While breast implants might look nice, they, like many other plastic surgery procedures, are associated with several serious health issues. There are various materials used for breast implants, but each comes with its own unique health risks. Silicone fluid implants have been linked to leakage, while polyurethane-covered implants have been linked to breast cancer. A list of 9 common injuries associated with breast implants are as follows:
- Fibrous Capsular Contracture – The formation of fibrous capsules around the implant that can cause pain and firmness.
- Calcification – When living tissue around the implants stiffens due to calcium salts.
- Silicone Gel Leakage and Migration – Gel from silicone implants can migrate to the lymph nodes and can migrate as far as the abdomen.
- Infection – A common side effect of any surgical procedure.
- Interference with Mammograms – Depending on where the implants are placed, they can interfere with mammograms and make it harder for doctors to diagnose breast cancer.
- Degradation – Polyurethane foam-covered breast implants have been linked to cancer and have already been pulled from U.S. markets, however about 200,000 women still have this type of implant.
- Human Carcinogenicity – As breast implants are a foreign substance, they may increase the chance of breast cancer due to the human body's reaction to foreign substances.
- Human Tetrogenicity – It has been claimed that the presence of silicone causes fetal injuries.
- Immune Disorders – The presence of silicone in the body has been linked to altering the body’s natural antigens that fight foreign cells, so that they begin to attack its own cells, causing auto-immune disorders.
What Can I Do If My Implants Are Defective?
If your doctor made a mistake, resulting in one of the injuries listed above, then you might be able to recover for medical malpractice. On the other hand, if the implant itself was defective, then you might be able to take part in a defective product class action lawsuit.
Do I Need an Attorney?
A personal injury attorney can review your situation and determine if you have a viable case. If bring a lawsuit, your attorney can help you receive compensation for your injuries and your medical costs.