Silicone Gel Breast Implants Now FDA Approved

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved silicone gel breast implants for first-time breast augmentation. Previously, these implants were restricted to breast reconstruction patients and just a few other women for whom saline implants were not a good choice. They’re approved for all women 22 and older. At Centre for Plastic Surgery, we are pleased to offer Mentor Implants. Mentor is a world leader in breast implant manufacturing, research and testing, and is recognized for outstanding product integrity. Mentor offers two types of silicone breast implants- MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants and MENTOR®MemoryShape® Breast Implants.

Advantages of Silicone Implants

Silicone gel implants look and feel more natural. They weigh a little less than saline implants, for each given size. Further, they have less tendency to ripple in any way that can be seen or felt.

As with saline implants, silicone gel implants can be placed either submuscular (below the chest muscle), or subglandular (that is, above the muscle and below the glands). They can use the following three incision locations:

  • Inframammary (beneath the breast)
  • Areolar (below the nipple)
  • Transaxillary (in the armpit)

The FDA did not approve the fourth incision location, the TUBA incision (through the belly button). Each location has its advantages and disadvantages.

Silicone implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be either round or anatomical (teardrop-shaped), and can have either a textured surface or a smooth one.

Exchanging Saline for Silicone

If you have saline implants and would like to switch to silicone gel implants, we offer this option. Please email us for a consultation. This procedure requires general anesthesia.

Silicone gel implants made by two California companies were approved in this FDA decision: Allergan, Inc. and Mentor Corporation. These implants are judged to be safe and effective. These two companies will be conducting 10-year studies on safety and the FDA considers these implants to already be very “extensively studied.”


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