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article imagePPI breast implant silicone used in male chest, testicle implants

By Katerina Nikolas     Jan 5, 2012 in Health
Following the mass scare that an estimated 400,000 women have had breast implants supplied by French company PPI, it has now been revealed that the same silicone was used in male chest implants and testicle implants.
A further development has transpired in the faulty breast implant scandal, as it has been revealed that the French company Poly Implant Prothese (PPI) also sold implants to be used for male chest and testicle implants. The implants, which were exported from France, were made from the same silicone gel used in female breast implants.
Testicular implants are primarily used by cancer sufferers who lose a testicle, whilst male chest implants are popular as a cosmetic enhancement to give a more masculine look. They are also used in gender transformation surgery. However, the Telegraph reported that it is not known how many men worldwide have had silicone implants supplied by PPI.
Digital Journal recently reported that an untested industrial fuel additive was added to the silicone gel produced by PPI, adding further to the worries of women already made aware of the risk of ruptures.
Although authorities in France have urged women to have tainted breast implants removed, the advice thus far from the U.K. remains more cautious. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said "It is not advisable for women to routinely have implants removed because the risk associated with an operation of that kind would outweigh the benefit of removing these implants." (BBC)
As yet no advice has been released to men who may have had an implant supplied by PPI, or any guidance relating to possible health risks.
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