The American Food and Drug Administration approved silicone gel breast implants in 2000, for use in breast augmentation surgery. After careful research, it was concluded that silicone gel breast implants represent no danger and are a safe implant. Silicone is one of the world’s most common materials and is formed when silicon mixes with oxygen, nitrogen, and a few other elements. Silicone breast implants used in breast augmentation surgery consist of a silicone rubber shell filled with a fixed amount of silicone gel.
Silicone breast implants vary in shell surface and come in two basic types; textured and contoured/smooth. Textured silicone breast implants provide a safe and reliable fixed position whereas contoured breast implants filled with silicone gel are smooth, offer a more “natural” appearance, and must be settled into proper position once the procedure is finished.
In the early ’90s there were widespread reports that silicone gel breast implants were responsible for connective tissue diseases in some women. After a comprehensive evaluation of the evidence for the Association of Silicone Breast Implants, the Institute of Medicine concluded that there is no definitive evidence linking breast implants to cancer, neurological diseases, neurological problems, or other systematic diseases that were purported to be side-effects of silicone gel breast implants.
Today silicone gel breast implants are used widely and safely across the world and remain the preferred type of breast implant, as opposed to saline breast implants, for most cosmetic surgeons and women who undergo breast enhancement.