Summary of: Breast Implants, Self-Esteem, Quality of Life, and the Risk of Suicide – Breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery in the US, but studies have shown that suicide rates are higher for women with implants.
2016 Update: When should women start regular mammograms? 40? 50? And how often is “regular”? – In recent years, there has been a growing concern that annual mammograms starting at age 40 may do more harm than good for many women. That is why the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, an expert group that reviews the latest research findings, recommends that mammography screening for most women start at age 50 rather than 40, and that the frequency be every two years (instead of annually) through the age of 74.
What You Need to Know About Breast Implants – After a very brief history of breast implants in the U.S., we will answer the following questions: What are the known risks? What happens when breast implants break? Do breast implants make women sick? What are other concerns? What if I need to get my implants removed? Are there newer, safer implants?
Will Breast Implants Improve Your Life? – Many girls and women want breast implants because they believe it will improve their self-esteem. It is true that cosmetic surgery can help a person feel better about the body part that was “fixed,” whether it is a breast, a nose, ears, or thighs. But research shows that breast implants do NOT improve self-esteem. In fact, several studies show that breast implants LOWER self-esteem even if it makes a woman feel sexier.
The FDA & Breast Implants: The First 50 Years – This page outlines the history of regulation of breast implants in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and includes transcripts of FDA advisory committee meetings.
Scientific Research – Read scientific articles about breast implants from academic journals.
FDA Study Shows That Most Silicone Gel Filled Breast Implants Rupture – While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers that “breast implants do not last a lifetime,” new FDA studies by Dr. Lori Brown and her colleagues indicate that most women with silicone gel-filled breast implants will have at least one broken implant within 10 years.
Ruptured Silicone Breast Implants Linked to Debilitating Diseases – By Rachael Flynn, MPH and Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D. The first study to systematically evaluate the health of women with ruptured breast implants has raised serious concerns about silicone implants. A team of scientists led by Dr. Lori Brown of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that women whose ruptured breast implants leaked silicone outside […]
Government Studies Link Breast Implants to Cancer, Lung Diseases, and Suicide – Two major new studies raise questions about the long-term safety of breast implants. A team of researchers led by Louise Brinton, Ph.D., of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently published these studies on the long-term health effects of breast implants.
Complications of Saline Breast Implants – How risky are breast implants? This is a controversial question, but implant manufacturers have done research showing that local complications, including pain, rupture, and the need for additional surgery, are very common within the first three years.