Myths about Silicone Implants

Women who choose breast augmentation have the option of either saline or silicone gel filled breast implants. One of the most common concerns I hear from women choosing breast implants in Phoenix is whether or not silicone implants are safe. Despite exhaustive scientific studies of this implant type, there are still several myths that cause women to think twice. Here are the most common ones:

Silicone gel filled implants are linked to cancer and other diseases. There is absolutely no conclusive evidence to support this statement. The fact is, silicone breast implants are among the most studied of all medical devices and after all this research, there has never been a proven connection to rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, cancer, or any other illness.

Mothers with silicone breast implants should not breastfeed. This myth is based on the misconception that silicone could get into the mother’s breast milk. The National Institute of Health’s Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that there is no evidence of silicone in the breast milk of women with silicone gel filled implants. The IOM went on to strongly recommend that women with breast implants breastfeed their children, as there is no evidence of any harmful effects in children, and the benefits of breastfeeding are significant and documented.

Silicone gel filled implants can rupture during a routine mammogram. It is extremely unlikely that the new silicone gel filled implants would rupture during mammography or any routine activity. Today’s silicone implants have a thicker shell and an added barrier layer that earlier designs didn’t have. They are made to withstand more than 25 times the force of a routine mammogram. It is very important that women get their mammograms as instructed by their primary care physicians.

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