Health: Silicone Setback

Silicone breast implants sometimes break and leak, requiring further surgery and triggering other complications, so in 1992 the FDA banned their routine use. Last October an FDA advisory panel voted to allow more durable implants back on the market. Now the agency, which almost always follows its panels' advice, has delayed approval to implant maker Inamed until it gets more data about any long-term health risks. Silicone implants may yet make a comeback, but don't hold your breath.


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