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Welcome to the FDA website on breast implants.

FDA’s mission is to assure that the products that we approve are safe and effective, and that includes breast implants. Breast implants are medical devices that typically consist of a silicone elastomer shell filled with saline or silicone gel. They are intended for women who are seeking breast augmentation (cosmetic) or breast reconstruction.

We have provided information on this website to help you make an informed decision as to whether or not to get breast implants. There is information related to both approved breast implants and investigational (under study for safety and effectiveness) breast implants. The information provided on this website is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your physician.

Updated November 17, 2006

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