Silicone gel-filled breast implants may be coming back on the market, even the suggestion is already stirring some controversy.
Those implants were banned from sale back in 1992, following reports that ruptures and leaks may cause chronic diseases. As a result, saline-filled implants are now the most commonly used in surgeries, although silicone has still been used in some clinical trials.
But now, the Food and Drug Administration is considering a proposal to allow use of a new form of silicone breast implant -- after two years of testing.
The National Association for Women and a panel of scientists are blasting the FDA for even considering the idea after just two years of study.
President of the National Association for Women, Kim Gandy, says that the FDA has the responsibility to ensure women and the general population that what they put in their body is safe and effective.
Dr. Paul Wooley, professor at Wayne State University, says that taking into account only two years of data simply isn't enough. They need to study patients that have had implants from at least seven years.
The panel says that in the past, health risks related to silicone implant failures have included fatigue, memory loss, joint pain, hair loss, and hardened breasts. Nearly all women with silicone implants experience rupture within 15 years, with one in four needing a second operation within five years.
At this point, the FDA has just given an application to allow silicone gel implants on the market. The process will be long if it even happens.