"I would hope that the findings of this report won't lull potential breast-augmentation patients into a false sense of security," says Dr. D'Amico, who holds numerous appointments, including chief of plastic surgery at Englewood Hospital. "Quality implants are only one component of a successful procedure. Only board-certified surgeons with the credentials and experience to ensure the patient's welfare should perform breast augmentation surgery."
Dr. D'Amico, a board member and past president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), makes his comments in light of the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) medical director's official report that PIP-manufactured breast implants do not pose an immediate and present danger to women with the implants.
The discovery that PIP, a French manufacturer of breast implants and other medical devices, was using an unapproved form of silicone in its products inspired a widespread scare in 2011. That same year, various media reports raised concerns about the health and safety of the more than 400,000 women who had been fitted with the company's implants.
"The news of PIP implants' lack of toxicity is somewhat encouraging news for women with these implants (which were never available in the U.S.). However, the implants were shown to be twice as likely to rupture as other brands," says Dr. D'Amico. "It is worth noting that the implants came under scrutiny based on reports from plastic surgeons that the implants were not holding up the way they should," he adds.
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"Even the most advanced medical technology is only as valuable as the skills and experience of the physician using it. Potential patients of any medical procedure should take the time to find a trained and able surgeon."