facts and myths about silicone breast implants

silicone-breast-implant-mythsHow much do you know about silicone breast implants? Although modern, FDA-approved silicone breast implants have been available for some time and reliable information about their use and safety is readily available, many myths still persist. Such myths are typically holdover ideas from several decades past, prior to improvements and advances in silicone breast implant technology. Read on to see if what you know about silicone breast implants is myth or fact.

Myth: Silicone isn’t safe for use

Fact: In reality, you are most likely already using silicone every day. The fact is, silicone is safe and non-toxic. In addition to its use in breast implants, silicone is used in many other medical devices, including pacemakers, artificial heart valves, joint replacements, medical tubing, and the cushioning in prosthetics. It is also a common material in baby pacifiers and baby bottle nipples, toys, and playground equipment. Around the house, silicone is in your kitchen in the form of flexible, non-stick bakeware, the adhesive on labels and sticky notes, and is part of computer keyboards and the buttons on electronic keypads. It is also a common component in shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, and many other personal care items — the luster, smoothness, and luxurious texture of your hair may be due to silicone. Silicone is hypoallergenic and non-irritating as well.

Myth: Silicone breast implants rupture easily

Fact: Silicone breast implants are highly durable and require a significant amount of force to rupture spontaneously. In testing, silicone breast implants have withstood forces of more than 25 times that of the typical mammogram. Routine activities such as exercise, mammograms and other medical examinations, and so on may be performed without worry as a result. However, keep in mind that although breast implants may last for decades with proper care and monitoring, they are not lifetime devices and may need to be replaced or removed at some time. Additionally, although regular exercise poses little to no risk to silicone breast implants, it is important to wear a supportive, well-fitting sports bra during vigorous exercise.

Myth: Silicone breast implants cause cancer, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis

Fact: As mentioned earlier, silicone is a safe, hypoallergenic material that most of us come in contact with or use several times throughout the day, every day. The FDA, National Institutes of Health, and several other organizations have undertaken extensive studies of silicone implants and have concluded that they do not cause cancer, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or any other serious medical conditions. At most the causes for concern have been anecdotal coincidences and not based on any scientific evidence. 

Myth: Silicone breast implants result in uneven or unnatural appearing breasts

Fact: The overwhelming majority of women seeking breast augmentation, regardless of whether they opt for silicone or saline implants, are extremely happy with their results. The results are symmetrical and evenly-shaped breasts that meet or exceed most patients’ expectations. The key, however, is that your surgeon is a board-certified plastic surgeon with plenty of experience with breast augmentation surgery. 

If you have been considering breast augmentation surgery and would like to learn more about your implant and other augmentation options, call Quinn Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. John Michael Quinn. Call us today at (913) 492-3443 or fill out our online consultation request form and we will get back to you promptly.


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