Dr. Schneider feels that there are several significant advantages to the new, generation five, highly cohesive “Gummy Bear” Silicone Breast Implants. These include significantly less rippling, a very low contracture rate, and a very low rupture rate at 10 years!
All breast implants have some ripples. Saline implants tend to have the most ripples and silicone implants tend to have less. However, the new gummy bear implants have the least visible ripples and this is clearly seen when you physically compare the implants.
Scar tissue can build up around the implants which can make them feel hard and uncomfortable. This is called capsule contracture. Different implants tend to have different rates of contracture. The new memory shape gummy bear breast implants from Mentor have the lowest contracture rate that we have seen.
All implants will eventually break and need to be replaced. The old silicone implants that were removed from the market in the 1990s had a ruptured rate of 50% at 12 years. All implants that we presently use in extremely low rupture rate at 10 years and the new gummy bear implants have a very low rupture rate.