If you’re considering having breast augmentation surgery with Dr. Gurley, you’ll have many decisions to make beyond simply choosing to have the procedure. One of your decisions will be the type of implant. In the past you’ve had two choices, saline or silicone. But in 2012 a new type of implant entered your realm of options — the gummy bear implant. Here’s some information on these newer implants.
What is a gummy bear implant?
Although these implants are relatively new on the scene, they are already referred to in a variety of terms. You may have heard cohesive, gummy bear, form-stable, or highly cohesive. These implants retain their shape, unlike other implant choices, because the gel is thicker than traditional silicone implants.
High-strength silicone gel
When first releasing these new implants, Sientra said it had developed a new silicone gel. They call it high-strength silicone gel (HSC). They claim their gel is strong, yet very soft to the touch. Their HSC gels are proprietary to Sientra implants.
Two shapes available
Gummy bear implants come in two shapes basic shapes, round (HSC) and teardrop (HSC+), with a variety of options within those two categories. The HSC implants offer a fuller, more dramatic appearance in the upper portion of the breast. They project more. The HSC+ implants are designed to mimic the natural look and feel of a breast.
All Sientra implants are made with what the company calls TRUE Texture® Surface, a strong shell with texture designed to maintain its position in your body. This aspect of these implants aims to stop the implants from shifting once placed in the breast pockets, and usage statistics seem to back it up.
Their safety statistics
Sientra cites five years of study with gummy bear implants. Here are some statistics.
- Over 98% rupture-free through five years
- Zero reported incidences of implant rotation
- Low rate (3.9%) of capsular contracture