HOW BREAST IMPLANTS WILL BE DIFFERENT IN THE FUTURE
Establishment Labs, a medical company based in Florida and Belgium, has created a new silicone breast implant with the ability of providing you, and your doctor, with everything from the implant’s serial number to its physical condition – even after it has been placed. These implants have not yet been approved by the FDA for breast augmentation in the US, but the new development will inspire other breast implant manufacturers to come up with something of their own. The new silicone implant is embedded with a radio frequency identification (RFID) microchip that allows doctors to obtain information on the implant with a scan from a simple hand-held device. This can theoretically also be used to diagnose any problems with the breast implant such as rupture or a leak. The CEO of the company says that the use of microchips is intended to give “women the power of verification and control throughout the life of the device.” This is likely just the beginning of a new wave of breast implants that will likely begin appearing over the next few years as other manufacturers like Mentor and Sientra come up with innovations of their own. Still, each new implant must be thoroughly tested and approved by the FDA in order to ensure the safety of the breast augmentation procedure in the US. There are currently several different silicone gel and saline implants approved for breast augmentation in the United States. With each receiving FDA approval, women can rest assured knowing that the implants are completely safe for their procedure. Click below to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon to get started with your breast augmentation procedure.