Major medical news Friday from the Food and Drug Administration. Fourteen years after a ban on silicone breast implants, they are back on the market.
Many women had claimed that the implants caused them to have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and other so called auto immune diseases. But now, after more than 10 years of study, government experts say they have found no connection and the implants are safe.
"There is no association between silicone breast implants and those type of diseases. So the scientific evidence on this point has been negative and quite consistent," said Dr. Sherine Gabriel of the Mayo Clinic.
Still thousands of women won billions of dollars in lawsuits from manufacturers, especially Dow Corning which was forced into bankruptcy over this.
So why would women want to go back to this option anyway? Most patients agree the silicone implants look and feel more natural than the saline-filled substitutes women have been using since the ban.