November 28, 2014

The Different Kind of Gummy Bear

Breast Implants, Not Candy

At the first mention of “Gummy Bear” a lot of you might automatically think of the sweet and colorful candy your kid loves. Actually you’re not “completely” wrong, since Gummy Bear breast implants are sort of similar to the Gummy Bear candy, where it got its name.

Gummy Bear implants are also called high-strength gel implants or cohesive gel implants, because even when cut in half the implant retains its shape. It’s almost like when your kid bites off a piece of an actual gummy bear, where its shape stays the same and doesn’t leak.

What Gummy Bear Breast Implants Are For

Of course, because they’re breast implants, Gummy Bears are used for women looking to reshape or enhance the size and shape of their breasts. The rules and restrictions for Gummy Bear implants are the same with other types of implants.

For any type of breast implant, including Gummy Bears, you have to be in the right age (18 or older) and have good overall health. You shouldn’t be smoking, or doing any type of activity which might affect the way your body naturally heals.

Some surgeons may say that Gummy Bears are more recommended for thin women or women with small breasts who don’t have a lot of breast tissue. This is because Gummy Bears have a firmer shape compared to implants like saline breast implants, which can develop a visible “ripple” look.

However, to be completely sure whether or not Gummy Bears are the best implant choice for you, be sure to consult with at least two certified plastic surgeons. Also, always be completely honest with the surgeon/doctor when he asks you questions about your health to ensure your safety.

To help you be more guided though, here are a few good and bad points to consider when getting Gummy Bears:

  • GOOD: First-timers for breast augmentation
  • GOOD: Women with little excess skin.
  • GOOD: Women looking for just a moderate enhancement.
  • BAD: Women with droopy breasts.
  • BAD: Women who had breast surgery in the past.
  • BAD: Women who might want a larger implant size that might not be available in Gummy bear form.
  • BAD: Older women who have softer breasts.

The Gummy Bear Procedure/What Happens During Surgery

The procedure of inserting Gummy Bears is similar to other implants. A simple step-by-step definition of the procedure is as follows:

Step 1: Anesthesia is administered.

Step 2: An incision is made underneath your breast.

Step 3: The surgeon inserts the Gummy Bear breast implants through the incision, usually under the pectoral muscle (submuscular placement).

Step 4: The surgeon positions the implants so the breast takes on a natural-looking shape.

Step 5: The incisions are closed using either skin adhesive, surgical tape or sutures.

The only difference with Gummy Bears compared to other types of breast implants is the doctor doesn’t have lots of choices for where to make the incision. In fact, the easiest and the most recommended incision surgeons make for Gummy Bears is under the breast, otherwise known as an Inframammary Incision.

Other implants like saline and silicone can be inserted through other incisions like on the areola or on the underarm. This is because these implants are empty at first when inserted, then the surgeon will fill it up with saline or silicone through a tube.

Gummy Bears are al formed into their shape before it’s inserted into the breast, making it impossible for surgeons to insert them through small incisions in the areola or underarm. This is why Inframammary Incision is the best and maybe even the only choice for surgeons. This is the only place where they can make a big enough incision to make a proper placement.

Advantages of Gummy Bear Implants

Though this is a fairly new type of breast implants, reviewers have al mentioned some of its advantages over silicone and saline implants. Some of these advantages include the following:

  • They’re not so much at the mercy of gravity or the shape of the breasts as saline and silicone implants. This allows the Gummy Bear’s shape to remain the same for long periods of time. For Gummy Bears it’s the breast that conforms to its shape, and not the other way around.
  • Also because the filling is cohesive and doesn’t move around on the inside, Gummy Bears are less likely to form a “rippled” or “folded” look which shows on the breast.
  • Since the material of Gummy Bears is more solid than liquid, women don’t have to worry about it leaking.

The Post-Surgery Turmoil

As with other types of highly invasive surgery, you can expect some pain as the anesthesia wears off and your body adjusts and recovers from the surgery. There’s no doubt that your movement will be limited especially in the upper torso.

Your breasts will also be highly sensitive, and you can experience a “stab” of pain as the nerves in that area regenerate. Some women have also reported a feeling of nausea due to the anesthesia, fatigue is also quite common in the recovery period.

However, there are a few ways to help you prepare for breast surgery so you don’t “suffer” as much. Here are some tips to take note of before you make that appointment:

  • Be absolutely sure you have a family member or friend who can take care of you for the first 48 hours after your surgery.
  • Be realistic with your expectations for the surgery’s results.
  • You can “try on” a breast size by buying bigger bras or bras that fit your desired breast size. Make sure though that these bras do not have pads. Wear these bigger bras under your clothes and add pads until they look fuller. Doing this will give you an idea of what it’d be like to have breasts of that size.
  • To help lessen the chances of nausea after the surgery, drink lots of water prior to the surgery date.
  • When taking pain medication, make sure you have a full enough stomach. A small biscuit is barely adequate, so as much as possible try to eat a full meal before taking the pain meds. A lot of pain meds can upset the stomach and cause nausea when there isn’t enough food in the tummy.

Breast Implants NY

New York, among other cities in the United States, is one of the best cities to find an expert on Gummy Bear implants or breast implants in general. You’re in luck if you’re currently living in or nearby this city!

Another reason why New Yorkers are lucky is because they’re within range of world renowned cosmetic surgeon Dr. Michael A. Fiorillo! He’s a graduate of Chicago Medical School and the top of his class. Dr. Fiorillo has also honed his skills even more through several medical courses and trainings from Staten Island University Hospital and the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey.

Go ahead and search for the right surgeon to give you the full breasts you’ve desired, and remember the tips here to fully prepare yourself for the surgery!

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