Breast augmentation with implants is the top cosmetic surgical procedure with more than 310,000 people undergoing the operation in 2018, according to The New York Times, with another 100,000 surgeries performed after breast cancer surgery.
The new recommendations are "designed to help inform conversations between patients and health care professionals when breast implants are being considered," Abernathy and Shuren said.
Implant risks include cancer, such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, breast pain, additional surgeries, scar tissue formation and implant rupture and deflation.
Breast implants won’t last a lifetime, the FDA said. The older an implant the higher risk for complications and need for removal. The agency warns people needing additional implant surgeries face uncertain cosmetic outcomes.
The FDA’s suggested changes in implant guidance is open for public comment until Dec. 23.