Are Breast Implants Safe?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions. Rest assured, there is no other medical device that has been put through more rigorous testing than the silicone implant. Silicone breast implants have been in use for 50 years now, and they have come a long way since their inception. Some of the more public congressional hearings on the safety of silicone gel implants in the early 1990’s led to some concern among patients considering silicone implants. The latest generation of silicone implants was introduced in 1993 and quickly became the world’s most popular breast implant.

Some of the issues that were seen with the original version of silicone implants included capsular contraction (hardening of the implant caused by scar tissue) and rupture. While no scientific study has successfully concluded that silicone that might have migrated throughout the body directly caused auto-immune diseases, this was widely rumored to be the case in the early 1990’s. Since then, the form stable, highly cohesive, gel implants have made the point moot. The next generation of silicone breast implants uses a thicker lining and also holds its shape, even when ruptured. This prevents silicone gel from migrating to other areas of the body.

Based on numerous scientific studies, silicone breast implants have been deemed both safe and effective. With advancements in the design of silicone implants, the silicone contained in the implant will not leak when the outer shell is ruptured. Using MRI technology, ruptures in the implant can be detected safely and effectively.