Silicone breast implants make comeback - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Silicone breast implants make comeback

The market for breast implants is huge. 

"The reason a person would like this is because it feels better and more natural," Memphis-based Dr. Walter Efrid said.

Banned in the early 90's, silicone gel breast implants are back on the market after the FDA gave them the green light a year ago.

"This is the most studied medical device there is," Efrid said. "It has been studied in over 80-thousand women and over a million women in Europe and the rest of the world."

A board certified plastic surgeon, Efrid was part of a study that looked at the health effects of silicone implants. They were banned because of concerns about a possible link to cancer, lupus, and rupture. But now the FDA says they are safe.

Efrid claims implants have come along way since the 70's when they were first introduced.

According to Efrid, the old implants ruptured easily, while the new silicone gel implants do not.

When the FDA banned the silicone gel implants, doctors implanted ones filled with saline. Saline and silicone implants are similar, Efrid said, but silicone feels more natural and can look better.

Efrid added that since the silicone gel does not come out of an implant, even if it is cut, its hard to tell if it has ruptured.

According to Efrid, the FDA recommends women with silicone gel implants get MRI's to determine if there has been a rupture. Efrid added if you have a saline implant and it ruptures, you will know because it will go flat.

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