Time always tells the truth
It has been such a long time since I last wrote about implants. I thought I was never going to write about breast implants again, since I had enough of the nasty comments I was getting every time I was discussing the quality of the different brands. One particular brand of silicone breast implants proved very dangerous to go close, and one particular company using those implants was even worse.
Today is a different day. The French medical device regulatory authority (AFSSAPS) carried out an inspection of the PIP manufacturing plant and established that most breast implants manufactured by the company since 2001 have been filled with a silicone gel with a composition different from that approved (you can read more about this on the MHRA web site). This is, I would say, absolutely not safe but also quite stupid, if you are, and want to remain, in this business.
It would be easy to say that I was suspecting this more than a couple of years ago (and you can read the articles in the archive of this blog). It would be even funnier to tell you that one of the biggest companies using PIP implants immediately changed the web site today, and wrote everywhere that they use a different brand of implants (I feel sorry for them, but they did have a manager and a medical director, and sometimes I wonder what they were paid for).
In reality, the situation is not funny, at the moment. PIP implants cannot be implanted any more, and the MHRA will give further advice about clinical management of patients implanted with these devices as soon as the particular type of silicone used will be studied a bit more.
I will probably write again about this once we will know more about the problem. Just don’t panic if you have got PIP implants. They are surely not the best pair of implants a woman could get, but right now there is no evidence that the silicone used for them can affect their safety.