PIP Implant Removal
All About the PIP Implant scandal: useful information for the victims
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A large majority of women who have undergone breast augmentation in Central and South America over the past decade are at risk of having unsafe implants manufactured by a now-defunct French company named Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP). The owner of Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP), Jean-Caude Mas, was arrested after he admitted to filling these implants with inferior industrial grade silicone instead of medical grade silicone because it was much cheaper. This inferior and impure silicone is intended for making mattresses and other industrial purposes, not for use in the human body. The breast implants, Poly Implant Prostheses (PIP), were manufactured in France, but where widely sold in Latin America to plastic surgeons where many women travel to have low cost breast augmentation surgery. As many as 300,000 women in 65 countries received implants from this company before the implants were banned in 2010.
“It should be noted that the defective PIP implants were the product of Poly Implant Prothèse, not Groupe Sebbin, as erroneously mentioned on this site. We apologize for the mistake. Sebbin, a Paris-based company for over 30 years, manufactures and markets high quality implants and expanders and distributes to 60 countries worldwide. Sebbin uses only FDA registered long-term implantable medical grade silicone and has never been implicated in the defective implant crisis.
PIP implants were never approved in the US and therefore very little attention has been paid by the English speaking news media on the issue. However, many Latin women living in the US travel to get cosmetic surgical procedures done at a fraction of the cost for the same procedure in the US. These implants have been found to have an alarmingly high rate of rupture, exposing the patient to toxic solvents within the silicone. Women are at risk of the implant rupturing and the silicone particles spreading into the body and potentially causing local or systemic consequences. Common signs and symptoms of silicone leak or rupture include redness and irritation of the breast, itching of the skin, a suspicious lump or mass and pain. But often there are no symptoms at all and the patient is unaware that her breast prosthesis has ruptured. A mammogram may detect implant rupture but an MRI is more diagnostic. Even if the implant is intact, the unapproved silicone can still leach out of the shell and is often found within the capsule or even in the lymph nodes of the chest or armpit.
Because of my prominence as a plastic surgeon in the Latin community, I have performed numerous New Jersey PIP removal procedures to remove these implants on family members and friends of my patients. During the past 18 months, I have seen that PIP implants have a rupture in over 40% of the implants I have removed. Symptoms generally disappear or are significantly diminished after removal of the offending implants. Click here to view my interview with Sarah Wallace of ABC News and witness a completely disintegrated implant, placed only a few years ago, being removed.
I am posting several hyperlink references to give additional information on an international health issue receiving wide press coverage in other countries but barely any in the United States, though thousands of potential victims who underwent placement of these implants in Central and South America, reside here in the U.S.
If you’re suffering from PIP implants and are looking into a NJ breast implant revision, contact our cosmetic surgery center to consult with a plastic surgeon. We serve the entire Bergen County area!
*Disclaimer: Surgical results are not guaranteed and vary greatly from patient to patient.