In a word, No.
Silicone gel breast implants can have a more natural look and feel than saline implants. They have been safely used, worldwide, since the early 1960s. Only in the US has there been a ban on them, which the FDA imposed between 1992 and 2006.
FDA's 14-year restriction on silicone gel implants
This restriction was sparked by a CBS "news" report made by Connie Chung in 1990 which featured one woman who claimed without evidence that her silicone implants had caused health problems.
A media-induced panic followed, with political groups blowing on the flames, such as the National Organization of Women, who are opposed to any woman having breastfeeding implants of any kind. Attorneys swiftly took advantage of it to file class action laws against the implant manufacturers. Also enjoying the ride were many doctors, who served as highly-paid expert witnesses in these lawsuits.
Rather than trying to use the plentiful scientific data in their defense, since it was so resolutely being ignored by the attorneys and media outlets, the manufacturing companies settled with the plaintiffs, setting up a $ 4.2 billion fund from which they could have paid. This move drve down the stock values of these companies, hurting many 401k accounts and other stockholders, and drve the principal manufacturer, Dow Corning, into bankruptcy.
Driven by this media frenzy, the FDA in 1992 restricted the use of silicone gel implants to reconstructive use, rather than cosmetic use, pending further research.
Subsequent studies done
In 1995 several large research studies were published which re-affirmed the non-existence of any connection between silicone gel implants and systemic diseases, such as auto-immune diseases and cancer. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences published their report, which implicitly excluded any connections between silicone gel implants and health problems. A large study done in Los Angeles and Canada found a statistically significant lower incidence of cancer in women with breast implants.
What is silicone?
Silicon (with no "e" at the end) is one of Earth's elements, and the most abundant, after oxygen. It's found in sand, rocks, crystals etc. Silicone (with the "e" at the end) is the name for various compounds made from silicon, which can take the form of oil, grease, or plastic.
Silicone is used in thousands of ways and we all have some of it in our bodies. It's used as a lubricant … More