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Concerns that the French made PIP (Poly Implant Prothese) silicone gel breast implants have a high rate of breaking or rupturing are being questioned by the latest  report from Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). According to the TGA, the reported PIP rupture rate was approximately 0.4% (37 ruptures in 9054 implants) between 2002 and 2011. This low rate is more consistent with other types of breast implants, all of which should be considered non-permanent medical devices and be replaced at some point. It is possible however, that the PIP implants used in Australia had different production processes or other qualities than those used in Europe where much higher rupture rates are being reported.

TGA National Manager Rohan Hammett stated “This rate remains well within the expected performance of breast implants based on historical and international trend data”. Mr. Hammett also added that testing in Australia and Britain found that PIP implant silicone gel used in both countries was non-toxic to the tissue around the implant even if the implant ruptured.

This latest information still does not address the concerns that some PIP products used non-medical grade silicone during implant production, perhaps in an effort to offer a less expensive breast implant. 

For more information on rupture rates of saline-filled and silicone gel breast implants available in the United States, go to How Long do Breast Implants Last?

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