SILICONES are increasingly being used for various applications in plastic surgery. These interesting materials make up a large family of polymers whose chemical structure is based on recurring units of silicon and oxygen atoms. Organic groups are attached to each unit. Because of the inorganic nature of their backbone, the silicones have the nonreactivity of quartz; their organic portions endow them with the ability to be readily fabricated. The chemical nature of the silicones is quite distinct from that of most of the common plastics which are based on chains of carbon atoms.
The Medical Silicones
There are a great many silicone stocks available, but the overwhelming number of them are of industrial grade. They have no history of having been implanted in the body, and, indeed, certain of them would be detrimental were this to occur. The medical grade silicones are made in a special building where great pains
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