A Strike Against Silicone

The FDA, citing new safety worries, clamps down on breast implants

Since silicone breast implants were introduced 30 years ago, millions of women have sworn by their results. For most, the ample gel-filled sacs provided a welcome boost in self-esteem. For 1 out of 4 recipients, they brought a return to normality after the trauma of mastectomy. So when anecdotal reports of health problems associated with the devices began cropping up over the past several years, women were first alarmed, then hugely relieved when surgeons asserted that the stories were groundless. Now their confidence has once again been shaken.

Citing new evidence of health risks, Food and Drug Administration chief David Kessler...