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Recovery for Breast Revision Surgery

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 47-year-old mother of two and resident of San Francisco, California who presents to the Marin County office for breast revision surgery. She underwent a vertical breast lift with normal saline breasts implants approximately 10 years ago.  She underwent a second vertical breast lift with removal of the normal saline implants and placement of 360cc high-profile Mentor silicone breast implants. Her photographs are seen approximately six months after surgery. Her surgery was performed at Dr. Delgado’s private Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center in Novato, Marin County, California.

Breast Revision at Least Once

Miguel Delgado, M.D. emphasizes to all his breast augmentation patients that they will most likely need breast revision surgery at least once in their life. For many women, more than one breast revision surgery may be needed. There are many different reasons why breast revision may be warranted, and they are explained in detail on this website.

The recovery can vary depending on the type of revision surgery that is to be performed. If a woman is just having her implants removed, generally only minor discomfort is experienced. Over the counter analgesics are usually all that are needed. However, if a woman is having a breast lift done in conjunction with breast implant removal, recovery will be longer. There will be possible numbness and tingling resulting, but usually lasts only a few weeks.

Important Factors, Technique and Skill

For breast implant replacement, recovery may be about the same as the original breast augmentation surgery. The degree of discomfort will be dependent on the size and placement of the implants, and of course, the skill of the surgeon.

Miguel Delgado, M.D. advises that patients need to follow their surgeon’s post-operative instructions to avoid complications during their recovery. Most likely a compression bra is to be worn for 2 weeks or more. The bra will help prevent the accumulation of fluid, help control swelling, and keep the implants in place. Sleeping elevated is also recommended to help with swelling.

Patients of Miguel Delgado, M.D. are given a comprehensive booklet that details all pre-operative and post-operative instructions at their pre-operative visit.

Follow Surgeon’s Instructions

Among the post-operative instructions, patients will be advised to stop all blood thinning products, vitamins, herbs, and medications. An extensive list is in the booklet of what should be avoided. It is a good idea to bring in a list of any and all medications and supplements that you take at your pre-operative visit.
Patients will need to arrange to have a friend or family member take them home after surgery and look after them for the first 24 hours. If drains have been placed to remove extra fluid buildup, the patient must wait until they are removed before bathing, to avoid possible infection. However, sponge baths are allowed.

Before resuming strenuous exercise or any heavy lifting, you need to get clearance from your surgeon, usually within a few weeks.

Call the Expert

Since 1989, Miguel Delgado, M.D. has been performing breast revision surgery with great success. If you have issues with your breast implants or are unhappy with your results, call now (415) 898-4161 or email (info@dr-Delgado.com)for an appointment.

When Choosing a Breast Revision Surgeon, Read the Reviews!

Miguel Delgado, M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

Miguel Delgado, M.D.
Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Revision Surgeon

 

The informed woman knows that she will need breast revision surgery, following her original breast augmentation, at least once in her life and maybe more. When the time comes, many women wonder if they should see their same surgeon or seek out a new one.

If you were happy with your original surgeon and the outcome of your surgery, there is no reason to change surgeons unless you have moved, or your surgeon has retired. If you need to find a new surgeon, there are several factors to consider.

Probably the most important qualification you want to look for is that your surgeon is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and one that specializes in breast surgery. Doing a web search can provide you with an abundance of information, in fact so much it may be daunting trying to weed through it all!

Board Certified in Plastic Surgery

Miguel Delgado, M.D. suggests that you choose several surgeons in your area that are Board Certified. Before you even view their website; you might want to bring up reviews that have been posted by previous patients. There are several sites that patients can go to that give ratings from actual patients, some reviews are good, some not so much.

Some of the more popular ratings sites that you can check out are:
1.    Healthgrades.com
2.    Vitals.com
3.    RealSelf.com
4.    LocateADoc.com
5.    Yelp.com

 

Read the Reviews!

 

Some of the sites have different categories to give you an indication on how the doctor and the staff rated. An example of the ratings would be; friendliness of the staff, ease of scheduling an appointment, how long did you have to wait to see the doctor? Did the doctor make you feel rushed? Were all your questions answered? Were you happy with your surgical results? These are all important questions and are valuable information to have before making a decision in choosing a new surgeon.

Don’t be too critical, no one is perfect, one or two bad reviews are not unusual. Some people are impossible to please, look for the majority of the reviews to be good.Once you have found two or three surgeons that have good ratings, go to their website and view before and after pictures to get an idea of the results you can expect.

 

Breast Revision Before and After

Sonoma, California – This is a 38-year-old, female resident of Sonoma who presented to the Novato office in Marin County for evaluation for revisional breast surgery. She underwent a short-scar breast lift in 1995 and then a breast augmentation in 1996 using 120 cc, silicone breast implants. This was done at another facility. Her complaints on presentation to me were high-riding breast implants with breast contractures. She underwent complete capsulectomies on both sides with replacement with 300cc normal-saline breast implants inflated up to 325 cc bilaterally. Her procedure was performed at Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center in Marin County, California. Note the improved contour and projection of her breasts and how well the incisions have healed, especially the vertical breast lift incisional scars.

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Miguel Delgado, M.D. has been doing breast revision surgery since 1989 and is considered an expert in his field, call (415 898-4161)for your breast revision needs.

Breast Revision Surgery Statistics for 2014

Miguel Delgado, M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

Miguel Delgado, M.D.
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Most Women Will Need Breast Revision at Least Once

 

As previously noted in other areas of this website and blogs, there are several reasons that a woman may have breast revision surgery. It may be to change the size or type of breast implant or to correct any complications from the original breast augmentation surgery. The complications include; capsular contracture, deflation or rupture of an implant, bottoming out, rippling, double bubble and implant malposition.

Miguel Delgado, M.D. always emphasizes to his breast augmentation patients that they must be aware that they will most likely need to have breast revision surgery at least once in their life and possibly more. Even though implants are made to last a lifetime, situations can occur that will necessitate revision surgery.

ASAPS Publishes Statistics for Breast Revision

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) recently published their statistics for the calendar year of 2014. The number oASAPS Logof breast augmentation surgeries was 286,694. The number of breast revision surgeries was 71,916.

Miguel Delgado, M.D. wants to remind all breast augmentation patients to save all information from their original surgery for possible future revisions. Your original surgeon may have retired, and no longer has your medical records when you may be in need of a revision. Be sure to obtain your registration card that gives the information on what size, type, serial numbers and the manufacturer of your implants. You might also ask for a copy of your operative report and file all of this important information away in a safe place.

Warranty May Cover Some of Breast Revision Costs

Remember, the manufacturers of breast implants have a lifetime warranty where they will replace your implants at no charge should they rupture or deflate. Additionally, most companies include a ten year warranty that will aid in financial reimbursement toward your surgical expenses.

Breast Revision Specialist

 

email and phone iconMiguel Delgado, M.D. has been a breast revision surgery specialist since 1988. If you are having any issues with your breast implants, call today (415 898-4161) or email (info@dr-delgado.com) for a personal consultation.

What Causes Breast Implants to Ripple?

 

Miguel Delgado, M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

Miguel Delgado, M.D.
Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Causes of Rippling of Breast Implants

 

One of the risks of breast augmentation is the possibility of rippling or wrinkling, although this risk can be rare if the surgery is done properly, for those patients that have rippling, it can be very bothersome.
Rippling of breast implants that can be seen through the skin is usually at the sides or bottom of the breast but can also be in the middle, near the cleavage.

Dr. Delgado informs his patients that the risk of rippling may be caused by several different factors:
1.    Under filling of the breast implant
2.    Overfilling of the breast implant
3.    Poor tissue coverage
4.    Placement of the implant over the muscle

Silicone implants cannot be overfilled as they come “pre-filled.” Saline implants that are overfilled beyond the manufacturer’s

Overfilled saline implants causes scalloping

Overfilled saline implants causes scalloping

recommendation may cause the edge of the implant to pull which will result in ripples, even if they are not visible, they might be able to be felt.

Over and Under Filled Breast Implants

If the implant is under filled (again only an issue with saline implants) it will leave the shell emptier that it should be which may result in folds and wrinkles of the implant.

Patients that have poor tissue coverage may get wrinkling with saline or silicone implants, however, the form-stable breast implants (also known as the gummy bear implants) offer the least risk of rippling.

Women with little breast tissue that have their implants placed over the muscle are at the highest risk for rippling. Textured implants are designed to adhere to the tissues that can cause pulling on the breast tissues and result in what is referred to as “traction rippling.” The more breast tissue the patient has, the less likely of getting traction rippling.

Correction of Rippling Breast Implants

In order the correct rippling problems, it is possible to add or subtract the amount of saline in breast implants. However, the manufacturer warns against re-opening the port once it has been sealed, and if adjustments are made, the warranty will most likely be voided.

If the rippling is caused by implants being over the muscle, consideration may be given to having the implants placed under the muscle.

Whatever the cause for rippling may be, be sure to seek out a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to evaluate your situation and inform you of your options.

Contact the Breast Revision Expert

Dr. Delgado has been doing breast revision surgery since 1988 and invites you to call (415 898-4161) or email (info@dr-delgado.com)for a consultation for any breast revision concerns.

Prevention of Capsular Contracture

 

Miguel Delgado, M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

Miguel Delgado, M.D.
Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Breast Capsular Contracture|San Francisco,CA

 

San Francisco, CABreast Capsular contracture is defined by Wikipedia as a response by the body’s immune system to a foreign object such as a breast implant. The result is the formation of collagen fibers that tighten and squeeze the breast implant.

The cause of capsular contracture, for the most part, remains unknown. Dr. Delgado tells his patients it is not possible to guarantee that a woman will not get a capsular contracture. While it is not always known what may be the cause, there are new theories and  ongoing studies being presented. In general, it is believed a low grade infection or excessive inflammation may be to blame. In particular bio-films have been implicated as the possible primary cause of capsular contracture. Bio-films are bacterial colonies surrounded with a covering protecting them from antibiotics and the immune system. Bacteria present during surgery may create a bio-film around a breast implant. The result may be a low grade infection without puss or becoming red, swollen or hot in the manner of infections that we are familiar with. Bio-film inflammation may cause a thick, tight capsule around the implant.

Before and After Breast Revision Surgery

Before and After Breast Revision Surgery

 

Breast Implant Contracture prevention option

 

There are preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the risk, and women who have a propensity to form capsular contracture should discuss all possibilities with their surgeon.

1.    It appears that the placement of the implants can make a difference. Partial or complete placement of the implants under the muscle versus on top of the muscle has been proven to have less incidence of capsular contracture. It is believed that when implants are placed over the muscle they come into contact with bacteria that can be harbored in the ducts of the breasts.

2. The peri-areolar incision seems to have a higher incidence of capsular contracture than the inframmary approach.

3.    Textured breast implants were designed to reduce the incidence of the development of scar tissue. However, there does not seem to be any advantage for implants under the muscle and a slight advantage for implants placed over the muscle.

4.    Massaging after breast augmentation surgery is believed to help keep the pocket open and reduce the likelihood of capsular contracture. However, it is not recommended for textured implants as they are supposed to adhere to tissue and massaging could interfere with this.

5.    Vitamin E is known to thin the blood and must be avoided 2 weeks before and two weeks after surgery. The use of vitamin E after 2 weeks postoperatively may be of benefit. It is believed that vitamin E softens the collagen fibers, and the capsule is made up of collagen fibers. There are not any studies that neither support nor disprove the use of vitamin E.

Check With Your Plastic surgeon about Breast Contractures| San Francisco, CA

 

Whatever methods are tried, be sure you have the approval of your surgeon. Every patient is unique, and your surgeon will be able to advise you as to what is best for you.

 

Call the Expert

 

Dr. Delgado has been doing breast revision surgery since 1988 and is an expert in his field. Call (415 898-4161) or email (info@dr-delgado.com)today for a personal consultation for any breast revision issues.

Breast Revision Surgery, Choosing a New Implant

 

Miguel A. Delgado, M.D.

Miguel A. Delgado, M.D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reasons for Changing  Breast Implants

 

Dr. Delgado emphasizes to his San Francisco breast revision patients that they will most likely need breast revision surgery at least once in their lifetime and maybe more.

There can be several different reasons for the need of breast revision surgery, the main one being that women want to change the size or type of implants. Other reasons include; capsular contracture, deflation of saline implants, rupture of silicone implants, shifting of position of the implants and changes in the breasts due to aging or weight fluctuations.

Breast implants are always evolving and being improved. If breast revision surgery is to be scheduled, many women opt to change the type of implant to be used. Depending on the issue a woman is having, will help determine the choice for new implants. For example, if a woman with saline implants has wrinkling, she may want to change to silicone.

With so many choices available, a woman needs to have an evaluation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, who specializes in breast surgery, to help guide her to make the right selection for her individual situation.

Silicone or Saline Breast Implants?

Saline implants have an advantage in that the size can be adjusted during surgery as they do not come pre filled as silicone implants do. Saline implants are less expensive and can be inserted through a smaller incision. The advantage of silicone implants is a more natural feel and appearance. Today, 80% of women choose silicone over saline.

Moderate, Moderate Plus or High Profile Breast Implants?

 

The difference between these implants is their diameter and projection. A woman’s chest size will determine which profile is best suited for her.

Smooth or Textured?

 

The majority of implants used today are smooth. The textured implants were designed to reduce the incidence of capsular contracture and appear to do so but only when the implant is placed above the muscle. The disadvantage of a textured implant is a thicker shell which may be more visible through the skin and more easily felt.

Round or Anatomical?

 

Most implants are round, but there is a teardrop shaped or anatomical. The anatomical are textured and therefore have the disadvantages of the textured implants.

With all the variables of breast implants, it is important to choose your surgeon carefully, be sure to ask to view before and after pictures of actual patients.

 

Saline to silicone

Saline to silicone

Dr. Delgado has been performing breast revision surgery since 1988, if you are in need of breast revision surgery, call today (415 898-4161) or email (info@dr-delgado.com) for  a consultation.

How Do Sub-muscular and Sub-glandular Breast Implant Placement Differ? Can I Change?

Also known as “over” and “under,” Dr. Delgado says many patients ask, “Which is best?” Dr. Delgado prefers under the muscle for a more natural look. However, this is something to be discussed at length during the initial consultation as each patient is unique.

Sub-glandular placement, referred to as “overs,” means the implant is placed above the pectoralis muscle but under the Breast implant placementmammary gland.

Sub-pectoral placement, referred to as “unders.” Because of the nature of the pectoral muscle, the implant is only partially under the muscle, leaving the lower half of the implant uncovered.

Sub-muscular placement, also referred to as “unders,” is fully under muscle. In addition to the pectoralis muscle that covers the upper portion of the implant; other muscles cover the bottom half.

According to clinical studies, it is believed that capsular contracture is reduced when implants are placed sub-pectoral or fully sub-muscular.

For women who do not have much breast tissue, the under muscle approach reduces the chances of visible rippling.

Technology has improved greatly over the years for mammograms taken with and without implants. However, it is believed that implants under the muscle are less likely to interfere with the mammogram imaging.

Dr. Delgado states that changing position from over to under should not be a problem.

He invites you to call (415) 898-4161 or email (info@dr-delgado.com)for a consultation if you are considering any type of breast revision surgery. Dr. Delgado has been specializing in breast surgery for women and male breast reduction surgery for men since 1988.

Considerations for Changing Breast Implant Size

 

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Miguel A. Delgado, Jr., M.D.
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There are several different reasons for breast implant exchange; one of the most common is to change the size of the implants. Many women will wait until they might need a breast revision for something else which will usually occur within ten years of the original breast augmentation, but some who are unhappy with their size may not want to wait.

Dr. Miguel Delgado spends a great deal of time with his patients prior to surgery in determining the correct size, so fortunately dissatisfaction with breast implant size is rarely an issue. For the few women who wished they had a different size, 90% to 95% wished they had gone larger. Usually when trying to decide between two sizes, it is advised to go with the larger of the two.

Women need to have good communication with their cosmetic plastic surgeon and trust his/her opinion when it comes to picking the right size. There are considerations for the surgeon that the patient may not understand. The surgeon wants to maintain the proportion of the breast size to the anatomical dimension of a woman’s body, taking into consideration the relation of the shoulders and hips.

There are three main body types:

1.           Ectomorph –slim, more like a fashion model

2.           Endomorph – pear or hourglass shape where body fat has a tendency to settle in the lower region of the body

3.           Mesomorph –hips are generally the same width as the shoulder, the body is more muscular in shape and body fat is stored fairly evenly over the body

Most women are a combination of body types, so it is essential that she is evaluated by an expertly trained cosmetic plastic surgeon to determine the correct size for her breast implants. However, the wishes of the patient are definitely taken into consideration. The patient needs to understand that if she wants very large implants, she may be limited by the width of her chest.  Other factors help determine the profile of the implants, such as the patient’s age and the condition of her the skin.

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Santa Rosa, California – A 36-year-old mother of two who presents to the San Francisco office at Union Square for breast revision surgery. She has previously had a breast augmentation using 250cc normal saline implants. Her desire is to have an increase in size and change to silicone breast implants. She underwent removal and replacement using 360cc silicone high-profile implants as well as a tummy tuck and liposuction for a “mommy makeover”. Her surgery was performed at Dr. Delgado’s private surgical facility, Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center in Novato, Marin County, California

Different body types will accommodate different size implants; it is not a one size fits all. Bringing in pictures to the initial consultation will help the surgeon understand the patient’s goals. It is strongly advised that the patient ask to see before and after pictures of the surgeon’s actual patients.

Dr. Delgado’s main goal is patient satisfaction; fortunately he rarely has a patient dissatisfied with the choice of implants as much time is spent in helping the patient come to a decision, including doing the “rice test” which helps her visualize what the outcome will be before surgery.

 

Some breast augmentation patients are anxious to have a breast revision right away if they are not happy with the results. They need to understand that implants normally ride high for the first four months or more, the skin and muscle need to stretch allowing the implants to drop into the correct position. While some patients may think they are not happy with their immediate results, once the implants drop into position, they may change their mind; time must also be given for the patient to adjust to her new body image.

If the decision is to change implants for a larger size, it may be necessary to modify the implant pocket to accommodate larger implants. On the other hand, if a woman wants smaller implants, it is possible a breast lift may be required if there is some degree of skin laxity. Each situation is individual, and depending on what changes are to be made, will affect the cost of breast revision surgery. Breast revision usually is complicated and selection of a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in breast surgery is essential.

 

If you have concerns about your breast implants, email and phone iconcall today (415 898-4161)or email (info@dr-delgado.com) for a consultation with Dr. Delgado, who will be able to evaluate your situation and make available to you all your options.

Breast Implant Exchange With Patient’s Own Fat

San Francisco, California-There are several reasons that a woman may elect to have her breast implants removed and/or replaced. The reasons vary greatly, from capsular contracture, to a rupture or deflation, double bubble, breast implant malposition  caused by pregnancy, aging, or capsular contracture, dissatisfaction with size or shape, and many other reasons.

Breast revision Malposition

A 28-year-old resident of Tiburon, California who presents to the San Francisco office at Union Square for evaluation for breast revision surgery. She initially underwent bilateral breast augmentation with 275cc normal saline implants. She developed mal-position and high riding implants bilaterally, and presented for replacement of her implants with a larger size and to improve the breast implant position. She underwent implant removal and replacement with 350cc normal saline high-profile Mentor breast implants. The breast pocket was also lowered. The photographs are seen approximately 8 months after surgery. Her procedure was performed at Dr. Delgado’s private surgical facility, Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center in Novato, Marin County, California

Most women understand that breast implant devices are not “lifetime devices” and most will need to have breast revision surgery possibly every ten years. When a woman decides to have her implants replaced, she then needs to make a decision as to what she will do to replace the volume, if anything. There are many options; she can replace with the same type of implants she previously had, or switch to a different type. Many women with saline implants want to change to silicone as they have a more natural feel. If a woman has been unhappy with the size, she may choose to go larger or smaller. Many want the new “gummy bear” implants that recently got FDA approval. Some will choose not to replace their implants with anything.

Today there is another option, and that is fat transfer to the breasts from another location on the patient’s body by liposuction, usually the tummy, flanks, or thighs. Fat transfers and fat injection procedures are increasing every year. Augmenting the face, due to loss of fullness from aging, is done many times in conjunction with a facelift. The Brazilian Butt lift, which is enhancing the butt with fat transfer, has become all the rage for the obtaining the now popular “hourglass figure.”  The back of the hands, which are a giveaway for aging, no matter how young the face looks, are rejuvenated with fat injections.

Fat Removal by Liposuction

Fat Removal by Liposuction

Breast augmentation with the patient’s own fat has been around for a while, however, the technique has been improved. For most women, 80% of the transferred fat will become permanent. For women who are “done” with breast implants, the idea of re-augmenting with their own fat is very appealing.

 

When breast augmentation by fat transfer was a new procedure, there was a higher possibility that a lot of the fat would not survive and would go through a process called fat necrosis, which leaves lumps of calcified scar tissue that could interfere with readings of mammograms. Newer techniques of harvesting the fat give the fat a much higher chance of surviving and the incidence of fat necrosis is much less. Radiologists have gotten much better at determining calcifications associated with cancer than those of benign conditions.

When the implant is removed, the capsule that formed around the breast is not removed. The capsule is normal scar tissue, unless it becomes too thick and squeezes the implant making it distorted and feel hard, then it is referred to as capsular contracture. The fat that is removed by liposuction from the tummy or the hips is not placed into the pocket but placed in tiny micro tunnels in the layers of tissue outside the capsule. The capsule prevents the fat from migrating into the space left by the pocket. Drains are usually placed to help close the pocket.

The amount of fat that can be transferred depends on a few different factors, such as; how thick the tissue is that the fat is going into, if the implants were sub muscular there is an extra layer of muscle into which the fat can be placed. Some patients can receive enough fat to be almost the same size as they were with implants.

Disadvantages are: large enhancements cannot be done, and for a  slender woman, she might not have enough donor fat available.

Dr. Delgado is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, who has specialized in breast surgery since 1988, serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose and Sacramento.

 

If breast enhancement with fat or breast implant exchange with fat transfers sounds like a procedure you might be interested in, call or email today  (415) 898-4161) for a consultation with Dr. Delgado to find out if you might be a candidate, he will explain the procedure to you in detail and answer all your questions.

Dow Corning Awards $5,000 for Breast Explant Claims

San Francisco, California-Dow Corning is once again in the news as the final deadline to submit an explant claim is fast approaching.

The Dow Corning Plan of Reorganization set June 2, 2014 as the deadline for eligible claimants to file for Explant Benefits. To be eligible, you must already be registered in the database, and the deadline for that was August 2004.

The $5,000 explant benefit (for class 5 only) is for women who have their Dow Corning silicone implants removed by June 2, 2014. Women who replace their Dow Corning implants with new silicone implants will not be eligible for the award; however, saline implants are allowed. To file a claim, you must submit the Explant Form and the operative report from the explant surgery.

If you choose to participate in the Explant Assistance Program, please be aware that these claims may take up to 60 days to process.

Dow Corning has had a vast number of individual and class action lawsuits regarding their silicone breast implants, starting in 1977 and growing to over 20,000 claims by 1995.

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Shell of 1976 Dow Implant

Silicone being removed from 1976 Dow Corning implant

Silicone being removed from 1976 Dow Corning implant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connie Chung’s show “Face to Face with Connie Chung” is credited with bringing widespread public attention to the dubious safety of silicone breast implants of that time. The show aired in 1990 where Ms. Chung interviewed women who claimed their autoimmune disease was caused by their silicone breast implants, used in their breast augmentation surgery. Her report was a consumer opinion rather than based on scientific study.  Due to the reaction of thousands of women who saw the show,  in 1992 the FDA responded to their complaints by severely restricting the use of silicone implants by imposing a moratorium on the use of silicone gel-filled implants, (except in the case of clinical trials for breast reconstruction patients). The moratorium was not because the implants were proved to be dangerous but because the manufacturers had been unable to prove them safe.

After many years of research and clinical trials, in 2006 the FDA deemed the newer silicone implants to be safe and lifted the moratorium. It didn’t take long for silicone to become the number one choice for 80% for women having breast augmentation surgery due to their more natural feel.

Claims for damages continue to be filed with the “Settlement Facility for Dow Corning Trust” (SFDCT). If you previously filed to be part of the class action suit, you most likely are aware of the deadlines and are getting letters from SFDCT. Meanwhile, many deadlines have already passed. Go to this link to see the schedule for deadlines: https://www.sfdct.com/_sfdct/index.cfm/deadlines/.  For instructions for filing forms and additional information go to the SFDCT site: https://www.sfdct.com/_sfdct/index.cfm/. Their phone number is (866) 874-6099.

As a breast revision specialist since 1988, Dr. Delgado has treated hundreds of women in the San Francisco Bay Area for breast implant removal and/or replacement. If you have any issues with your breast implants, call or email today for a consultation with Dr. Delgado at (415) 898-4161 to find out what your options are.