Which Breast Implants Are Safest?
Breast implants have been thoroughly evaluated using the most rigorous scientific evaluations including under the auspices of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and they have been subjected to countless clinical studies to determine their safety for use in the human body. The vast evidence and clinical experiences clearly validate the overwhelming safety of breast implants and, thus, they are available for usage.
What matters far more is choosing a plastic surgeon who you can trust to safely perform the procedure and guide you through a safe and successful recovery.
The Safety of Breast Implants
Starting in the 1980s, some concerns arose about a possible link between ruptured silicone implants and immunological disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. Due largely to intense political pressure from special interest groups with agendas and little hard evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in the name of safety, restricted the use of silicone gel breast implants starting in the early 1990s pending further larger scale studies. These studies were performed, and based on their findings of implant safety which included no evidence whatsoever of an immunological connection, the FDA removed the restrictions on the use of silicone implants in 2006. Silicone gel implants are widely available today with a multitude of styles and types and are far more popular than the saline breast implants.
In 2011, a possible link between ALCL and breast implants was identified. Ongoing studies have yet to fully delineate this, but the apparent risk is incredibly low. At worst, it appears to be found only in conjunction with textured surface breast implants. Interestingly, this same manifestation has been seen with other medical devices including orthopedic and dental implants.
Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants
In terms of overall safety, current research reveals no significant difference between silicone and saline implants. Both have risks that patients should be aware of, such as the risks of rupture, capsular contracture, and other complications. Over time, both types of implants will likely need to be exchanged through revisionary breast surgery. However, despite these risks, hundreds of thousands of women undergo breast augmentation every year and experience a completely safe procedure with minimal or no complications during recovery.
Choosing Your Surgeon
Since breast implants have been carefully regulated and deemed safe for use, women should focus more on their choice in surgeon. The best plastic surgeon will have years of experience, extensive training, board certification, and a proven record of safe surgeries and satisfied patients. Your surgeon should be able to understand you and your needs as well as alleviate your concerns with honest and caring open communication about the risks and benefits of breast augmentation.
Scientific research has proven that both saline and silicone implants are safe for use when evaluated by the FDA. If you have any questions regarding the safety of breast implants, speak with your plastic surgeon.
Dr. Turkeltaub would be pleased to answer your questions and help you come to a decision about breast augmentation. For more information, call (480) 451-3000 or fill out our online contact form to request your consultation today.