Print Breast implants are medical devices that are used to augment breast size or to reconstruct the breast following mastectomy or to correct a congenital abnormality. Breast implants consist of a silicone outer shell and a filler most commonly silicone gel or saline. Approximately 5 to10 million women worldwide have breast implants. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons National Clearinghouse of Plastic Surgery Procedural Statistics, there were , breast augmentation procedures and 93, breast reconstruction procedures performed in the United States in Approximately half the procedures used saline-filled implants and half used silicone gel-filled implants. Figure 1 shows a photograph of woman holding a breast implant.
Sign up now Breast implants: Saline vs. The risks of breast implants? What happens if an implant ruptures? Get answers to these questions and more. If you're considering breast implants, you might wonder how to choose between saline-filled and silicone gel-filled implants.
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In , after evaluating existing research on the safety and efficacy of silicone implants, the FDA took them off the general use market because it found that the manufacturers had not done adequate research to show that the products were reasonably safe. This decision culminated a 15 year-long struggle between the FDA and the implant manufacturers who resisted calls for long-term studies of the device. The FDA has asked implant manufacturers to inform women receiving implants that they will need regular MRI exams which women will have to pay for out of their own pocket to detect rupture and to keep the clinical trials going until they have collected 10 years worth of data.
Contact Us Over the past few years, much attention has been focused on the safety of silicone gel-filled breast implants. Some women who have them have complained of chronic low-grade fever, fatigue, and joint pain, and attributed these discomforts to their implants. This raised concerns about a possible connection between silicone leaking into the body and the occurrence of connective-tissue and immune-related disorders such as scleroderma or rheumatoid arthritis.