Silicone implants have been approved by the U.S. FDA, but that hasn’t stopped research into their safety. In December, Austrian researchers identified proteins on the surface of previously implanted silicone breast implants of 30 healthy women with silicone breast implants. The researchers speculated these proteins could result in immune reactions, but it does not conclude a link of any kind between the identified proteins and any form of disease, including autoimmune disease. The study did conclude these proteins take years, even decades to develop, the study size was small and only silicone breast implants were evaluated. Some doctors believe these proteins would likely develop on any implanted device in the body such as a pacemaker or orthopedic joint.
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