FDA approves new silicone gel breast implants

Today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Sientra Silimed brand silicone breast implants. Up til now, the only approved manufacturers of silicone gel breast implants available for use in the United States are Allergan and Mentor. Now, Sientra enters the market as the third such approved manufacturer.

Like Allergan and Mentor, Sientra was required to submit several years worth of data to the FDA before consideration could be given to the approval of their product. And like the other two manufacturers, Sientra will be required to continue to submit data to the FDA as part of ongoing study of these devices.

I believe that competition is a good thing here. It will ensure that all three manufacturers will strive for the best quality product and the most competitive price, and the consumer will benefit from this competition.

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