08 Feb Breaking News on Ruptured Implants
The biggest post-surgery fear breast augmentation patients have is
the possibility of an implant rupturing. While a highly unlikely scenario, this
rare occurrence has been known to happen. The most recent cases have happened across the pond years ago and is still being remedied today.
In 2010 Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), a French company, was shut down for using industrial-grade silicon gel in the production of their implants. This type of silicon is used predominately to make mattresses. If one of these implants ruptured inside the body it could cause irritation, increasing the risk of inflammation reaction, which would make removal more difficult. Nearly 30,000 women who opted for breast augmentation surgery between 1990 and the time PIP shut down were urged by the French government in the last month to have their implants replaced.
Can you imagine being one of those women?! Don’t fret because the PIP implants were never approved by the FDA and therefore never licensed for use in the United States.
Regardless of the catastrophe, breast augmentation surgery has continued to be the most common surgery in the US. To avoid a similar PIP situation companies have been working towards creating a safer implant, one that is less likely to rupture. One company in particular, Sientra, has had FDA approval with an implant doctors have nicknamed the “gummy bear.” Doctors are able to give patients more natural looking results with this products because they can alter it’s shape and size during the operation. And did we mention that there is no possibility for a ruptured implant?!
“Knowing that that implant is form stable, it’s not liquid, the risk of rupture disappears, and so they don’t have to worry about that,” said the immediate past president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Malcolm Z. Roth of New York and Albany.
While there are precautionary measures women can take post-surgery to avoid a ruptured implant, it is also the job of the physicians to have the utmost concern for their patient’s safety and health. Here at Brentview Medical we do care about our patient before, during and after a breast augmentation surgery. We just want you to enjoy the results and have as much of a stress free experience as possible!