Making The Best Choice

Last week's FDA decision sharply reduces the options for women seeking to augment or rebuild their breasts. Not only were silicone-gel devices easy to insert but their look and feel best approximated the real thing. For 90% of women, they were the method of choice. While implants inflated with salt water are still available and considered safe (if they leak, the saline does no harm), they have drawbacks. They can shift as a woman moves, and the water may settle into the lower portion of the breast, stretching and tightening the skin. They are not recommended for thin women or for...