As of September 2000, the Food and Drug Administration reported more than 190,000 problems from breast implants, among them 123 deaths. This number represents approximately 10 percent of the nearly 1.5 million women with breast implants.
Saline breast implants were approved by the FDA in May of 2000. Silicone gel implants were approved as safe in 2006. Regardless of the type of implant one receives, there is always the risk of it rupturing. One report estimates that as many as 63 percent of breast implants have ruptured over the years.
Ruptured implants and damages breast tissue have been linked to thyroid disease and other complications. Careless procedures or operations can actually lead to an implant rupturing or leaking.
The FDA has taken measures to warn about problems that have occurred due to botched or improper breast augmentation procedures. There is a pressing risk of toxic shock syndrome that is potentially life threatening as a result of implant surgery and infection.
The FDA reported that users of breast implants faced complications such as atrophy of breast tissue, blood collecting in the body, and the formation of dead tissue. Some pragmatic things to consider are that implants interfere with mammography.
If you or someone you know has suffered serious injury or illness due to an improper breast augmentation procedure, you need the guidance and support of an attorney who will fight for you.