The government warned of increasing risks of breast implants that it considers to be on the “high end” of the “potential for serious or life-threatening complications.”
In 2010, about 290,000 people received breast implants. Since then, with the increasing prevalence of social media, women have come forward to share the stories of their new implants rupturing, bleeding, and their breasts hurting.
Last year, the F.D.A. said it had learned about 3,300 cases of ruptures in 2010. “It is clear that the rupture rate of such implants is high, and continues to grow,” the agency said.
The new warning says women who receive silicone-gel breast implants should be told the risks and that removal is among the only treatment options, according to the Globe. A month after receiving breast implants, you’re more likely to be hospitalized than your counterparts without implants, and nearly half of the implants given out on average are needlessly removed, the warning states.
There are also some important gaps in the story. Few women are asked if they want to know the risks involved. Women who’ve had to remove their implants have found plenty of menopause stories and stories that describe the “plastic replacement” that was inserted into their bodies. Few of the stories describe the risks and the risks of injections.