Silicone Breast Implants Popular 6 Years after Ban was Lifted
A little over six years ago, the US Food and Drug Administration lifted a 14-year ban on the use of silicone breast implants in breast augmentation. Since then, the use of silicone breast implants has grown significantly.
In 2006, right after the ban was lifted, 19 percent of breast augmentation procedures used silicone implants, according to statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. In 2012, 72 percent of breast augmentation procedures used silicone, while saline breast implants were used in about 28 percent of the procedures.
Advancements in the shape, sizing and material of silicone implants have made them a popular choice for breast augmentation patients. Some of the benefits of this type of implant are:
- Natural appearance
- More natural feel
- Unlikely to ripple or wrinkle
The FDA banned silicone implants in 1992. There had been several reports of rupture, and the safety of the silicone fill material was poorly understood. People thought it might lead to arthritis and other diseases. There was no evidence showing a link between diseases and silicone implants. Today, they are used routinely, although there is a risk of rupture with both types of breast implants.
To learn more about saline and silicone breast implants, please contact the Cosmetic Surgical Center to schedule a breast augmentation consultation in Dallas, Texas with plastic surgeon Dr. Vasdev Rai.
Dr. Vasdev Rai
Dr. Vasdev Rai has performed more than 25,000 cosmetic surgeries over his more than 30 years in practice as a Dallas plastic surgeon. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who was first certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1983. Learn More...
Dr. Surjit Rai
Dr. Surjit Rai was born and raised in Plano, Texas. Being the son of a plastic surgeon, Dr. Rai had the unique opportunity to see first-hand the impact a plastic surgeon can have. He knew at a young age that he would dedicate his life and academic career towards the goal of becoming a plastic surgeon. Learn More...