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Posted on August 28th, 2012 by Dr. Albert Carlotti
Women who are considering breast augmentation (enlargement) may be concerned about possible safety issues or health complications that they may have heard are associated with breast implants. While it’s true that controversy surrounded silicone-filled breast implants in the 1990’s, medical evidence ultimately showed no link between silicone implants and several serious health issues supposedly caused by them, including breast cancer. Today, women and their partners can be assured that silicone-filled implants are safe.
In November 2006, the Food and Drug Administration lifted its moratorium on the use of silicone implants for primary (first-time) breast augmentation, which had been in place since 1992. Silicone-filled implants are now permitted by the FDA, but they are approved for placement only in women age 22 or older.
Today, both silicone-filled and saline-filled implants are used for breast augmentation and breast reconstruction. (It should be pointed out that the outer shells of both types of implant devices are made of silicone.) Almost 300,000 breast augmentation procedures and just over 93,000 breast reconstruction surgeries were performed in the United States in 2010, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. About half made use of saline-filled implants and half used implants filled with silicone gel.
Manufacturers of silicone gel implants today are required by the FDA to get their products pre-approved. Part of the approval process consists of an agreement on the part of the manufacturer to conduct follow-up studies to monitor the long-term performance and safety of their implants. It’s also worth noting that the newest generation of silicone implants differs from the kind that became the subject of litigation two decades ago.
Health and safety issues aside, breast enlargement is an aesthetic procedure that women choose in order to enhance their appearance. Therefore it’s important that the results of cosmetic breast surgery look as natural as possible. Avoiding a fake post-operative appearance requires a skilled surgeon who takes into account each patient’s body proportions when helping her to decide what implant size and method of implantation will suit her best.
If you’ve been wondering that the options are for breast augmentation, and which option might be the best for you, schedule a consultation with the Drs. Carlotti at the Carlotti Center for Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Albert Carlotti and Dr. Michelle Carlotti will answer any questions you might have about the various procedures and materials used to perform breast enlargement surgery at their Scottsdale clinic. Call the Carlotti Center today at (480) 947-7700.