For women considering breast augmentation in Louisville, there’s good news: Dr. William Maisel, chief scientist for the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices, recently affirmed the safety of silicone breast implants. The findings were announced in a press release issued by the FDA that highlighted, among other points, that “silicone gel-filled breast implants are safe and effective when used as intended.”
Although silicone gel implants were previously approved by the FDA in November of 2006, the new report is nevertheless reassuring. As a plastic surgeon, I am committed to my patients’ safety and remain up-to-date on the latest news and research in plastic surgery. I have both investigated and witnessed the benefits of the “new generation” breast implants and am aware of the many advantages silicone gel holds over earlier models, including:
- New generation silicone implants contain a cohesive gel that will not leak if ruptured.
- Mammograms can be successfully performed on women with silicone breast implants when performed by a trained technician.
- Silicone breast implants have not been shown to pose an additional risk of cancer.
Although the majority of women do not experience significant consequences after breast augmentation, it’s important to remember that no surgery is risk-free. I encourage all my patients to see their primary care physician for regular screenings to monitor their breast health for a successful outcome.