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Keeping up to date about the safety of your breast implants
While implants are generally considered to be safe, there have been some concerns about risks.
Some silicone implants were voluntarily taken off the market in the 1990s due to safety concerns. Since then, regulatory authorities such as the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) must approve brands that are used in Australia.
In April 2010, the French breast implant brand Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) was withdrawn due to safety concerns and a possible increased likelihood of ruptures. About 5000 Australians had a PIP implant between 2000 and 2010, but most of these were cosmetic procedures.
In late 2019 the TGA removed from sale some textured breast implants and imposed extra conditions on others because of concerns over BIA–ALCL. Women who are worried about the safety of their implant should discuss any concerns with their surgeon.
The Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR) is a national clinical quality registry for all people having breast implant surgery. Its aim is to provide a way to track how the products perform and what the patient outcomes are after surgery. This can help identify early signs of problems with a device.
ABDR is supported by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Breast Surgeons of Australia & New Zealand and the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with printed information about the registry and you’ll be contacted by ABDR after the surgery with more information.
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