Are polypropylene breast implants safe and effective?

I don’t necessarily want them, but the basic idea is intriguing. I know they were never approved by the FDA, but was it because the growth after surgery was so unpredictable? The method itself seems like it would be more natural than other types of implants, since water absorption is the main source of the increased size.

Marietta10

F, 32, New York

Polypropylene breast implants are not safe. They are effective only if you want to eventually have cartoonish-looking breasts and the daily pain associated with their heaviness. Use of polypropylene breast implants is banned in many countries, including the U.S.

Polypropylene, or string breast implants, must be drained often in order to avoid extreme overgrowth and breast damage over the long term. They can also lead to silent rupture/implant rupture. There is also an increased risk of inflammation, putting undue pressure on blood vessels and a host of other issues.

There are many types of cosmetic surgery options available -- such as silicone gel or saline-filled breast implants -- that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area that specializes in this type of breast surgery. I strongly recommend that you explore the alternatives (saline, silicone) if you are considering enlarging your breasts.

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No. Their safety and effectiveness were the main reason why they were pulled from the market. Simply put, polypropylene breast implants, also known as string breast implants, are a form of implant that uses polypropylene. Polypropylene implants are intended to absorb water and continue to grow over time.

They are different from silicone gel breast implants/silicone implants or saline implants and are banned for use in the United States and many other countries. Polypropylene implants can grow to extreme sizes. They were a popular form of breast implant surgery with adult entertainers in the 1980s and 90s when enormous breasts were all the rage. At that time, they were available in the U.S. but their safety was called into question due to numerous risk factors. They do not have FDA approval.

Some medical professionals still claim that string breast implants are superior to saline and silicone gel implants because they provide a more natural feel and offer a reduction in capsular contracture (a potential complication of breast augmentation where internal scar tissue forms a tight capsule around the breast implant, causing it to become hard and misshapen).

There may be some plastic surgeons who still perform this type of plastic surgery on breasts, but they risk losing their license.

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