Silicone Breast Implants - A History
On November 17, 2006, the FDA approved the use of silicone gel breast implants for cosmetic breast augmentation for women at least 22 years of age, after a 14 year period during which silicone breast implants were restricted to breast reconstruction after mastectomy and replacement of silicone breast implants.
Prior to 1990, silicone breast implants were the breast implant of choice for most women undergoing breast augmentation. Everything changed when a small group of women with immune system diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, claimed that silicone breast implants were to blame.
There was no scientific evidence to support or to reject these claims. The FDA acted decisively, if not thoughtfully, and banned silicone breast implants for use in cosmetic breast augmentation.
During the 14-year ban, extensive research confirmed the safety of silicone breast implants, and the FDA concluded that silicone breast implants were not associated with diseases of the immune system. The American College of Rheumatology and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons supported this conclusion.
The newest generation of silicone breast implants is a better and safer product. These breast implants retain the soft, breast-like feel of the original implants, but because they behave more like a solid material they are safer in the unlikely event of a breast implant leak.
Silicone Breast Implant Advantages
- A softer, more breast-like feel than saline breast implants.
- Less likely to have a ripple or fold that could be seen or felt.
- More effective in improving breast shape than saline breast implants.
One relative disadvantage of silicone breast implants is the risk of a silent leak. A small leak in a silicone breast implant that has not spread and is not causing any symptoms may go undetected. Whether or not a small leak poses any risk to the patient is unknown.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Recovery after breast augmentation is the same whether you choose saline breast implants or silicone breast implants. Dr. Fata has designed a "Breast Augmentation 24 Hour Recovery Program", which allows most women to resume their normal activities, such as work and child-care, by the second day after surgery.
The only restrictions are to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for two weeks after breast augmentation. You will wear a comfortable sports bra for four weeks, and follow-up appointments with Dr. Fata will be arranged at his Indianapolis, Indiana office.
To assist you as you gather information on breast augmentation with silicone breast implants, Dr. Fata has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions based on his extensive experience with patients who have had silicone implants.
The Cost of Breast Augmentation
The estimated cost of breast augmentation in Indianapolis varies based on the breast implant being used. Breast augmentation with silicone breast implants costs about $5,510 and breast augmentation with saline implants costs about $4,760.
Breast augmentation prices include the surgeon's fee, anesthesiologist's fee, the Carmel, Indiana surgery center fee and all follow-up care by Dr. Fata.
Schedule Your Appointment
Dr. Joseph Fata performs breast augmentation using silicone breast implants on his patients in Indianapolis and Carmel, Indiana. Call 317-565-1009 or contact Renaissance Plastic Surgery online to learn more.