How safe are silicon breast implants?

Safe. Breast implants are the most studied thing we surgically place in a body today. The institute of medicine study, and now over 400 peer reviewed studies show that silicone implants are safe. If they were not, we would not have them in the office. They are not permanent devices. Ask your local board certified plastic surgeon. They should be able to answer your questions. http://www.jjrothmd.com.
Debatable. Without sounding like a politician it really depends upon what you mean by "safe." silicone gel implants leak. They all leak minute amounts of silicone into your body. Your body may respond to this by producing a scar capsule around it that is much thicker than would be formed with a saline implant. This happens over years and may lead to the need for more surgery.
Very. The breast implant is one of the most well-studied medical devices on the planet. The information presented to the fda after years of research have shown them to be safe and effective. Silicone gel implants may become firm over time but have not been shown to cause cancer or other health problems. I would have no problem using these devices on any of my family or friends at this time.
Safe, I believe. This topic has been deabted and there are many stories on the internet about silicone implants and the lawsuits of the early 1990's. I believe, based on the information the fda has reviewed, that silicone implants are safe and would have no problem if my wife, mother or sister wanted to have silicone implants.
Safe w proper care. No surgery is risk free. Having said that silicone breast augmentation performed for the proper indications in the right patient and for the right reasons using reasonable sized implants with appropriate follow up is a very safe procedure. Seek the skills of a board certifies plastic surgeon who will guide you through this process and discuss the risks involved.

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I was wondering what are the long term dangers of silicon breast implants?

Rupture. The most common risk with silicone implants that are not replaced would be rupture. Ruptured implants can lead to capsular contracture and spread of the silicone into the breast tissue and possibly lymph nodes. Silicone implants should be replaced at around the ten year mark as recommended by the manufacturers. Read more...
Safe w proper care. No surgery is risk free. Having said that silicone breast augmentation performed for the proper indications in the right patient and for the right reasons using reasonable sized implants with appropriate follow up is a very safe procedure. Seek the skills of a board certifies plastic surgeon who will guide you through this process and discuss the risks involved. Read more...

If you were to have silicon breast implants and they started leaking how fast would you need to have them removed?

When you want. This is an elective operation --meaning when you want to have it done. There is no evidence that the leaking silicone is dangerous or harmful, despite previous studies in the 1980s and 1990s suggesting that it was. However, it is easier for your surgeon to get the leaking silicone out of your tissues if there is less of it, so sooner is probably better, but it is not an emergency! Read more...
As soon as safe. This is not an emergency but removal is genrally recommended when it is recognized. However, due to the current form stage implants it may be difficult to assess for rupture based on physical exam alone (called silent rupture) which gas prompted the fda to recommend periodic MRI testing at 3 years and ever 2 years thereafter to screen for implant rupture. Read more...
Sooner than later. While not an emergency, they should be removed when you are fit enough to do so. Call your local board certified plastic surgeon. They will guide you through this. Read more...
Soon. Although not an emergency, i think that it is best to remove free silicone as soon as safely possible. Although there are no specific guidelines, i suggest my patients try to do so within the first month after diagnosis. Best wishes. Read more...

Is it safe to exercise with breast implants?

Yes. I generally have my patients wait at least four weeks before restarting exercise after augmentation. After 6 weeks, I have no restrictions on their activity. Read more...
Exercise and Implant. Yes it is safe to exercise with breast implants. Generally you are asked to avoid strenuous activity for 6 weeks after surgery, but after that you are free to return to normal activities. Read more...
Absolutely. I recommend that you resume exercise 6 weeks after breast augmentation surgery and wear a sports bra when running. http://www.dassmd.com/breast-augmentation/index.html. Read more...
Yes. Most patients are able to return to “full activity” several weeks after breast augmentation surgery. There are some exercises, such as push-ups, bench press etc. Which may be best delayed for several months. Best wishes. Read more...
Of course . Surgeons will vary in their recommendations and there willbe some difference based in tech issues and implant location. Typically many exercises are permitted by 3 weeks with unrestricted activity by 3 months. However under the muscle implants may be distorted by certain exercises and you may want to avoid these. For a description, see the video below: http://youtu.Be/ukljd3dqk3u. Read more...
Definitely. If your implants are behind the muscle you may or may not notice a small decrease in the strength of your pec muscles. Unless you are a competitive bodybuilder this should not be an issue. Read more...
Abolutely. Just as soon as your plastic surgeon gives you the green light following your best augmentation surgery you are good to go. Best wishes! Read more...
Yes. Breast implants have been implanted in millions of women worldwide including professional athletes with no loss of muscle strength. Implants placed underneath the muscle layer may require a longer period of protracted chest wall exercise than implants placed above the muscle, but in general once healing is complete implants should not interfere with your activities. Read more...

Reliable and safe Brazilian breast implants?

Current affairs. Yes sientra are the newest entry into the american breast implant market. It is the newest option but it's track record has not been fully made clear. Read more...
Same as Standard. Brazilian implants are a variation of textured (coated) implants. They are in wide use in australasian areas, and seem to have a reasonable track record. They are reported to be of similar safety as in the other implants from allergan and mentor. Read more...
Implants. If in usa you can not use brazilian implants. Allergan or mentor are the standards in usa. Read more...
Silamed is available. Silamed is the main brazilian company that has been manufacturing breast implants in brazil for 30 years. The company silamed was recently approved by fda to sell breast implants in the us which gives patients one more option in addition to mentor and allergan breast implants. Read more...
Sientra implants OK. On march 9, 2012, the fda approved sientra's line of silimed breast implants for sale in the us market. This brings to 3 the companies that sell breast implants in the us. Sientra has been in business for 6 years, and sold breast implants elsewhere in the world, including brazil, where there is no fda. These implants are a safe and reliable alternative to allergan and mentor breast implants. Read more...
Yes. This past year the brazilian company, silmed began selling breast expanders for reconstruction and silicone breast implants for augmentation and reconstruction in the us. They are fda approved, sold under the company name sientra. They are the only company with an fda approved contoured gel implant at the moment. The company has sold worldwide for over 10 yrs and the device appears safe/reliable. Read more...
Approved in the US. The fda has recently approved silimed implants (manufactured in brazil) to be distributed in the us by sientra. The fda has found these to be reliable and safe. Mentor and allergan are the other main implant companies in the us. Mentor manufactures their implants in the us. Read more...

At what age is it safe to get breast implants?

When breasts mature. With the exception of congenital asymmetries, it is best to defer implants until completion of breast maturation (around 18). However, safety is a whole other issue related to indications, contra-indications, co-morbid conditions, genetic predisposition for breast cancer, nursing/lactational concerns, etc. Fda restricts silicone to 22 & older, at age 34, i would certainly think that you are safe. Read more...
Breast aug. The fda has approved saline implants for women 18 years and older for primary breast augmentation. The fda has approved silicone implants fo r women 22 years and older for primary breast augmentation. They may be used for breast reconstruction at any age. http://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/breastimplants/ucm258564.htm. Read more...
A big ? ?? safety. Hi, i can understand the possible need for breast implants, if you have breasts that are not uniform in size, are disfigured, removed due to breast surgery, but at this time it is not wise to use them for elective augmentation i know this sounds harsh.. But please review the fda.Gov website re:breast implants. I believe implants have unanswered safety concerns 10 yr postapproval studies r pending. Read more...
Depends on issue. Breast implants can be used at any point. Federal regulations now stipulate that cosmetic breast augmentations should not be done for those under age 18, and silicone for those under age 22. Talk to your board certified plastic surgeon for your individual case. Read more...
After. Very important to wait until after the breasts have finished growing and maturing. Any surgery before that time can have serious long term consequences. Saline breast implants are fda approved for 18 and older. Silicone breast implants are fda approved for 22 and older. Read more...
It depends. Breast implants for reconstructive purposes could be used even during teenage years (such as in people with breast absence or deformities). For cosmetic purposes fda approves silicone breast implants after 22 years of age. You can get saline implants before. This is a decision that has be discussed between the plastic surgeon and the patient +/- family. Best. Read more...
Implant safety & Age. For cosmetic breast augmentation the safe age is mandated by federal law- minimum ages of 18 & 22 years for saline and silicone gel implants. There is no age limit if there is a need for reconstruction due to congenital and acquired deformities. The safety issue has been put to rest as fda & numerous scientific studies have not shown any link with rheumatic diseases or cancer. Read more...
18, but... Breast augmentation done for “cosmetic” purposes is FDA approved for patients older than 18. However, there are cases where breast surgery is done for patients under the age of 18; these patients usually present with congenital breast anomalies and/or significant breast asymmetry. Best to seek consultation with board certified plastic surgeons who can demonstrate significant experience... Read more...

Are saline breast implants safe?

Yes. This is a lengthy discussion that is best had one on one with your plastic surgeon, but the bottom line is yes. There has been no more thoroughly investigated medical device than breast implants, and the data supports that both saline and silicone implants are safe. Read more...
Saline implant safe. Yes saline implants are safer than silicone gel implants but both are quite safe. Discuss the pros and cons with your plastic surgeon as s/he will be best able to advise you as to which one is appropriate for you. Read more...
- Yes and data suggest they are safer than silicone breast implants. For some patients, saline implants are a better choice than other type of implants. Read more...
Yes but not carefree. Breast implants, like any other surgical procedure should be performed by an experienced individual in a patient who has been informed of the risks, alternatives and benefits. Implants require care and maintenance including regular follow ups and routine breast cancer screening as in any other female. Other alternatives such as fat transfer do exist and may be considered as alternatives. Read more...
Yes. Breast implants are the most studied device that surgeons place in a patients body. The institute of medicine study and over 400 peer reviewed studies all show that implants are safe. If they were not, we would not put them in. Best to speak with your board certified plastic surgeon. He/she will answer your questions. http://www.jjrothmd.com/procedures/breast-augmentation. Read more...
Seek Consultation. Good question, but not enough space here. Seek consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons to discuss your goals. Learn about the pros/cons/risks/complications associated with breast augmentation surgery in order to make an informed decision. Understand, that breast augmentation surgery will almost certainly guarantee you additional breast surgery in the future. Best wishes. Read more...