Silicone Breast Implants: Though Life-changing, They Are Not Lifelong

Mike Wilton

by Mike Wilton | June 24, 2011 @ 08:00AM

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A new report from the FDA released on Wednesday about the safety of silicone breast implants reveals that despite frequent complications, silicone breast implants are relatively safe.  The study was the first to be conducted since regulators lifted the ban on silicone implants in 2006.

The most common side effect remains scar tissue which hardens around the implant, warping the shape of the breast. Other problems include rupture, wrinkling, and lopsided appearance, according to the report.

These findings were the result of a mandated 10 year study on women with breast implants to track not only leaks, but overall implant safety and was carried out by two U.S. manufacturers of implants, Allergan and Mentor.

The data also concludes that 20 to 40 percent of patients who have implants for cosmetic reasons will need another operation to modify or remove them within eight to 10 years.  For women with implants for breast reconstruction the number is even higher, at 40 to 70 percent.

In a recent news report with local television station KCAL 9, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Linder went into more detail about the findings and gave insight into some of the causes behind ruptured implants and leaks and how women can take precautions to find these problems early on.

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