The FDA has approved silicone breast implants as safe for implantation (in November of 2006) after being off the market for several years due to fears they could be linked to autoimmune disorders, cancer, and other health issues. These issues were shown in large good studies to be unsubstantiated, and so silicone is once again being used for modern day implants. Some of the greatest risk factors seem to be capsular contracture, or hardening and scarring of the breast tissue.
Silicone implants since being allowed back on the market are generally the top choice over saline implants because they tend to feel more ‘real’ than saline implants. Regardless, it’s always best to have a detailed discussion with your doctor during a consult so you understand the pros and cons of silicone, and can make an informed and educated decision on what type you’d like to go with.
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