Friday, December 16, 2011

Quality Breast Implants Made in USA

You may have noticed an article which has hit the web on France's scandal involving silicone breast implants.  The reported that more than 30,000 women in Europe have received silicone implants which were produced by the French implant company Poly Implant Prosthesis (PIP) using industrial grade silicone rather than the medical grade silicone which is used here in the United States.

Medical grade silicone is medically sterilized and safe, and is used in a variety of medical applications. The majority of breast implants we use are Mentor's MemoryGel silicone cohesive gel-filled implants which are made in the United States. Because they are manufactured here, they must adhere to strict FDA guidelines.  In fact, the FDA has a consistent presence in Mentor's manufacturing facility. This, and Mentor's ongoing commitment to quality and safety, helps to ensure the safety of their breast implants for breast augmentation. 

Silicone breast implants continue to be the desired choice by most women around the country due to the more natural feel they offer. With the latest advances to cohesive gel implants, the risks from rupture have been minimized because the gelatin-like substance retains its shape and does not seep like a liquid. If you have questions or concerns about silicone implants, consult with your surgeon.