The history of it goes back to the '60s. In the '60s we started using silicone. Silicone is a very inert substance. It has never ever been shown to cause any disease of any kind. In the late '80s, early '90s, there was an uproar about asserted damage to women from silicone so holt silicone was taken off the market for a period of time until both retrospective, which means we look back at all the people who had silicone, study them, follow them forward and determine if they had any significant disease as a result of their use of silicone. None was found. We did prospective studies. That means people coming in who were given silicone but followed very carefully. No disease was ever found. Finally in the early part of 2000s, about 2006 or so, silicone was returned to the market with impunity. As a caveat, the FDA in this country wants you to be of major age so they want you to be at least early 20s.
History Lesson: Why Did Silicone Breast Implants Come So Late to the U.S. Market?
We take a look back in time as Dr. Thomas Trevisani explains why silicone breast implants came so late to the U.S. market.