Rancid-Tea

My thoughts on life

April 14, 2005

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I’ve been quietly following the debates to bring silicone breast implants back on the market (personally I’m hoping they do; I think saline implants give a sort of balloon look). What I’m having trouble with is the fact that none of the articles that I’ve read so far have mentioned doctors trying to keep the silicone implants off the market. The debate seems to be between ‘concerned women’ and the manufacturing companies.

-The companies are saying that in the last 13 years there have been many advances in technology and they now provide a more durable product. The women are saying… well, that silicone makes people sick. This is a strange argument if you ask me, because the saline implants have a silicone shell, and people have silicone implants of other kinds all the time, for instance in reconstructive surgery they use silicone trimmed to look like cartilage. They also use silicone implants for testicles, either in people who have lost one or both, or in female to male transexuals. I’ve never heard of someone complain that the silicone is making them ill. Some of the things that these women have complained about doesn’t even make medical sense, like that the breast implants caused them migranes. I guess just like with any cause there are always some people who really get an idea in their head and don’t want to listen to reason, even if it means making other people suffer.