Men Also Received Contaminated Silicone Implants from PIP

MakenzieR on 12 Jan 2012 at 10:00am

I was surprised to learn yesterday that the French implants causing a scare all over Europe and South America are not just in women -- apparently PIP made testicular and male pectoral implants as well. 

I have to give credit to Clarence D., medical director at a Swiss medispa, for bringing this up on our Facebook page.   Of course now that I know, it doesn't seem that shocking.  But since all the news coverage has focused on the hundreds of thousands of women with these potentially toxic implants, I didn't even give thought to what other types there might have been.

According to The Telegraph, the male implants were made for exportation, likely to Latin America.  As a coworker pointed out, one of the saddest things about this news is knowing that most of those testicular implants were for cancer patients. 

Of course I think it's upsetting that anyone received these devices, cancer or no cancer.  But I can only imagine the feeling you have when you think something is a safe treatment option because it's government-approved, only to find out it could seriously damage your body.  (Jezebel disagrees -- they consider all the women that got PIP implants as a result of wanting bigger boobs "skanks" and "bimbos").

It seems like we can't go a week without hearing some new, disturbing information about this scandal. 

Other recent developments:

  • Fuel additives were discovered as part of the non-medical silicone used in the implants.
  • Total number affected is estimated at close to half a million.
  • UK is calling for a review of the cosmetic surgery industry as a result
Photo credit: Ryan Stanton, MD (not a photo of PIP implants)

Comments (1)

Specialists require that age limit, because breast implant problems can develop even up to age 24. Care should be taken with side effects, too. The most common consequences are leaving out the scar left after surgery or in women weak external observation of the implant through the skin line.
What will you choose?