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William C. Rigano, M.D.

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The FDA has approved silicone gel-filled breast implants, but a few strings are attached. Manufacturing companies are required to conduct post-approval studies and continue core studies for ten years.

Patients must be properly informed of the risks associated with silicone gel implants. This is partially accomplished through implant packaging and labeling. Women need to be advised that MRI exams of the breast will be used to evaluated implant leakage or rupture. A baseline MRI is recommended at three years after implantation and then every two years. Costs related to these studies may not be covered by health insurance.

The FDA will also monitor possible relationships between silicone gel implants and autoimmune diseases, lactation, neurological disease and other adverse outcomes.

Women now have the choice of saline-filled or silicon gel-filled breast implants. Plastic surgeons can help guide women to make informed decisions about breast augmentation.

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