Recently, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved a new breast implant made from silicone gel. However, the FDA says that they have only approved the implant on the proviso that the firm Mentor Worldwide monitors the female users of it, and investigates its’ effects over the long term. On Friday, the agency granted approval to Mentor Memory Shape Breast Implants to begin using its new silicone gel implant in procedures involving females over 22 years of age, and to repair breast tissue in females of all ages.
This sanctioning means that there are now five gel-filled silicone breast implants on the market in the US, which have been approved by the FDA. In addition to Mentor, there are two other firms that supply these breast augmentation implants, Sientra and Allergan. These kinds of announcements are always likely to be controversial, but the FDA remains steadfast, claiming that women have a “reasonable expectation” of safety. Continue reading
Breast implants have a long and convoluted history in cosmetic medicine. Invented decades ago, doctors began preferring silicone implants in the 1960s. In the 1990s, though, a court case resulted in a nationwide ban on the use of silicone implants. Instead, surgeons and patients were only able to rely on saline for use in breast implants. In 2006, the ban was lifted. Since then, these types of implants have made a strong comeback and once again make up the majority of breast augmentation surgeries. Continue reading
Breast implants are used for a variety of reasons, from the purely cosmetic or aesthetic purposes of enhancing one’s appearance through breast augmentation to reducing the appearance of scar tissue and reconstructing breasts after major surgery. While implants offer some of the best cosmetics based alternatives, traditional breast implants have been associated with complications, including tightening of the skin and hardening of the tissue around the prosthetic, the need to undergo further surgery in order to better situate the implant or to remove it entirely, an uneven or rough appearance, and the possibility of infection or leakage of the implant’s contents. Continue reading