Are Silicone Gel Implants Safe?

The common belief is that silicone gel implants are unsafe for use inside the human body. The fact is, silicone is used in many different types of medical devices other than breast implants. Some of these devices are: heart valves, baby pacifiers, artificial joints, and even pacemakers.

 

Are They More Prone To Rupture Than Saline Implants?

The modern silicone gel implant devices use a thicker shell than their earlier designs. Some misconceptions for silicone gel implants hold that they can rupture during a mammogram - this is simply not true. The newer shells are designed to withstand up to 20 times the amount of force placed against the breast during such a procedure.

 

That being said, at the present time, implant devices will not last a lifetime. This is true for both silicone gel and saline breast implants. On a long enough time line, all implants will fail. It is recommended that implants are replaced approximately every 10 years from the initial augmentation surgery.

 

Does Silicone Gel interfere with a woman's ability to breast feed?

The short answer: No.

 

The Institue of Medicine published a report in 1999 regarding silicone gel interference with a woman's breast milk. Their study concluded that there was no evidence of silicone gel (or any other substance) in the breast milk of women with silicone gel implants that would be harmful to infants. The IMO stated that "the evidence for health effects in children related to maternal breast implants is insufficient or flawed".

 

Do Silicone gel implants look and feel more like a real breast than saline implants?

If you would have asked that question in the early nineties, the answer would be a definitive YES. However, modern saline implant designs have come a long ways in both their filler and their exterior shell.

 

Modern silicone gel implants and saline implants are very close in look and feel.

 

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