Faulty French Breast Implants: Are American Patients at Risk?

News about the leak-prone breast implants that were made by a French manufacturer has raised concerns about implant safety among some American patients.

According to the latest estimates, up to 400,000 women in at least 65 countries have had Poly Implant Prothese silicone breast implants placed.

Months ago, it was revealed that the PIP silicone implants were made with non-medical-grade silicone. This has resulted in a range of potential problems, including an increased risk of rupture or leakage, inflammation to surrounding breast tissue once the implant tears, and the possibility that the silicone gel could increase the risk of cancer.

Most American women who have breast implants can breathe a collective sigh of relief. PIP silicone breast implants were never approved for use in the United States.

American women that went abroad for breast augmentation surgery and had silicone breast implants placed should research whether PIP implants were used. PIP silicone breast implants were distributed mostly to countries in Western Europe and Latin America.

If you traveled overseas for breast implant surgery, it is in your best interest to contact the surgeon that performed your operation to find out what type of implant was used. If you find that PIP silicone implants were placed, you should seriously consider having your implants replaced.

The French government has recommended that women with PIP silicone implants have them replaced; the government has pledged to cover the costs of revision surgery for French women.

The British and Brazilian governments have advised patients to meet with their surgeons to determine the best course of action.

It is interesting to note that PIP’s saline implants were used here in the United States in the 1990s. However, when the FDA raised its standards for breast implant products, PIP’s application was denied FDA approval. The FDA reported 11 breaches from standard ‘good manufacturing practices’ at PIP manufacturing plant in southern France.

If you have had faulty PIP silicone breast implants placed and would like to have them removed, contact our practice to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Deuber.


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