Gummy Bear Breast Augmentation

Many women ask about the gummy bear breast augmentation. The term gummy bear was coined in the late 1990s to allay some of the fears that women had regarding utilizing breast implants. And with time it was thought that if her breast implant ruptured that the gel inside of the implant would spread throughout the body and cause all sorts of diseases and cancers. We know at this point that this is not true. The gummy bear was developed to give the impression to women that if the implant ruptured that the internal gel contents would not spread throughout the breast into little droplets and cause injury or disease. This was a very good concept and many implants were then utilized to have a thicker fluid that gave the impression of the gummy bear implant, much like a gummy bear that we would eat as a candy. However, the tradeoff is that the implant is quite firmer than a normal silicone gel implant and feels less natural. To hold its shape as a gummy bearlike substance it also must become firmer. As a result, this sophistication of the silicone gel implant and its feel is lost to some degree as the firmness is more significant. All the silicone gel implants now have what is called a low bleed implant. This means that if the breast implant ruptures the gel does not so to speak bleed throughout the breast and the body and cause tissue injury. So, the gummy bear implants referred to a relatively rigid implant that did not bleed at all. Almost all the gel implants now have a thicker subsidence but not quite as thick as the gummy bear that was originally described. If the gel implant is cut with a knife you will see that the internal contents do not drip out like a fluid but tends to be more cohesive and hold itself into a on structured blobs so to speak. So specifically, the gummy bear implants are not necessary. We know now that the implants once they do rupture did not spread throughout the body and are usually contained by the capsule or the scar that the body normally forms around the implant. Specifically, the body forms a capsule around the implant which is a scar like a filmlike bag or sac around the implant so when the implant ruptures is rare that any of the contents extend beyond the confines of this capsule around the implant.

Please feel free to have a look at our page for Dr. Jacobsen’s breast implant recommendations to learn more about Dr. Jacobsen’s approach.

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  • review rating 5  Dr. William Jacobsen and his entire staff are all very educated, professional and extremely responsive to any questions or concerns. They set up very real expectations for me after taking the time to help me understand what was hoped to be achieved. I have been treated with the highest respect and kindness. Dr. Jacobsen has an extraordinary bedside manner and met my needs and expectations in every way! With future facial and cranial reconstructive surgery to be performed, I am confident in facing the future with the care and golden hands of Dr. William Jacobsen.

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  • review rating 5  I couldn't be happier with my procedure. Dr. J has the most kind and relaxing manner and he is the ultimate professional. I had a fatty tumor on my forehead that he removed, as well as breast reconstruction. The breast reconstruction was overdue as I had breast cancer with multiple lumpectomies, biopsies and radiation. It left the tissue hard and my old implant like a rock. He was able to correct all of the problems and I'm much happier with my appearance. Although you may find it odd at first that you can't get anyone by phone their response time is amazing. I emailed the office on a Sunday afternoon that I had a problem and within ten minutes (no exaggeration) I had a text back that a prescription had been called in to my pharmacy. I've had procedures with other doctors around the Valley and never had an experience more pleasant, nor one which I was happier with the results.

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  • review rating 5  My experience with Dr Jacobsen, MD has been a stunningly positive experience. Is he a highly skilled surgeon? Yes, without a doubt and I would not hesitate to seek his help with any problem whatsoever. He is an excellent communicator and answers any and all questions and concerns so that I knew what was going to happen and what to look forward to. His staff is excellent as well. Dr Jacobsen has put together a highly professional team across the board. Bob N. 2/28/18

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  • review rating 5  Hi Dr. J ., Tracy, Ashley, Kimberly and Susan- I came back to your surgical practice as I was very pleased with previous results. I find again a very caring atmosphere and staff and I am excitedly anticipating future results of your excellent technical expertise. Waiting to hear from you regarding the rest of the repair work yet to be done. Happy New Year and Happy Blessings to all of you! Thanks so much, Lisa Bishop

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Dr. William Jacobsen
Plastic Surgery
2400 East Arizona
​Biltmore Circle, Ste 2450
Phoenix, AZ  85016

Phone: 602-212-0100
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