One of the big decisions with breast implants is what type of implants you will get. In this day and age, over 90% of the patients in my New York City private practice opt for silicone implants. This is because silicone implants tend to look and feel more natural than saline implants. In addition, in thinner women, silicone implants are less likely to demonstrate visible wrinkles or folds.
Within the category of silicone implants, women have the option of choosing "gummy bear" silicone or traditional highly cohesive gel silicone implants. Both types of implants have their advantages, and I am happy to accommodate my patients' preferences about implant type. However, overall, most women in New York City tend to prefer traditional highly cohesive silicone gel implants over gummy bear implants.
Gummy Bear Breast Implants
Gummy bear breast implants are form stable, meaning that, much like a gummy bear, if they are cut in half, they will keep their shape. Gummy bear implants can be round or shaped like a teardrop. They tend to be firmer and harder than traditional silicone implants.
Traditional Highly Cohesive Gel Silicone Implants
Highly cohesive gel silicone implants also maintain their shape if cut in half, however, they are softer and more bouncy feeling than gummy bear implants. Women who have traditional silicone implants report that they feel like a soft, natural breast at a higher rate than women who have gummy bear implants.
Gummy bear implants versus silicone implants
Think of a gummy bear implant like a jelly bean and a traditional silicone implant like a cube of Jell-o. Both are soft. Both are form stable. Both will maintain their shape if cut in half. But a gummy bear implant will feel firmer and be less squeezable, while a traditional silicone implant will be softer and more pliant.
For this reason, most women in my practice (and most women surveyed overall) report a preference for traditional silicone implants.
If you have questions about breast augmentation surgery, including silicone, saline, or gummy bear implants, please feel free to contact my office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan at (212) 452-2400 or office@LaraDevganMD.com.