Mimi Murphy's Medical Breakthroughs: Safer Implants

By: Mimi Murphy
By: Mimi Murphy

In the early 1990s, silicone breast implants became a hot topic as women began filing lawsuits claiming their implants were leaking and causing health problems. Since that time, more than 20 medical studies have been done and none has found a link between silicone and health problems. Now, a new silicone implant has emerged.

Myrna Perez worked out and stayed in shape. Still, she wished her body was different.

"I was just a little imbalanced. I just needed that extra curve, the extra curves," said Perez.

As a 32AA, Perez wanted more, but was worried about the rumored dangers of standard silicone implants.

"It was just a scary thought, just because of everything that had happened with silicone," Perez said.

Plastic surgeon William P. Adams, Jr., M.D., offered her a new type of silicone implant.

"There's been about 700,000 patients that have gotten the cohesive gel implant internationally over the past seven years, and the data thus far has been very favorable," said Dr. Adams, of UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

The new implant is now the most popular type in Europe and South America. With these implants, the silicone is in a cohesive form.

"If we cut the implant in half, it's almost like a JELL-O form where it doesn't move out or flow out of the implant," Adams said.

If the implant were to rupture, Dr. Adams believes the silicone would stay in one area and could easily be removed.

Perez was hesitant at first, but now is confident about her decision.

"Just like LASIK or lip gloss, you add things on -- it's just another cosmetic. Everything worked out perfectly now. This was the best decision I ever made," Perez said.

And she's confident she chose the safest option.

The current U.S. clinical trial will enroll nearly 1,000 women. They will be followed for many years to track any potential health problems.

If you would like more information, please contact:

Aston Aesthetic Center of Plastic Surgery
Department of Plastic Surgery
University of Texas Southwester
Medical Center
5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75390-9132
(214) 648-2290


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