FDA Says Silicone Breast Implants Are Safe, Except For the Cancer, Leakage and Infections

A 63-page report from the Food and Drug Administration entitled, "FDA Update on the Safety of Silicone Gel-Filled Breast Implants," has concluded that silicone implants, removed from the market in 1992 amid leakage concerns, are relatively safe. However, one out of five patients will have to have them removed within ten years due to complications associated with "rupture, wrinkling, asymmetry, scarring, pain, and infection." The study also notes a "very small" increased risk of lymphoma. Sexy!

The FDA, who estimates the number of fake-boob-havers to be somewhere between 5 and 10 million globally, cautions that "breast implants are not lifetime devices. The longer you have your implants, the more likely it will be for you to have them removed." That said, women with them "report high levels of satisfaction with their body image and the shape, feel and size of their implants." So enjoy 'em while you got 'em, ladies! (And certain, transitioning gentlemen!) [FDA via BBC, image via Shutterstock]