Entries in Breast Implants (2)


Founder of French Company Behind Breast Implant Scandal Arrested

Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- The founder of a French company allegedly behind a breast implant scandal that has jeopardized the health of tens of thousands of women has been arrested.

According to officials, Jean-Claude Mas, 72, was detained Thursday at a home in southeastern France.  His arrest is part of a judicial  investigation into his company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP).

Late last year, French authorities urged 30,000 women in the country to have removed breast implants supplied by PIP, over concerns that they were made with an unauthorized silicone gel making them prone to rupturing.

Since the defects were discovered, hundreds of implants have been removed and a few cases of cancer have been reported in patients with PIP implants.

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Russian Stab Victim Saved by Breast Implant

File photo. (Stockbyte/Thinkstock)(MOSCOW) -- A 40-year-old Moscow woman was saved from a knife attack by an unlikely hero: her breast implant.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was stabbed in the left side of her chest by her husband during a dispute. But the long knife didn’t reach her heart, and instead became lodged in the silicone “body armor,” the Russian news site reported.

The woman got the implants five years ago at her husband’s request.

The implant didn’t leak or lose its shape, according to the report. But the woman has since had it replaced with a new one.

In 2010, a size-D breast implant was credited with saving a Los Angeles woman who had been shot. At the time, deadly-force expert witness Scott Reitz said it was possible the silicone implant stymied the bullet -- but urged women to avoid getting implants for self defense.

“I don’t want to say a boob job is the equivalent of a bulletproof vest,” Reitz told the Los Angeles Times. “So don’t go getting breast enhancements as a means to deflect a possible incoming bullet.”

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