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FDA Approves Silicone Implants After Years of Research
The approval of Allergan’s INAMED(r) Silicone-Filled Breast Implants by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has opened doors to more options than ever before for patients seeking breast implant surgery. After completing the Allergan Physician Certification Program, plastic surgeons are able to access the INAMED(r) Matrix of breast implant options to provide the one right result to each individual patient.
By completing the certification program, the plastic surgeon has gained access to an unprecedented array of options designed to enable surgeons to precisely match the appropriate implant to each individual patient’s body type and goals. Any woman desiring silicone gel-filled breast implants can now be more confident that she can get the one right result she deserves.
In 2005, nearly 340,000 women in the U.S. had breast implant surgery. Of those women, approximately 86% were augmentation patients, up 10% from 2004, and approximately 14% were reconstruction patients. While research shows that surgeons and patients prefer silicone gel-filled breast implants to saline-filled implants, saline has been the only option for women seeking augmentation surgery until now.
Today’s silicone gel-filled breast implants are different from the
products that were available in the 1970’s. Arguably, no other medical device has been more studied for safety than silicone gel-filled breast implants and decades of
research have evaluated their safety and effectiveness. This research shows that silicone gel-filled breast implants are safe. INAMED(r) Silicone-Filled Breast Implants have been used with success for more than three decades in over 60 different countries. They have an outer shell that is more than 50% thicker than earlier implant devices and can withstand more than 25 times the force of a normal mammogram without failure.
The approval of silicone gel implants provide, women and their plastic surgeons the freedom and flexibility to choose the option that is best for each unique women. No longer are women forced into a “cookie cutter” style approach to implant selection. Freedom to choosethe optimal way to health and happiness.