LEGAL GUIDE
Written by attorney Mitchell Scott Sexner | Apr 17, 2010

Breast Implant Medical Malpractice

Each year, thousands of women undergo breast implant surgery as a cosmetic procedure, also known as plastic surgery. This elective procedure is generally intended for breast reduction, augmentation, reconstruction or removal. Women do so for a variety of reasons, including purely cosmetic reasons, as well as to remedy accidental scarring or the effects of cancer excision/mastectomy. The three primary types of implants include silicone gel-filled, saline-filled and alternative gel or rubber implants. Saline-filled are considered the safest type of implant, as saline is not commonly toxic, in the event of a tear or rupture. On the other hand, the second most popular implant is silicone, which can be toxic in the event of damage to the implant and may result in seepage into the body.

In the event that the breast implant surgery is performed negligently or the implant itself is defective, severe trauma, debilitating injury, or even death may occur. Some of the other common injuries include:

  • Nipple sensation changes
  • Infections due to leakage, deflation or rupture
  • Capsular contracture
  • Bacterial infections
  • Chest and breast pain)
  • Toxic shock syndrome
  • Scarring, rippling or asymmetry

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