FDA concludes silicone breast implants mostly safe

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials say the latest data on silicone breast implants show they are relatively safe, despite frequent complications that lead about one in five women to have the implants removed within 10 years.

The Food and Drug Administration's report issued Wednesday is the first assessment of the devices since regulators returned them to the market in 2006. That followed a 14-year ban when only saline-filled implants were widely available.

The most common side effect remains scar tissue which hardens around the implant and warps the shape of the breast. Other problems include implant rupture and wrinkling, according to the report.

The findings are primarily based on studies by the two US manufacturers, Allergan Inc. and Johnson & Johnson.

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