In April of this year a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel gave a conditional approval for Mentor Corporation’s Memory Gel™ (silicone gel filled) breast implants be permitted for use in breast augmentation and reconstruction.
The panel recommended the silicone gel implants for "approval with conditions" by a 7 to 2 vote. Among the conditions of approval were the development of patient education, a physician education, a patient registry, and a commitment by Mentor for continued data collection.
If the FDA agrees with the panel's recommendations, silicone gel implants will once again be widely available for breast enhancement use. Over the past 13 years, use of silicone gel implants have been restricted to clinical studies due to concerns over potential side effects caused from leaking silicone implants.
Mentor’s Memory Gel™ is a “cohesive gel” implant that is designed to provide a more realistic look and feel. Once the FDA has officially approved the use of silicone implants, I will begin offering them as an option to patients.
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Dr. Bill Adams is a greater Boston area board certified plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience in the field.