FDA approves new silicone gel breast implant - KMSP-TV

FDA approves new silicone gel breast implant

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Recent statistics show almost 400,000 breast implant surgeries are done each year.

In June, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new silicone gel-filled breast implant, bringing the total number of approved products to five.

FOX 9 medical expert Dr. Archelle Georgiou says that similar complications can arise with different types of breast implants.

The new implant has a type of silicone with more cross linking, which means the gel is thicker like a gummy bear as opposed to a thick liquid. If there is a leak, there will be less spillage, however, that means the implant will be more likely to fracture.

A common silicone implant complication is contracture: A hardening of the tissues around the implant that results in tightening, pain and discomfort. This contracture occurs about 20 to 25 percent of the time. Ultimately, implants do not carry a lifetime guarantee, Dr. Georgiou says. Within 10 years, 1 in 5 women who have the surgery for cosmetic purposes and 1 in 2 women who have surgery for reconstructive purposes will need to have their implants removed, and can choose whether to replace them or not.

Saline implants have a silicone outer shell and saline (salt water) innards. This type carries similar complications: Contracture is the most common issue, resulting in tightening and pain in the area. Saline implants can also leak, causing the implants to deflate like a balloon. This can cause distortion and potentially, reconstructive surgery. The rupture itself, however, is not a concern as the body holds plenty of saline, and therefore tolerates the saline deposited by the implant, Dr. Georgiou says.

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