Rod J. Rohrich, MD; Dinah Wan, MD
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Rohrich R., Wan D.; Working Toward a Solution: The Unanswered Questions About Silicone Gel Breast Implants. Ann Intern Med. 2016;164:201-202. doi: 10.7326/M15-2307
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The popularity of silicone gel implants among women undergoing breast augmentation has soared since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted its moratorium almost a decade ago. Silicone implants are an attractive alternative to saline, largely because of their more natural feel and appearance. It is not surprising that the FDA's reapproval of silicone gel implants in 2006 coincided with an increase in the number of breast augmentations performed that year—2006 was the first year that breast augmentation became the dominant cosmetic surgical procedure since the 1992 moratorium (1). The percentage of silicone devices used for breast augmentation has only increased since then, from 35% in 2007 to 77% in 2014 (2, 3).
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