Silicone Breast Implants Are Back

In November 2006, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved silicone gel-filled breast implants for women ages 22 and older.

Although silicone implants are used widely abroad, they were pulled from the U.S. market in 1992 on concerns that ruptured or leaking implants could lead to various diseases.

New research, however, indicates that silicone implants are safer than previously believed.

“FDA has reviewed an extensive amount of data from clinical trials of women studied for up to four years, as well as a wealth of other information to determine the benefits and risks of these products,” says Daniel Schultz, M.D., Director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA. “The extensive body of scientific evidence provides reasonable assurance of the benefits and risks of these devices.”

A study published in the November 2007 issue of The Annals of Plastic Surgery confirms the safety of silicone implants. The review was led by Joseph McLaughlin, Ph.D., professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and a member of the International Epidemiology Institute and Loren Lipworth, Sc.D., associate professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt-Ingram. The two cancer researchers found that women who receive silicone gel-filled breast implants have no greater risk of cancer than those who do not receive silicone implants. This is the first exhaustive review of the health effects of cosmetic breast implants in almost a decade.

Michael D. Cohen, a board certified plastic surgeon, states, “I have achieved very successful results for my breast augmentation patients using Memory Gel implants. Memory Gel implants provide a very natural result, in how the way the patient’s breasts look and feel.”

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