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Silicone Breast Implants Have Low Rupture Rate in Study

Most women report satisfaction with implants

THURSDAY, Nov. 23 (HealthDay News) -- The Style 410 silicone breast implants introduced in 1993 are safe with a low rate of rupture, and most women receiving the implants report being satisfied, researchers report in the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Per Heden, M.D., Ph.D., from Akademikliniken Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, and colleagues studied 144 women who had received the Style 410 cohesive silicone breast implant between 1995 and 1999 (286 implants). The women underwent a physical examination and completed a quality-of-life survey, and the prevalence of silent implant rupture was examined by magnetic resonance imaging.

The researchers found that rupture occurred in 0.3 percent of implants, with no evidence of rupture in 99 percent of implants. Capsular contracture was the most common complication (5.6 percent of cases). Nearly all (97 percent) of the women reported that receiving implants had been positive and 87 percent said that their overall sense of well-being improved.

"In summary, our findings support the intermediate- to long-term safety and effectiveness of the Inamed Style 410 cohesive breast implants, with a low rupture prevalence and a high rate of patient satisfaction," Heden and colleagues conclude.

The study was supported by Inamed Corporation.

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