Breast Implant Leaking

Breast Implant Leaking
A growing number of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of women who suffered serious health problems, allegedly due to leaking silicone breast implants. In addition to silicone toxicity, these plaintiffs claim that breast implant leaking caused skin rashes, nausea, muscle pain and other debilitating symptoms.

Legal Help for Victims of Leaking Breast Implants

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering legal assistance to women who may have suffered ill health effects due to leaking silicone breast implants. To learn if you might have a case for compensation, please call (888) 994-5118 to talk with a member of our legal team today.

Leakage from Silicone Breast Implants

Leakage from a silicone breast implants occurs when the devices rupture. Ruptures may occur with either silicone or saline ruptures.  However, saline ruptures are usually noticeable immediately, or within a few days, since the liquid will quickly drain from its shell. If a silicone breast implant ruptures outside of the capsule (the scar tissue that has formed around the breast), a woman may experience:

  • Decrease in breast size
  • Change in breast implant shape
  • Hard lumps over the implant or chest area
  • Uneven appearance of the breasts
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Tingling
  • Swelling,
  • Numbness
  • Burning, or changes in sensation

However, if the rupture occurs within the capsule, the thick silicone gel may remain inside the implant’s shell, leaking or oozing slowly over time. These events are known as “silent ruptures,” as they are usually not noticeable to the patient, and may not even be detectable during a physical exam.  Because silent ruptures are so common, it is recommended that women with silicone breast implants undergo regular MRIs to ensure that the devices are intact.

Leaking Silicone Implants: What are the Risks?

Silicone breast implants are indicated for breast augmentation in women age 22 or older and for breast reconstruction in women of any age.  The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has only authorized three companies to market silicone implants. Their products include:

  • Allergan Natrelle
  • Allergan Natrelle 410 Highly Cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone-Filled Breast Implants
  • Mentor MemoryGel
  • Mentor MemoryShape
  • Sientra’s Silicone Gel Breast Implants

Between 1992 and 2006, the FDA greatly restricted the sale of silicone breast implants due to concerns over their safety. While those restrictions have been lifted, concerns still remain. As of January 2017, two lawsuits had been filed in California state and federal courts on behalf of MemoryGel recipients who allegedly suffered serious complications due to leaking breast implants, including:

  • Hives, itching and skin rashes
  • Severe fatigue
  • Pain in breasts, chest, lymph nodes and/or ribs
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Excessive amounts of heavy metal in the bloodstream
  • Silicone toxicity
  • Shortness of breath
  • Poor wound healing
  • Autoimmune problems
  • Digestive issues
  • Gastrointestinal problems

Contact an Attorney Today

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free legal reviews to women experiencing debilitating side effects and complications allegedly related to leaking breast implants. To get in touch with an attorney today, please call (888) 994-5118.

Last Modified: February 14, 2017

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