Last year, silicone implants were used in 72% of 330,631 breast enhancements in the U.S., compared with 19% in 2006, after the FDA lifted its 1992 ban on silicone implants, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports. In the latest advance for implants, newly approved form-stable devices are firmer and resistant to leaks, said plastic surgeon Robert X. Murphy Jr., the incoming president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Although saline implants are more prone to texture changes, some surgeons prefer them for young patients who may be more likely to change their minds about augmentation, says plastic surgeon Gregory Evans, current president of the ASPS.

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