Silicone Safety

 

How safe are silicone breast implants?

Get all the information you need about the new generation of silicone breast implants before choosing which implants to use for your breast augmentation. Knowing all the facts will lead to the most successful outcome.

The Mentor Commitment to Safety

Over 200,000 women have participated in Mentor studies in order to provide a significant body of clinical evidence demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of silicone breast implants. Mentor remains committed to providing objective, clinical information about breast implant safety to drive an informed choice and give women beautiful results.

Fortunately, the scientific community respects our commitment to safety. Both MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants and MENTOR® MemoryShape® Breast Implants are FDA approved for breast augmentation. The Institute of Medicine, in a highly respected study, concluded that: “There is no evidence that silicone implants are responsible for any major diseases of the whole body. Women are exposed to silicone constantly in their daily lives.”1

The New Generation of Breast Implants: Silicone Made Safe

Silicone breast implants have undergone changes over time to meet increasingly sophisticated consumer expectations. The first silicone breast implants used thick shells and contained firm gel. The second generation of implants (introduced in the late 1970’s) had thinner shells and used less firm gel to address concerns of patients and surgeons who believed that implants were too firm, palpable and visible.

In the mid 1980’s, concerns related to rupture rates of the second generation thinner-shelled implants led manufacturers to introduce a third generation of implants. The shell and gel of these implants are slightly thicker but still soft.

Today, these third generation silicone gel-filled breast implants are typically referred to as cohesive gel implants. Mentor’s products have kept pace with the ever-evolving expectations of surgeons and women who desire a safe, soft gel to retain the natural feel that resembles actual breast tissue.

Silicone Exposure

The amount of silicone material released from silicone breast implants is extremely minimal. In fact, it is less than what is absorbed from daily consumer products containing silicone.1

Over 200,000 women have participated in Mentor’s studies in order to provide a significant body of clinical evidence demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of silicone-filled breast implants.

As we have to date, Mentor remains committed to providing objective, clinical information about breast implant safety resulting in beautiful benefits.

1Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Medicine 2007. Information for women about safety of silicone breast implants (full article www.iom.edu)

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