The New Silicone Breast Implant News
By Elise Brooks, Nip Tuck News Staff Writer
Breast implants are the most studied medical device in the history of medicine. On April 14, 2005, Mentor Corporation, a leading supplier of medical products in the United States and internationally, announced that an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that the Company's silicone gel-filled breast implants are safe and effective for use in breast reconstruction and breast augmentation patients. This 7-2 recommendation for approval, with a series of conditions stipulated by the FDA's General and Plastic Surgery Advisory Panel, represented a significant step towards the current FDAs approval of Mentor's silicone gel-filled breast implants in the United States. Silicone implants are preferred and used regularly in other countries but were under major scrutiny in the USA.
Limited right to choose
However not everyone will have the right to choose between silicone or saline. The FDA still does not allow patients less than 22 years of age to get silicone breast implants for cosmetic enhancement only. The same women are old enough to vote, drive cars, drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes that are proven to cause cancer, but they cannot chose between a saline or silicone breast implants.
Why did it take the FDA 14 years to lift the moratorium on silicone breast implants? When mens silicone testicular implants went up for the FDAs OK they were approved in approximately 6 months with no age or physical restrictions qualifying patients.
Men now qualify for silicone
Some Grey Areas?
Even surgeons with years of experience are calling the
FDA and implant manufactures to ask about the guidelines in some gray
areas of who qualifies for silicone breast implants and who does not.
Corbin says if he is in doubt he has called the implant manufacturers experts to advise him if a patient qualifies for silicone or not.
The right to choose
With Saline implants ruptures may be more easily detected. Usually if a saline implant has a rupture it goes flat immediately like a tire would if it had a leak. In some cases however, a saline implant can have a slow leak and a deflation can occur over time.
The newer Silicone breast implants are manufactured differently today than they were in 1992. According to Fred Corbin M.D. he along with other experts toured the Mentor manufacturing plant in Texas recently. He saw first hand the care and precision it takes to make a silicone breast implant. According to Dr. Corbin, The outer case of the silicone breast implants is thicker and provides a protective barrier also the gel substance inside the breast implants is cohesive. The new gel is like one solid unit unlike some of the older silicone gel breast implants where the silicone was more like a liquid. If you cut a new silicone breast implant in half it would not drip out of its case. The breast implant would remain as a cohesive unit. Some experts compare to the new silicone gels consistency to Jelly candy like a gummy bear. If you cut a gummy bear in half you have 2 separate cohesive pieces like the new silicone breast implants. If a silicone breast implant or saline breast implant ruptures there is no medical science that concludes a ruptured breast implant a danger to a womans health.
Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Corbin says, I would feel totally comfortable putting silicone breast implants in my wife or daughters. In fact my wife has the new cohesive silicone implants True to the Hippocratic Oath he took when he became a doctor, Corbin, also states , I feel silicone breast implants are safe or I would never perform a single surgery using them on any patient knowing that it could harm them.
Corbin educates his patients on all the risks and
the benefits of breast surgery and according to him, It
doesnt matter to me one way or the other if a patient who is a candidate
for silicone chooses saline over silicone. I get beautiful
surgery results with both types of breast implants. I inform my
patients as much as I can and the ultimate decision I believe should be
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