Silicone breast implants make a comeback since 2006 FDA ruling

March 15, 2013

Silicone breast implants make a comeback since 2006 FDA ruling
Silicone breast implants make a comeback since 2006 FDA ruling

Since silicone breast implants were re-approved in 2006 by the Food and Drug Administration, their use has grown exponentially in breast augmentations. Fox News reports that new statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) show that 72 percent of all breast implants are now silicone. That's a drastic change from just 19 percent in 2006.

The FDA imposed a moratorium on silicone breast implants after several complaints of ruptured devices in 1992. There were also worries that silicone implants could lead to other health concerns, such as rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune disorders. However, after further testing and two advisory panels, the restriction was lifted and the FDA did not find any links to those health concerns.

The organization worked with plastic surgeons and manufacturers on producing safety data and did warn that 20-50 percent of women who received silicone implants may need replacement in 10 years, and there are still risks for certain complications. This is why it's crucial for women to do their homework on the procedure, as well as ensure their surgeon is board certified.

According to Fox News, there have been a lot of changes made to silicone breast implants. The shape and sizing has improved to produce a better contour. They're firmer and form stable – the old implants would leak out if ruptured. This means more flexibility in the way they look, more choices for women and safer to remove if there are complications.

Saline breast implants still control 28 percent of the market and has its benefits too. The implants can be made larger and are filled with solution that is easily absorbed by the body if ruptured. The incision is also smaller and easier to hide.

ASAPS suggest that the lift on silicone implants may have helped push breast augmentations back to the forefront of cosmetic procedures. Previously, liposuction was the most common choice for those going under the knife.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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