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How Common is a Silicone Allergy from Silicone Breast Implants?

I have a lot of allergies and I am concerned that silicone may also be a problem for me. Is there any way to test for a silicone allergy? Is it rare or common to be allergic to the silicone implant shell?

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Silicone

I agree with the physicians below. Silicone is inert and should not be the cause of a true allergy. In addition - almost all needles that are used to perform injections or place intravenous lines are coated with silicone to increase the ease of passing through the skin. If you've had an injection or an IV you may have already had your allergy test. I would like to add that both silicone and saline implants have silicone shells. The exposure to silicone in your body for an unruptured implant would be the same. Find a board certified plastic surgeon and discuss your concerns. I hope this helps.

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