For some, the decision to get bigger breast through implants might just be the worst decision they’ve ever made. A significant red flag comes from France, which recommends the removal of breast implants for preventative reasons.
French authorities are recommending that about 30,000 French women have their breast implants removed as a precautionary measure, on the state’s expense. Women who don’t want their implants removed, must undergo a breast scan every six months.
Women in France, Britain, Italy, Spain, Portugal, as well as South America who have breast implants manufactured by Poly Implant Prothese should get in touch with the authorities. All in all, over the last 12 years, Poly Implant Prothese is believed to have sold 300,000 implants in 65 countries. These implants were not sold in the United States.
What interesting is that, while France authorities says the removal of implants are preventive, and not urgent, it does recommends other states to make similar proposals. The statement released by French authorities emphasizes the nature of their recommendation to be “a preventive measure not of an urgent nature”. Even implants not showing signs of deterioration should be removed.
The implants in attention, made by Poly Implant Prothese, have not been linked to an increased incidence of cancer, however they feature the risk of rupture and leak of a certain type of silicone gel. Poly Implant Prothese breast implants have been banned last year after they were found to contain a non-medical grade silicone filler. The type of silicone Poly Implant Prothese used for their implants is believed to be made for mattresses.
The French Health Minister, Xavier Bertrand, explained that women with Poly Implant Prothese implants don’t have a higher risk of cancer than women with implants manufactured by other companies. But, the risks of rupture are “well-established”.
The removal is going to be paid for out of public health funds. To replace the removed implant with a new one, from public health funds, you will have to have had breast implants procedures as a part of reconstructive surgery following breast cancer.
In France, some 2,000 women who received Poly Implant Prothese implants filed legal complaints against the company. Lawyers said they’d much preferred to sue the company, but the manufacturer is already broke.