LongTerm Breast Implants

Friday, June 24, 2011 - 9:20am

New health warnings for people with silicone breast implants.

Almost five years after silicone implants were put back on the market, the FDA has issued a new report about possible complications including a very rare type of cancer.

Breast implants are not lifetimes devices says the FDA and the largest implant company. The longer you have them the more likely you are to have complications.

Dr. Martin newman plastic surgeon at Cleveland Clinic Florida explains the most common reasons why implants might have to be replaced or removed

Dr. Martin Newman, of Cleveland Clinic Florida, says "it can be complications for the surgery, such as capsular contracture or rupture, or there may be changes in body habits they might gain weight they might lose weight there may be pregnancies involved."

The reason you get implants affects the risk. If you get them for breast augmentation: 1 in 5 patients will need them removed within 10 years, the risk rises for reconstruction: as many as 1 in 2 will require removal within 10 years.

Dr. Newman says "some women I know have had implants for 20, 30, 40 and sometimes 50 years. Some with problems some without."

The FDA wants women to be informed. There is a new booklet on breast implant complications available on the agency's website. The FDA has also released this informational video about the possible association between implants and ALCL, a rare type of non hodgkins lymphoma.

Only been about 60 cases have been identified worldwide out of 5 to 10 million women. In general, women who have implants need to be aware of changes that should be checked out.

Dr. Newman says "for example redness or bulging, tightness, pain are signs she might want to have something looked at. Malposition can occur as well. A breast implant that is slowly changing position over time."

The FDA also recommends women get an MRI 3 years after they get silicone implants and every two years after that to check for what's called a silent rupture.

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