Fall 2006 Newsletter

Silicone is No Longer a Dirty Word for Breast Implants

Many reports surfaced during the 1980’s linking liquid filled silicone breast implants to breast cancer and other degenerative diseases before any concrete scientific evidence could be gathered. The great breast implant scare of the 1980’s caused the FDA to ban all silicone filled breast implants in 1992. The perceived potential threat of liquid silicone implant ruptures even caused some women to renounce all breast implants, including the FDA approved saline filled implants, as potentially harmful.

The lack of scientific information coupled with sensationalized stories in the press has made all silicone filled breast implants a political as well as a health related issue. Many plastic surgeons believe that the relatively new high strength silicone gel implants, which have been safely used for breast reconstruction surgery for more than a decade, will offer women a reliable, significantly improved choice of breast implants for breast enhancement surgery.

High strength silicone gel implants are filled with a semi-solid silicone that won’t leak if ruptured. If you cut one of these implants in half, the gel adheres to itself like candy gummy bears, which is the nickname given to these new silicone gel implants. “Most cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeons agree that the Gummy Bear implants are safer than previous implants, provide a far more natural looking breast, and are very realistic to touch,” explains Dr. Gus Galante.

Since the implementation of the ban, the FDA has been involved in a number of studies about the long term effects of the formerly banned liquid silicone filled implants and about the long term effects of subsequently devised high strength silicone gel implants.

The National Cancer Institute recently concluded a 13 year study on women who received liquid filled silicone and saline breast implants before 1989. The NCI study showed that women who received breast implants were not at a higher risk for contracting breast cancer or connective tissue diseases (http://www.cosmeticsurgery-news.com/article2265.html).

As the FDA moves forward with current studies of silicone gel implants, they have issued an “approvable letter” to Mentor Corporation for their cohesive silicone gel implants. The letter stipulates that Mentor Corporation meet certain conditions in order to get FDA approval to market and sell their cohesive silicone gel implants in the United States. The FDA advisory panel approved the “letter with conditions” in a 7-2 vote following hearings on April 12 and 13, 2006. (http://www.cosmeticsurgery-news.com/article2663.html).

“I think the scientific findings of the NCI study coupled with the FDA panel’s approvable letter for Mentor’s cohesive silicone gel implants will start to debunk the myths about implant devices and can hopefully begin to change people’s perceptions about silicone breast implants,” states Dr. Galante. “Once the standards of safety are proven for the Gummy Bear implants and they are approved by the FDA, plastic surgeons will be able to offer women exceptional choices for breast implants that look and feel far more natural than saline filled implants.”

The Beauty of Being BOTOX® Savy

Like many pharmaceuticals, BOTOX® Cosmetic can be harmful if it is not administered correctly. Here are a few tips to make sure your BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments are a beautiful experience:

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic is only made by Allergan. There are no FDA approved generic forms of BOTOX® Cosmetic.
  • Bargain hunting for BOTOX® Cosmetic is a bad idea. BOTOX® Cosmetic might seem pricy but it’s worth the expense.
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic should only be administered by a licensed professional.
  • Ask your doctor what experience or training they have with BOTOX® Cosmetic. Over injecting authentic BOTOX® Cosmetic can be harmful. A well trained, experienced plastic surgeon will know the correct dosage for your needs.

To make an appointment for BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments with a physician you can trust, call Dr. Galante’s Indiana plastic surgery offices at (800) 721-3244 to schedule a consultation today.

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