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Breast implants. Silicone implants are used in several types of cosmetic surgery, most commonly for surgery to enlarge a breast or to restore breast shape after breast tissue removal for cancer. Synthetic silicone is the material used because it is resistant to body fluids, is permeable to oxygen, and is not rejected by the body.
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