National Public Radio: Dr. Matthew Schulman discusses: “Silicone Breast Implants: Safe, With Caveats”

New York, NY
 – July 11, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

Silicone breast implants were pulled off the market in 1992 amid concerns that leaks from the implants could lead to cancer or autoimmune disease. Five years ago, revamped products returned to the market. But now the Food and Drug Administration has evaluated the safety of the second generation of silicone implants and the results are mixed. Although the long-term effects of silicone in the body are still uncertain, many plastic surgeons don't see the leaking of modern implants as a health concern. "The actual silicone that's within the implants is inert. So if the silicone gel leaks, it doesn't travel through the body, it doesn't cause systemic problems," said Dr. Matthew Schulman from Mount Sinai. Learn more