firmer than traditional silicone. Breast augmentation using gummy bear implants tends to be more expensive than other traditional implants. If you get textured gummy bear implants, be aware that textured implants may have a link to a rare disorder known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

How Long Do Gummy Bear Implants Last?

Since gummy bear implants are relatively new, we don’t know as much about how long they last. Implants of any kind may need to be removed or replaced at some point. Gummy bear implants may last at least ten years.

Are Gummy Bear Implants Safe?

Yes, gummy bear implants have been thoroughly investigated for safety and efficacy by the Food and Drug Administration and studied extensively by researchers to ensure their performance and durability meet stringent standards for performance and durability. Furthermore, their cohesive gel filling has been designed to minimize silicone leakage should they break, providing patients with peace of mind regarding their safety.

Are Gummy Bear Implants Textured?

Gummy bear implants are often textured to prevent slippage and shifting. However, sometimes smooth, round gummy bear implants are available. The teardrop-shaped gummy bear implants are typically textured. If a teardrop-shaped implant shifts, you would need surgery to correct it. When symmetrical round implants shift slightly, it isn’t as noticeable.

What Is the Recovery Process Like For Gummy Bear Implant Surgery

Recovery following gummy bear implant surgery is similar to traditional breast augmentation in that patients should expect some discomfort, swelling and bruising in the days following surgery; these side effects typically subside within a week or two and most individuals are back at work within several days; strenuous exercise should be avoided for several weeks for optimal healing purposes.

Are Gummy Bear Implants Right For Me?

While gummy bear implants may be suitable for many individuals seeking breast augmentation, they might not be the optimal choice for everyone. Ideal candidates for gummy bear implants usually possess good overall health and realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the procedure, while looking for long-lasting results. Our experienced plastic surgeons will evaluate your individual needs and goals during your initial consultation to ascertain whether gummy bear implants would meet them.

What Are the Next Steps?

If you are considering breast augmentation, your next step is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon. At Charlotte Plastic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons are committed to providing personalized care while helping you reach the results that match your desired goals – stunning yet natural-looking results are our specialty!

Reach out now and schedule an initial consultation so we can start you on the path toward building confidence and realizing the silhouette you have always desired!