In 2010, half of all breast augmentation surgeries used silicone breast implants. This popular type of breast implant was brought back onto the market for cosmetic procedures five years ago.
There have been concerns in the past that silicone breast implants may be associated with possible negative complications. If you remember these concerns, you will be glad to know that modern silicone breast implants were designed with safety in mind. While no surgery is without risk, new data has recently been released by the FDA that addresses the short- and long-term safety of silicone breast implants.
The History of Silicone Implant Safety
In 1992, the FDA removed all silicone breast implants from the market, due to concerns about silicone breast implant safety that arose in the 1080s. In 2006, the FDA approved the improved breast implants that are currently available.
One of the conditions of the FDA’s approval was that implant manufacturers would conduct studies tracking risks and complications over time. The results include a review of medical literature about silicone breast implants. The literature review found that:
- Most women were highly satisfied with the feel, shape, and size of their breast implants, and had a good body image.
- Women who received silicone breast implants are not at a higher risk for developing breast cancer.
- Silicone filled breast implants do not seem to affect breastfeeding or fertility.
There is not yet enough data to address some other concerns, but many of the safety concerns of older model silicone breast implants are being proven incorrect. Silicone breast implants are also used for breast reconstruction surgery, and can be placed during a revision breast augmentation. If you are interested in learning more about breast augmentation surgery, contact our Detroit area plastic surgery practice.
You can read the full study details and results about silicone implant safety here at the FDA’s website.