Breast Implants: The Ticking Time Bomb

Breast implants are quite a common trend but although it may seem great to increase the size of your bust, it may cause many more problems and complications in the long run. The first silicone breast implant came out in 1962. Their popularity didn’t grow until the 1980’s but women claimed there was a link to raptured implants and diseases such as lupus, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. By 1992 the FDA restricted the use of silicone breast implants. Over 450,000 women sued Don Corning because of leaking breast implants and although he did not admit it was due to the implant they still paid out victims (over $3.2 billion to settle). By 2006 silicone breast implants were back in the market. The FDA claimed: “Studies to date do not indicate that silicone gel-filled breast implants cause breast cancer, reproductive problems, or connective tissue disease… however, no study has been large enough or long enough to completely rule out these and other rare complications.” All implants break, the problem is not knowing how many years until that occurs. Overtime studies have shown silicone implants can last up to 12 years although some have known to rupture within the first months and others have lasted up to 15 years. The likelihood that breast implants will rapture increases every year. A study conducted by the FDA showed that Silicone-7 migrated outside of the breast in 21% of woman, who were unaware it had happened.
What about saline implants? They are supposed to be safer and can’t rapture right? Well saline implants are filled with salt water solution. If the valve used to fill the implant is damaged then it can cause serious bacterial and fungal growth.
Facts about Breast Implants:

  • The FDA allowed breast implants to be on the market for over 40 years without testing them – Breast implants are linked to cancer Frances Cancer Institute found 18 cases that linked to cancer and now orders all breast implants to come with a cancer warning
  • Complications of Saline and Silicone breast implants:
    – infection (bacteria and mold which can be released from the implant into the body)
    – surgical risks
    – anesthesia risks
    – chronic breast pain,
    – breast or nipple numbness
    – capsular

Do the benefits really outweigh the risks? — It all depends on how much you value the aesthetics of larger/fuller/firmer/perkier breasts.

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