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Silicone Breast Implants - Who qualifies?

ImplantInfo has left this page entact to document dated goverment legislation that happens to be no longer applicable. New regulations for silicone breast implants state the patient must at least be 22 years old, or a breast reconstruction candidate.


Please read up on current silicone breast implant news here.

By governmental dictum, breast augmentation patients are eligible for only saline implants. Silicone implants at this time are available only for patients who meet the following criteria.

Inclusion criteria:
  • History of treatment for breast cancer or trauma resulting in loss of a breast
  • Congenital deformities such as chest wall defects with abnormalities of the ribs, sternum, or muscle
  • Severe asymmetries of the breast
  • Tuberous breast deformity (breast beneath nipple narrowed like a tube)
  • Severe ptosis of the breast requiring a mastopexy (breast lift)
  • Replacement or revision of implants for whom saline implants are not suitable e.g., thin skin or insufficient tissue
  • Breast augmentation in the opposite uninvolved breast to provide symmetry

Exclusion criteria:
  • Presence of infection
  • Pregnancy or nursing
  • Diagnosis of Lupus or Scleroderma
  • Uncontrolled diabetes or other disease with impaired wound healing

The person should also be female, at least eighteen years of age, and willing to participate in the study.

Thanks to Dr. William Huffaker of St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery for this FAQ.

Keep in mind that women who wish to have silicone for purely cosmetic reasons, whether they fit the above criteria or not, may be able to have silicone if they agree to be part of a current silicone study. You need to use a participating surgeon and agree to be followed in the trial for a number or years.

Postscript contributed by visitor AppleAnnie.

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