09-26-2012, 02:30 PM
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Why Silicone implants were banned:
I've seen this come up in a few threads and thought I'd like to try to clarify it a little for you all......
In the USA, Silicone was banned until 2006 (except for rare medical exceptions where the use was granted) when the FDA finally lifted it's 14 year moratorium.
Both Silicone and Saline are available in the UK and many other countries and have been for years. The ban only affected the USA.
Very long story short: One of the companies, Dow Corning, that really pioneered silicone implants was sued following alleged complications stemming from BA (performed in 1976) of a ruptured implant (in 1986). The case was heavily publicized and certain people in the media (Connie Chung for one) used it as an excuse for sensational scaremongering, who publicly criticized the FDA for "allowing this to happen". The FDA and doctors alike got flooded with people concerned about their BA, and everything from Lupus to cancer was being blamed on silicone implants.
By 1992 (when they were banned), over 150,000 BA's were being performed in the USA and 97% of those were silicone by patient choice.
Following a lot of media pressure and intense lobbying by the other implant manufacturers who had been developing saline implants, the FDA did an inquiry in to the safety of Silicone. It was found during the trial that early designs of silicone implants made by Dow Corning had been rushed and they knew there was some potential for problems, although there was no evidence of a direct link.
The class action lawsuits started and even though only a handful of people actually had complications or ruptures (and those were mainly from implants dating back to the 70's and 80's), those cases were so heavily publicized that the FDA essentially got scared and immediately introduced a ban on silicone, meaning the other implant manufacturers (those selling saline) won the lobbying war. Dow Corning went in to bankruptcy protection for 9 years to protect itself from the lawsuits.
For 14 years silicone was banned in the USA, and even though Dow Corning certainly made some errors and even hid potentially bad information about their early implants, the link between the complications and silicone implants has never been substantiated.
in fact all of the lawsuits that were successful, nearly all were turned over on appeal, then settled out of court.
A number of large, independent reviews of the scientific literature, including the U.S. Institute of Medicine, have subsequently found that silicone breast implants do not appear to cause breast cancers or any identifiable systemic disease, such as those listed in the lawsuits that originally sparked the ban.
overall, there were certainly valid concerns over early silicone implants and Dow Corning acted both unethically and illegally, but the worries about silicone implants, especially so today with all the advancements are really unfounded.
If people tell you there's dangers with silicone, then more than likely they're still listening to the likes of Connie Chung!
Surgery : 2005
Pre: 34B/C Slightly Saggy
Post: 34 D Natural (with minor complications, need revision!)
Euro Silicone /Unders 360 cc's
5'2" - 135lbs