If you are considering getting gel implants through enhancement breast surgery, then the Swedish study, conducted between 1965 an 1993 at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, indicates that you should not be concerned. There is absolutely no scientific evidence for the alleged link between silicone breast implants and breast cancer. Because silicone in breast implants was banned from the market for a period of time, there seemed to be more discussion of the dangers when leakage and ruptures occurred. It was believed that systemic diseases followed exposure to silicone. This is not the case.
Implants made from silicone were approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a period of fourteen years. During that time they were the focus of media controversy in the United States because of the public outcry that was based on false claims of disease caused by leaking silicone-based implants. After 1996, the FDA restricted their use to breast reconstruction surgery only. Therein, cosmetic breast enhancements using silicon were banned. That left saline breast implants as the only cosmetic choice between 1982 and 1996.
Silicon is found naturally on the Earth. It is so common, in fact, that it is the second most common element on the planet, after oxygen. It is found in rocks, sand, crystals, quartz and many other naturally occurring substances. It is even used widely in processed foods, hair spray, hand lotion, gum and hundreds of other products that are used regularly. The human body is accustomed to silicone, and the previous claims that silicone breast implants cause autoimmune diseases and cancer have been deemed false.
During those years that silicone gel implants were banned, several companies did massive amounts of research on the silicone gel used in breast implants. The FDA approved a new variety of implants in November 2006, which are made of a silicone gel which cannot leak even if the implant shell is punctured. It is called MemoryGel or Cohesive Gel, and has a very thick consistency so that it actually sticks to itself and does not run. It has been compared to the texture of a gummy bear.
Silicone implants come in round or teardrop-shaped, textured or smooth, in a variety of different sizes, and with three different incision sites from which to choose. Talk to a board certified plastic surgeon about which type of breast implant will work best with the shape of your body.
Silicone breast implants are now FDA approved and back on the market; safer than ever before. Today, silicone-based implants are designed with state-of-the-art technology to ensure women aren’t exposed to additional risks above and beyond the norm. Many women will not ever consider using silicone due to myths surrounding them and may be missing out on the advantages this material has to offer.
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