Washington, D.C.-based Indian American plastic surgeon and CEO and founder of Washingtonian Plastic Surgery, Dr. Navin Singh, has released the results of a study that confirms the long-term safety of silicone breast implants.
The study follows 55,279 female patients receiving primary augmentation, revision-augmentation, primary reconstruction or revision-reconstruction using Natrelle round silicone breast implants. Over a five-year period, researchers compared these women’s results with national norms and outcomes for patients with saline implants, including any adverse effects that may have been found during postoperative follow-up care.
The study, of which Singh is the lead author, has been published in the most recent issue of the peer-reviewed journal, “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,” the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Although the FDA approved silicone implants in 2006, concerns about their safety have persisted among patients after a scare in the ‘90s that proved to be scientifically unsound, according to Singh.
His report, according to a press release, marks the halfway point of a planned ten-year follow-up evaluation of the patient sample. The FDA requires each manufacturer of breast implant products to conduct such studies, it said.
Singh is the head of the data safety monitoring board that contributed to the design of the study. The evaluation is intended to find complications, including exceedingly rare complications, making it necessary for researchers to follow a large sample of women who had breast implantation surgery for a variety of reasons.
“None of the targeted adverse outcomes, including cancers, connective tissue diseases, neurologic diseases or suicides and suicide attempts occurred at significantly higher rates in women with silicone implants compared with national norms and women with saline implants,” the authors stated in a statement. “These findings add to the growing body of evidence confirming the positive long-term safety profile of silicone breast implants.”
Patients seeking breast augmentation surgery have more options now than ever — whether it be shape, size, feel or material, said Singh.
“Patients can now feel confident of the safety record behind silicone implants when making the decision on which implant is best for them,” Singh noted. “With the results of this study, I can say wholeheartedly that scientific evidence establishes that these implants we’ve always felt to be safe, are indeed very, very safe.”