One of the commonly debated disadvantages to saline implants is that they carry the potential to deflate, leaving a woman with an often undesirable appearance until she can have the implant replaced. The longer a woman has the implants, the higher her chances of deflation.
An initial study by a California plastic surgeon that included more than 300 women who had the same model silicone implant, the Mentor Siltex adjustable saline implant, demonstrated that after five years, the rate of deflation was half what the manufacturer’s data suggests. While this initial study is a very interesting find, it leads to two very specific conclusions. First, the more women who agree to enroll in post-approval studies for both saline and silicone breast implants, the more valid and unbiased data that can be collected. Second, the more valid and unbiased data collected about breast implants of all types, the more information a woman considering breast implants will have to help make educated choices that are right for her.
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