Are Breast Implants Toxic?

Do you dream of augmenting your small bust via breast augmentation — but question the safety of breast implants? This month’s blog post is written specifically for you, as the team at the Plastic Surgery Group of New Jersey tackles concerns surrounding the safety of breast implant devices.

What Science Shows

Both saline and silicone implants have been tested extensively for safety. In fact, they are the most studied medical device of all time. Saline implants are cleared by the FDA for use in women age 18 and older and silicone gel implants in women age 21 and older (or for reconstructive purposes in women age 18 or older). Over the past 20 years, science has overwhelmingly shown that breast implants are safe and the rate of complications is very low.

There was one hiccup in the history of implants. Silicone gel implants were pulled off the U.S. market in the early 1990s, due to a supposed link to autoimmune disorders. However, silicone gel implants underwent further scientific testing and the data continued to show they were safe. These implants returned to the market in 2006. Since then, a newer type of silicone gel implant — known as cohesive gel implants — has also been approved for safe use.

Because of the extensive testing, breast implants have never been safer or more reliable. There is no scientific evidence linking implants to systemic diseases.

Making Decisions about Your Breast Implants

Despite their safety record, implants are not suitable for everyone. There are certain criteria that a breast implant candidate must meet in order to qualify for surgery. For example, breast augmentation candidates should be in good health, non-smokers and free of any chronic medical condition that could increase the risks of surgery or complicate recovery.

Choosing to have breast implants placed is a personal decision that should be made between you and your plastic surgeon. The first step is to schedule an informational consultation and examination with one of our surgeons to discuss your needs and goals of treatment. During the consultation, the surgeon will outline your breast implant options and help you choose the best fit.

Contact Our Breast Augmentation Surgeons

If you have more questions about the safety of breast implants, or breast augmentation in general, our plastic surgeons can help. Please call (973) 233-1933 or email us today to get in touch.