Ask the Surgeon: Are Silicone Breast Implants Safe?
Huge advancements in breast implant technology have made today’s silicone breast implants both more natural in look and feel, as well as extremely safe. Dr. Ali has used performed breast implant surgery using silicone implants with safe and natural results on thousands of women in Oakland County and across the metro Detroit area.
In this article Detroit area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali discusses the history and the safety of silicone breast implant surgery.
History of Silicone Breast Implant Surgery
Silicone implants were first used by breast surgeons in 1964 with new and imperfect technology. So, back then, some patients experienced complications. As a result, in 1992 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) temporarily recommended that silicone implants be removed from use.
However, in 1999, the National Academy Institute of Medicine issued a report stating that diseases such as connective tissue disorders, cancer, neurological diseases, reproductive problems, or other systemic complaints or conditions “are no more common in women with breast implants than in women without implants.”
These studies also showed that there was no evidence of long-term autoimmune problems in women who underwent augmentation with silicone breast implants.
And, other exhaustive studies have shown that silicone breast implants actually have complication rates that are the same as, or in some cases lower than, saline implants.
So, in 2006 the FDA cleared silicone breast implants cosmetic use in women aged 22 and older.
By 2010 breast implants were the most popular plastic surgery in the United States – with 62% of implants being silicone.
Do Breast Implants Cause Cancer?
Studies by the National Cancer Institute have also proven that there is no relationship between breast implants and breast cancer.
In the United States, approximately 1 out of 9 women (11%) will develop breast cancer. This percentage is the same for women with and without breast implants.
Today’s Silicone Breast Implant Surgery is Safe
Silicone breast implants are tested, regulated, approved and closely monitored in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration. Since 2006 the FDA has allowed the use of today’s modern generation of silicone breast implants.
Statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery state that roughly 1 in every 26 women in the US has breast implants – meaning that 4% of US women have improved their appearance with breast implants.
Complications of Silicone Breast Implant Surgery
As with any surgery, there is always a small risk of complication. Infection is a risk with any surgery that can be greatly reduced with proper surgical procedures and meticulous aftercare.
Local complications and adverse reactions can also include capsular contracture, reoperation, removal, and implant rupture. However, these risks are very rare when the silicone breast implant surgery is performed by a skilled board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali.
Detroit Area’s Top Breast Implant Surgeon
Dr. Ali is a Detroit area double board certified Birmingham breast implant surgeon who has performed breast augmentation surgery on thousands of women in the metro Detroit area, including Birmingham, Troy, Rochester Hills, West Bloomfield, and across Oakland County. He utilizes the latest techniques and best, state-of-the-art breast implant technologies and procedures – to ensure that your results are as safe as they are beautiful. Doctor Ali will be happy to offer you a consultation to answer all of your questions at his Birmingham office.
Feel beautiful inside and out, with breast implant surgery. And remember, financing options are also available.