When it comes to plastic surgery, it’s important to stay on top of health developments to avoid potential harm if anything should go awry. But, women should be reassured that most of the time, plastic surgery is safe. While some recovery time is expected, the procedure itself and any implants are generally considered to be widely accepted and safe according to the FDA. But despite the safety of plastic surgery, every so often a medical update makes headlines. This time, PIP breast implants are on line.
According to multiple news sources, scientists believe that PIP breast implants could cause harm to an unborn baby due to a chemical found in the implant.
The findings are contrary to an earlier report at the NHS who reassured women that PIP implants were actually safe.
The actual chemical, octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane, was brought to light because of its unusually high hormonal effect it had on unborn babies.
“Considering these known risks and the fact that most women receiving breast implants were of reproductive age, we would expect the MHRA and the Department of Health to fulfill its duty of care and thoroughly investigate these risks as well as provide full information to patients,” the organization warned.
The findings were recently published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine – a British organization. The Department of Health disputed the findings and said women should not worry of any reproductive harm the implants could pose.
American women should note that PIP breast implants are most common in Britain.
“We stand by the conclusions of the original report and want to reassure women that PIP implants do not pose a significantly increased risk to health. The well-being of women who have had PIP breast implants has always been our main priority,” the British Department of Health said in a statement.
BREAST IMPLANTS REVISION: WHEN TO MAKE A CHANGE
If you have PIP breast implants, you may be a good candidate for revision surgery if the suspected reproductive harm is concerning for you. Other times, a breast implant surgery is also done incorrectly, regardless of what kind of implant is done.
For more information on PIP breast implant revisions, call Dr. Kincaid at his centrally-located La Jolla office at 858-450-4199 and schedule your consultation today.