Are Breast Implants Safe?

Diana Zuckerman, PhD

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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.

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