10 doctors weighed in:
Are silicone breast implants safe in the long run?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Implants are probably one of the most thoroughly researched devices implanted into human beings.
On a lighter note- my kids played dodge ball with a couple of implants for weeks and they held up- far more intense potential damage than any mammogram, etc would do to an implant :).

In brief: Yes
Implants are probably one of the most thoroughly researched devices implanted into human beings.
On a lighter note- my kids played dodge ball with a couple of implants for weeks and they held up- far more intense potential damage than any mammogram, etc would do to an implant :).
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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2 comments
Dr. Otto Placik
Silicone implants provide excellent resultss but do require follow up and intermittent care as well as monitoring and evaluation with MRI. Early managment of rupture minimizes complications.
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Silicone implants do not last forever. Gels seem to wear out sooner than salines (depending on the model) probably because it is not a good idea to fill a polymer rubber with its solvent. If they rupture it can be silent until it causes problems so most doctors recommend replacement before rupture- like 10-12 years later. Saline shouldn't harm so can wait until they leak. Less messy to remove.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Has been proven to the satisfaction of the fda.

In brief: Yes
Has been proven to the satisfaction of the fda.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Richard Tholen
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Safest choice of all
Although saline implants are debatably "safer, " they can leak and require re-operation for replacement.
Surgery is a risk--low but still! the newest silicone gel implants are a cohesive solid and cannot "leak" like older silicone implants. Plastic surgeons who decry the newest silicone implants have never cut one open. Older silicone can indeed leak but that is not what is being used now!

In brief: Safest choice of all
Although saline implants are debatably "safer, " they can leak and require re-operation for replacement.
Surgery is a risk--low but still! the newest silicone gel implants are a cohesive solid and cannot "leak" like older silicone implants. Plastic surgeons who decry the newest silicone implants have never cut one open. Older silicone can indeed leak but that is not what is being used now!
Dr. Richard Tholen
Dr. Richard Tholen
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Dr. John Di Saia
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Di Saia
Dr. John Di Saia
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Yes
Any procedure carries risk but with proper care and follow up and early treatment of , silicone implants are safe.

In brief: Yes
Any procedure carries risk but with proper care and follow up and early treatment of , silicone implants are safe.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Richard Baxter
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Yes
In august of 2011 the fda revisited the question of silicone breast implant safety and reaffirmed that they are safe and effective.
Though there is a controversial history, all major studies have reached the same conslusion. There are risks with every surgery and it is important to be familiar with the particular risks of breast implants, which your plastic surgeon should review in detail.

In brief: Yes
In august of 2011 the fda revisited the question of silicone breast implant safety and reaffirmed that they are safe and effective.
Though there is a controversial history, all major studies have reached the same conslusion. There are risks with every surgery and it is important to be familiar with the particular risks of breast implants, which your plastic surgeon should review in detail.
Dr. Richard Baxter
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Dr. Alan Chen
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Yes
Currently there are no studies to show danger in using silicone implants for breast reconstruction or augmentation.
Fda has approved silicone implants for both.

In brief: Yes
Currently there are no studies to show danger in using silicone implants for breast reconstruction or augmentation.
Fda has approved silicone implants for both.
Dr. Alan Chen
Dr. Alan Chen
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