It is estimated that as many as one in 26 women have breast implants. The popularity of breast augmentation surgery continues to increase every year. This allows plastic surgeons and manufacturers to continually innovate breast implants and surgical techniques to better serve patients. One of these innovations is the newest generation of silicone breast implants known as gummy bear breast implants. Gummy bear breast implants are designed to provide some of the most natural looking and feeling results currently available. Northwest Face & Body performs the best gummy bear breast augmentation Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
Gummy bear breast augmentation uses gummy bear breast implants to augment the breasts. Like other breast implants, plastic surgeons surgically implant gummy bear breast implants to provide fuller breasts. Breast augmentation can achieve a variety of goals like increasing cleavage, a slight lift, and rounder breasts.
Gummy bear breast implants have become one of the highest standards for breast augmentation in Bellevue. Among the newest generation of breast implants, many women choose and prefer the results of gummy bear implants.
Gummy bear breast implants are part of the fifth generation of breast implants. They are a type of silicone gel implant that uses a thicker and more cohesive gel. Traditional silicone breast implants are filled with a silicone gel that feels similar to gelatin. This makes them soft and malleable which is often a desired trait for breast implants. Gummy bear implants feel similar to a gummy bear candy, combining softness and malleableness, with a firm consistency.
This thicker gel offers many benefits and advantages that other silicone implants do not. For example, gummy bear implants typically shift less than silicone breast implants. This makes them less likely to become malpositioned. Overall, gummy bear breast implants have a lower complication rate than other breast implants.
Gummy bear breast implants come with many benefits for Bellevue breast augmentation patients. Along with those mentioned earlier, benefits of gummy bear breast implants include:
Undergoing a gummy bear breast augmentation in Bellevue takes time and research. Finding a plastic surgeon who provides results you like, choosing the right type of breast implant, and working out the specifics of your surgery can be overwhelming. At Northwest Face & Body, our dedicated team use cutting edge technology and refined expertise to make your Bellevue breast augmentation experience seamless.
The first step in gummy bear breast augmentation is to consult with a Bellevue plastic surgeon at Northwest Face & Body. Your plastic surgeon will lead a discussion with you to understand your goals for breast augmentation. They will also want to garner a good idea of your medical history.
Following this conversation, your plastic surgeon will physically examine your breasts and nearby anatomy. Based on your anatomy, your Bellevue plastic surgeon will be better able to recommend the right implant for your breast augmentation surgery. Finally, using Vectra 3D imaging, your plastic surgeon will take a scan of your body. The Vectra 3D imaging will then create a 3D replica of your anatomy.
Using this 3D model, your plastic surgeon can cycle through various breast implant types and sizes. This makes it easier to visualize your results and choose the gummy bear breast implant that will best meet your goals.
Finally, before leaving the Northwest Face & Body office, you will receive a customized price quote for your procedure. A surgical coordinator will then follow up with you to provide more information and financing options.
If you choose to proceed with your gummy bear breast augmentation in Bellevue, you will attend a pre-operative appointment. At this appointment, you will receive instructions on how to prepare for your surgery.
On the day of surgery, your plastic surgeon will make markings and discuss the specifics of surgery with you again. After you are cleared for surgery, a licensed anesthesia provider will place you under general anesthesia.
Your plastic surgeon will then make the incision chosen in the early stages of planning your surgery. The three types of incisions possible for gummy bear breast augmentation are inframammary fold, periareolar, and transaxillary. Utilizing the chosen incision, your plastic surgeon will create the breast pocket where your implants will sit.
If you choose the submuscular position, your plastic surgeon will lift the pectoralis muscle partially off the chest, so that it covers the breast implant. If you chose subglandular placement, your plastic surgeon will create the pocket above the chest muscle and just below the breast tissue.
Once the pocket is created, your Bellevue plastic surgeon will insert the breast implants. With gummy bear implants, our surgeons use the “no-touch” method to minimize possible contamination. This technique can lower the chances of capsular contracture and infection. When both gummy bear breast implants are securely in place, your plastic surgeon will stitch the incisions and you will begin to slowly wake up from anesthesia.
The first day following your breast augmentation surgery you may experience some side effects and pain. This is normal. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medications and give instructions on how to reduce discomfort. Usually, in about three to four days, many patients begin to feel more like themselves and may feel comfortable to get up and walk more. Some patients with desk jobs may be able to return to work, but this occurs on a case-by-case basis.
By one week, most patients return to work. This is also when most side effects should begin to subside. Light exercise like daily walking and low impact cardio may be possible depending on your healing process. Higher impact workouts should not resume before two weeks, and some exercises may have restrictions for six weeks or more.
As part of your breast augmentation recovery plan, your plastic surgeon may recommend ultrasound massages. Ultrasound assisted lymphatic massages can promote healthy drainage which can reduce swelling and pain. They may also prevent or treat capsular contracture.
Full results usually take around nine months to one year to appear. Your plastic surgeon at Northwest Face & Body will continue to monitor your results during this time. In general, patients return to their full lives (including all forms of exercise) in about twelve weeks. Some may return sooner based on individual healing.
Gummy bear breast implants come in two main types, or shapes: round and anatomical. The round shaped implant is similar to a traditional breast implant and contains a firmer, cohesive gel. Anatomical gummy bear breast implants are the famous teardrop shape which has more fullness at the bottom, like a natural breast. This shape mimics the look of real breast tissue for extremely natural looking results in most cases.
The formation and fading of breast augmentation scars take longer than it will to fully heal. Scars can take up to two years to fully mature and many more to fade. The length of time it takes a scar to fade is also based on age, lifestyle, and health factors.
After an examination, your Kirkland plastic surgeon can better determine what your scars may look like and how they may fade. Since it is an extremely individualized process, your plastic can better evaluate future scarring after an exam.
In surgery, your plastic surgeon will use the smallest and least invasive incision possible. Luckily, with most breast augmentation incisions, they are well hidden in a natural fold or crease of the body.
The fifth generation gummy bear implants were FDA approved in 2012. They were used for over a decade outside of the United States before that and have shown a high safety record. Compared to saline and other silicone breast implants, gummy bear implants likely have lower rates of capsular contracture and rupture. In short, yes, gummy bear breast implants are widely considered a safe choice for breast augmentation.
No, Northwest Face & Body is an outpatient surgery center. This means that patients go home the same day as surgery.
Gummy bear implants range in cost based on shape. They also come at a different cost than other breast implant options. Prices listed on our website provide a starting point for breast augmentation in Kirkland. To get an understanding of the cost of gummy bear breast augmentation and all our breast augmentation offerings, try our Price Simulator™ app that allows you to receive a tentative price quote before scheduling a consultation.
Northwest Face & Body works with outside financing companies including Care Credit to make your Kirkland gummy bear breast augmentation affordable. For more information or instructions on how to apply, please contact us online or via phone at 425-576-1700.
Northwest Face & Body has served the Greater Bellevue and Kirkland areas since 1983. Our premier plastic surgery services and experience make us among the best plastic surgeons in Bellevue and Kirkland. Located on the shores of Lake Washington, our Kirkland-based surgery center serves patients from all over the Eastside.
Our surgical facility is Medicare accredited whose standards are among the highest and most stringent in the state. Dr. Ludwig Allegra is a plastic surgeon who has decades of experience performing plastic and cosmetic surgery of the breast and body. He is familiar with gummy bear breast implants and understands how to achieve your goal aesthetics.