Dear Dr. Dev, My boyfriend just saw a really scary story on the internet about thousands of British and French women who have silicone breast implants that leak and are harming them. One woman apparently died. You did my breast augmentation two years ago, with silicone breast implants, and now I’m a mess with the fear! Should I come in to have them removed?
YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY…RELAX! That’s, right, relax because you have nothing to worry about. The implants manufactured by the company responsible, Poly Implant Prothèse (a French company), have been banned in Europe and the CEO faces potential criminal charges for the death of the woman you reference in your post. This has nothing to do with you or any other woman who has had a breast augmentation procedure at my Bakersfield, California plastic surgery practice.
Here’s the rundown though: Of the approximately 30,000 French women who had a breast augmentation with Poly Implant Prothèse’s silicone implants, about 1,000 have reported rupturing, causing intense pain and swelling. Another 40,000 in the UK have similar problems. Poly Implant Prothèse’s silicone implants are now banned, and French officials insist that women with those implants get them removed. You, on the other hand hand, had your breast augmentation in Bakersfield, so you can relax—my breast implants are made right here in the good ole USA and are FDA approved.
Thanks for the valuable question because I’m sure others maybe be wondering the same thing.
To your Health & Beauty,