Seventy-two percent of breast implants are now silicone implants, according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). That’s a 52 percent jump since the year 2006, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reapproved silicone. This huge comeback is due in part to the fact that over the last decade the silicone implant technology has seen vast improvement.
The FDA first banned silicone implants in 1992 after complaints that they ruptured inside women’s bodies, which lead to the concern that the liquid could cause health problems like rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune disorders. After the health links could never be identified, the FDA lifted the ban for use. However, despite that silicone implants were deemed “safe and effective,” they still have undergone a lot of changes over the years.
The silicone implant of our mothers’ generation is very different than the one of ours. For one thing, leaking is not a threat anymore. If the silicone implant does break, it doesn’t travel though the body. Today, silicone is like jelly, it may ooze, but not run out like oil. With that said, the FDA still recommends that women with silicone implants have an MRI done every three years to check for breakage.
Also helping to sell silicone over saline is the common belief that silicone implants are much more natural–looking and feeling than saline. However, the FDA still warns that while silicone implants are safe, complications can arise. Hardening of the skin around the implant; ruptured, wrinkled or lopsided implants; and scaring pain and infection can all occur.
If you are considering breast implants, find out more here to see which type of implant is right for you.
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