Breast Implants

Breast implants have been sold in the U.S. since the 1960s. In the past 20 years, studies and patient stories have uncovered serious complications, including breast implant illness and even cancer.

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Two Brands of Mesh Linked to Greater Ris...

Carah Wertheimer · April 7, 2021

According to the FDA, two brands of surgical mesh used in breast reconstruction surgery may be linked to a higher risk of complications.

Women's Health
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Breast Implant Dangers: Arizona Bill Wou...

MedTruth Editors · February 25, 2021

A bill intended to increase patient awareness of the dangers of breast implants was preliminarily approved in January.

Women's Health
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Breast Implant Illness: Groundbreaking S...

Lauren Styx · January 15, 2021

The Breast Implant Health Summit, first-of-its-kind educational forum for health care practitioners, provides a roundup of information and resources on breast implant illness.

Health Features
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The Hidden Toll of Breast Implant Illness on Transgender Women

Lauren Styx · November 10, 2020

MedTruth spoke with transgender health experts and members of the trans community, specifically trans women of color, to paint a more inclusive picture of the adverse effects of breast implants.

Patient Stories
Illustration of gloved hands holding breast implants that have a black box warning with the new FDA guidance.

FDA Recommends Black Box Warning on Breast Implants

James Parker · October 2, 2020

The FDA has issued a final warning label and new guidance to inform patients of the potential risks associated with breast implants. 

Women's Health
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Is It Time to Recognize Breast Implant Illness as a Medical Condition?

Lauren Styx · August 6, 2020

A petition sponsored by the Breast Implant Safety Alliance is calling for the CDC and FDA to develop a medical code for breast implant illness.

Health Features
Illustration of a breast implant leaking heavy metals, associated with breast implant illness.

Do Heavy Metals Contribute to Breast Implant Illness?

Lauren Styx · July 16, 2020

Heavy metal toxicity within the body can disrupt metabolic function and damage the kidneys, brain, liver and central nervous system. Both saline and silicone FDA-approved breast implants contain heavy metals as either ingredients or part of the manufacturing process. 

Women's Health
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FDA Issues Warning Letters to Hold Breast Implant Manufacturers Accountable

Lauren Styx · June 4, 2020

As part of its ongoing efforts to protect patients, the FDA issued warning letters to two breast implant manufacturers citing violations of quality system and medical device reporting regulations.

FDA Regulation
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Allergan Launches Campaign to Reach Patients with Recalled Breast Implants

Lauren Styx · June 4, 2020

Breast implant manufacturer Allergan announced the launch of a digital campaign to reach patients currently or formerly implanted with recalled Biocell breast implants.

News
A photo of a woman considering getting breast implants, and a surgeon failing to explain the risks.

Women Sue Allergan for Concealing Breast Implant Cancer Risk

Nicole Knight · December 6, 2019

Six women have filed a complaint alleging the manufacturer Allergan intentionally hid possible breast implant safety risks.

Legal Developments