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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Image of a person's hands on breast implants, representing breast implant illness diagnostic code.

Is It Time to Recognize Breast Implant I...

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 Imp...

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
Image of breast implants representing the FDA warning letters to breast implant manufacturers.

FDA Issues Warning Letters to Hold Breas...

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
Image of textured breast implant representing Allergan's campaign to reach patients with recalled breast implants.

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