Thank you for your question. Silicone implants are some of the most thoroughly tested medical devices and are safe and FDA approved. If you still have anxiety about having silicone implants in your body, you can always opt for saline implants. There's even a newer generation saline implant called the Ideal Implant that feels more natural. Best of luck.
You should never put something in your body that is going to cause you ongoing anxiety. Switch to saline. But yes, decades of research has failed to connect silicone implants with disease. If you wear lipstick we can measure the amount of silicone in your blood. Every time you get a needle into your skin you are receiving silicone from the needle coating. We can go on and on with this. Women without implants get the same diseases in the same proportions as women with implants.
In all of the studies performed to date on silicone implants (and there have been many), there is no link between silicone implants and any medical disease meaning that these diseases occur at the same frequency in women with implants as they do in women without implants. This is true for the older silicone implants as well as newer silicone implants which contain a semi-solid gel material and not a liquid like the older ones. Older silicone implants were associated with a higher rate of capsular contracture, but they did not make women have systemic illnesses. Unfortunately, there is no truth filter on the internet and anything can be written and posted. All of the studies that investigated these claims found that the implants were not the cause of their illnesses.The newer silicone implants have a much thicker shell and a much lower leak rate than the old ones. They will not last forever and most doctors recommend replacing them every 15-20 years.
implants are among the most tested of medical devices. No other medical device
has been studied to the extent that breast implants have. Extensive studies of
tens of thousands of women with breast implants have shown that both saline and
silicone implants are safe. They do not produce a higher rate of breast cancer or
autoimmune disease. After vigorous evaluation by the FDA, both are approved for
cosmetic and reconstructive usage.
The majority of patients having breast augmentations are very pleased with
their results. No one should enter into that procedure with the idea that the
implants will last forever or that they may never need another breast surgery.
There are a variety of reasons why a woman would have a secondary procedure: to
alter the size of the implants as the patient ages and the size and shape of
the breast naturally change, to correct the effects of pregnancy on the
breasts, weight fluctuation, the implant can form a capsular contraction around
it which produces a hardening, or the implant may leak. No one can guarantee
the life cycle of an implant.
Robert Singer, MD FACS
La Jolla, California