Breast Implant News

Breast implants are devices that are surgically inserted into the body under the breast tissue or muscles of the chest. Implants are sometimes used to reconstruct a breast after removal because of breast cancer or after an injury. Other times, implants are a cosmetic treatment that's used to enhance or enlarge the breasts.

More About Breast Implants

Two types of breast implants can legally be used in the United States. One is a silicone outer shell that's filled with a silicone gel, and the other also has a silicone outer shell but a saline solution inside. Both types of breast implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. A decision on which type of implant should be used can be determined through close consultation between the patient and a cosmetic surgeon.

Breast implants require a surgical procedure. This is typically performed by a cosmetic surgeon in a doctor’s office, clinic or hospital. The procedure can be performed using a local anesthetic to numb the breast area or general anesthetic to make the patient unconscious during the procedure.

Risks of Breast Implants

Breast implants do carry some risks, so it’s important for women to be aware of these before having the surgery. For example, complications such as pain and tenderness will occur for a month or more after the surgery. Additional surgeries might be necessary, and patients will need to monitor the breasts closely to look for any changes. With silicone implants, ruptures can occur, and women will need their breasts examined frequently to check for ruptures. Having breast implants can also make it more difficult to detect breast cancer with a mammogram, and they also increase the risk for a rare form of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma. It’s important to weigh the benefits against these risks before getting breast implants.

SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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10/20/2017
Textured Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer

Researchers say many doctors and patients may be unaware of the risk

3/2/2017
With Nips, Tucks and Fat Transplants, Americans are Reshaping Their Bodies

Cosmetic procedures are on the rise and patients aren't shy about what they're tweaking, study finds

10/28/2016
Breast Reconstruction Worthwhile for Older Women: Study

They had no greater risk of complications, benefited as much as younger breast cancer patients

10/4/2016
Delaying Breast Reconstruction After Cancer May Raise Patients' Anxiety

Coordinating surgeries might reduce levels of distress after mastectomy for breast cancer, researchers say

8/29/2016
Study: Trained Experts Can Spot Breast Cancer in 'Blink of an Eye'

Skilled radiologists see abnormalities immediately, and researchers want to learn how they do it

7/14/2016
CDC Warns of Dangers of Plastic Surgery in Dominican Republic

Report details cases of U.S. women who developed disfiguring infections after procedures there

4/22/2016
New Guidelines Issued on Breast, Genital Plastic Surgery for Teen Girls

Leading ob/gyn group says growing interest in procedures prompted recommendations

11/9/2015
Jury Still Out on Silicone Breast Implant Safety

Latest analysis finds inconclusive evidence for any link to health risks

4/30/2015
Breast Reconstruction Often Involves Multiple Operations

Study finds most breast cancer patients will need two or more procedures to complete process

10/3/2014
More Women Having Reconstruction Surgery After Breast Cancer Treatment

Study finds notable rise in number of women once considered at high risk for the procedure

2/26/2014
Necks, Butts Growth Areas for U.S. Plastic Surgeons

More than 15 million cosmetic surgeries and minimally invasive procedures performed in 2013

12/6/2013
Obesity, Smoking Might Threaten Implants After Mastectomy

Doctors should counsel patients about the risks, researcher says

10/10/2013
Breast-Feeding After Implants Won't Cause Sagging, Study Finds

Any changes result from pregnancy, not nursing, doctors say

10/9/2013
Do Breast Implants Boost Women's Sex Lives?

Small study suggests they might, but critic says other factors may be at work

6/14/2013
New Silicone Breast Implants Approved

MemoryShape OK'd for augmentation in women 22 and older

5/1/2013
Implants May Delay Breast Cancer Detection, Raise Death Risk

Study found one-fourth higher odds of being diagnosed with later-stage disease

2/27/2013
Before Deciding on Breast Implants, Consider FDA Precautions

First, realize that future surgeries are likely, agency says

2/19/2013
As Economy Rebounds, More Folks Try Turning Back Hands of Time

Report on cosmetic procedures finds Botox, fillers, chemical peels and laser hair removal topped the list last year

3/9/2012
New Silicone Breast Implant Approved

The third such implant sanctioned in the U.S.

11/2/2011
Obese Women Face Higher Complication Risk After Breast Surgery

Post-op inflammation is 20 times more likely than in non-obese women, study finds

9/20/2011
Why Many With Breast Implants Fail at Breast-Feeding

Women who think it will make their breasts look worse unlikely to nurse successfully, study says

9/1/2011
FDA: Silicone Breast Implants to Remain on Market

Agency says it will work with manufacturers to improve monitoring of women who get the devices

8/30/2011
FDA Focuses on Silicone Breast Implant Safety Studies

Agency asking advisers to devise ways to gather better data on 'real-world' safety and performance

4/29/2011
Study: Implants Affect Breast Cancer Diagnosis But Not Survival

It found higher rate of false negatives, cancer that had spread to lymph nodes among women with implants