Are Breast Implants Safe?

Diana Zuckerman, PhD

In This Article

Alternatives to Silicone Gel Breast Implants

When silicone gel breast implants were allowed to remain on the market in 1992 as a "public health need," the main concern was to keep this option for mastectomy patients. However, since that time, the number of women getting mastectomies rather than breast-conserving surgery has decreased dramatically, and the number of women choosing autologous tissue transfer instead of implants has increased exponentially.[36] And, in 2000, saline-filled breast implants were approved by the FDA; saline implants became a popular alternative to silicone gel after silicone gel implants were restricted in the early 1990s.


Comments on Medscape are moderated and should be professional in tone and on topic. You must declare any conflicts of interest related to your comments and responses. Please see our Commenting Guide for further information. We reserve the right to remove posts at our sole discretion.
Post as: