Ever since the explosion of booty fetishism at the beginning of the new millennium, breast augmentation has found a new mainstream acceptance, which has kept prices relatively cheap and horror stories at a minimum. The latest technological advances make consumers feel more natural and healthy, but some health professionals are saying “HOLD ON!”

According to Reuters, the implants now at the center of a worldwide health scare came from the now-defunct French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) and appear to have an abnormally high rupture rate. That risk, though typically low, is present in all implants.

The devices are only likely to last 20 to 25 years. There are also other risks, like risks of infection, leakage or bleeding, possible creasing and kinking of the breast tissue, and temporary loss of sensation.

Almost everyone is guaranteed to need further surgery down the road, and if you get them early enough, that could mean more than once as well. With the first surgery costing between $5 and $8 thousand dollars, and the secondary and third operations in the future being MORE expensive because of scar tissue and complications, that might be a lot more expensive than you’re thinking.

More than 300,000 women who received the PIP’s silicone implants, which were ordered off the market in 2010, have already been told they are at risk.

In a rare act of sanity, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspected the firm’s La Seyne Sur Mer plant, used to produce silicone and saline implants, in 2000. In a warning letter to company founder Jean-Claude Mas it said there were 11 deviations from “good manufacturing practices.”

The British Implant Information Society warns on its website:

“Breast implants do not last a lifetime, they will need replacing at some point in the future.”


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