A saline implant with the feel of silicone?  Hmm…

I’ve felt the implant.  It is soft if so underfilled that it flops over on itself.  That can lead to folds and ripples, and perhaps even weakness and shell failure where the shells rub together.  It certainly means that there is no real preservation of any particular shape.

What really bugs me about this press release is the use of the word “Safety” in the title, implying that there is something unsafe about silicone.  What’s unsafe about silicone?  The answer is nothing…other than fear fanned by unscrupulous plaintiff attorneys and individuals who are sociologically opposed to breast augmentation, there is simply not a shred of scientific evidence suggesting that there is anything “unsafe” about silicone.  For a product backed by plastic surgeons to suggest otherwise is socially irresponsible.

Aside from that, what are the odds this ever gets FDA approval.  Even the Style 410 breast implant – invented in the early 1990s – under intense US trial scrutiny since 2001 – with dozens of peer-reviewed publications – and data that far surpasses any other breast implant, is still not approved!

Even if the ideal implant is proved to be safe an effective – a long process at best – what makes anyone think the FDA will move with any more alacrity than they have with the 410?

The bottom line is that today’s silicone implants are safe.  Any woman afraid of them for either unsubstantiated or visceral reasons should either get a saline implant or no implant at all.  It just doesn’t make sense for someone concerned about silicone implants with a track record of safety to be a study subject with a new implant.  Yes, it is indeed filled with saline, but there are mechanical issues and risks to longevity that must also be considered.

Of course, another option is to consider cohesive silicone implants…see http://cohesiveimplants.com/ for more information.

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