A few years ago in the UK, an option to breast implants was approved and started being offered to women. Macrolane is similar to the soft tissue injectable fillers used in facial wrinkles such as Restylane, Prevelle and the like, but it was injected into breasts to increase their size. My post on the Macrolane Boob Job (as it was called) in 2009 was cautionary.
Well now nearly three years later the regulators in the UK agree with me. They are pulling the product:
Macrolane, an injectable filler used for “lunchtime boob jobs”, is to be withdrawn for such purposes this week. A survey by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) found that 25% of its members noticed patient complications from the filler. Experts warn it could affect breast cancer screenings but manufacturer Q-Med said there was a lack of consensus. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said Macrolane could effect mammogram readings and make diagnosis more difficult.
IF you were reading my blog then, you avoided this product. I hope few women were hurt it.
John Di Saia MD