Officials in the United Kingdom have issued an alert to plastic surgeons after it was discovered some breast implants manufactured in France and sold worldwide are twice as likely to explode as are standard implants. These implants were made with an unapproved silicone gel and could affect 45,000 women worldwide who used the product made in the now-closed French factory.
It was pointed out by medical experts that, although broken implants are rare, they can potentially be dangerous. An exploding breast implant was explained as one that has ruptured, or the lining capsule is essentially broken. In each instance, silicone can leak out into the natural breast tissue. That can cause a severe infection such as gangrene or toxic shock. It was stated further by the experts that a breast implant capsule is two layers. In order for an implant to leak, both layers would have to be punctured. They say it’s infrequent that a silicone implant leaks through both layers. The most common way it can happen is through a needle biopsy procedure if the needle goes into the implant.
The French government banned the sale of the implants made by Poly Implant Prothese, but 90% of them have already been shipped to surgeons abroad. Medical professionals urged women who may have the implants, which surgeons in the United Kingdom began using in 2001, to remain calm but to contact their physicians to have them removed. Doctors are recommending that an implant should be removed even if just one layer of the capsule is broken, to prevent the chance of leaking. According to the experts, saline implants have the same risk of leaking, but the product is considered much safer because it is similar to fluid already found in the body, and can be absorbed by muscle tissue. It appears from reports that the way these implants were manufactured made them unsafe.
Source: Fox News
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