Silicone Breast Implants are Back!

Apr 12, 2012 by



The third company to launch silicone breast implants post ban is California-based Sientra.  Johnson and Johnson And Allergan, Inc.  already have silicone implants on the market.  Sientra won approval for the silicone gel implants to be used in enhancement and reconstruction procedures in women 22 years of age and older.


The FDA has had a love-hate relationship with silicone breast implants since the 90s when they were thought to cause a myriad of diseases including breast cancer and lupus.   The concerns have not been sufficiently validated in any study and the implants were allowed to return th the market in 2006.  The FDA does require that all women with silicone implants be documented and their progress followed for any complications.   The most common issue has been rupture and the need to have the original set replaced usually within 5 years.





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