Safe surgery doesn’t come cheap. We are reminded of that from recent headlines about a particular type of French breast implant that was manufactured with industrial-grade silicone instead of medical-grade silicone.
The implants, made by Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), are at higher risk for rupture and may cause inflammation as they come into contact with women’s tissues. The French government has recommended their removal. At issue, of course, is who is responsible for the removal of the implants now that it has been recommended that they be removed.
In our Northern California Practice we have never used a PIP silicone breast implant, so we can reassure our patients easily. Any breast implant procedure, whether saline or silicone breast augmentation, carries with it a low level of risk. A careful discussion with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to find out whether breast augmentation is the appropriate procedure for a particular woman. One cannot stress too much the old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Cheap implants and cheap surgery may be appealing on the front end, but any procedure, including placement of breast implants, is real surgery. Sometimes the cost of repairing complications or injuries can make a cheap operation very expensive. In the end, you get what you pay for. Choosing a surgeon based on price, and not on quality and results, can have long-term, undesirable, and sometimes very expensive consequences.