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Modern Day Female Mutilation: Implants

Under patriarchy, there is no limit to:

  • Torture inflicted on females to control them.
  • Damage done to male psyches so they desire mutilated women.

These statements become doubly true when capitalism can make a huge profit – which is most certainly true of breast implants.

We highly recommend any woman considering breast implants, any woman who has them, and/or any woman you know who has them, read and think very carefully about the resources provided on these sites by The National Center for Health Research, and breastplantinfo.org.

(Unless stated otherwise, all data and quotes below are from the article in the first link above.)

SUMMARY

  • Breast augmentation is the most requested plastic surgery: 1.9 m globally (2018); 80% for cosmetic reasons.
  • In 2019, it was a $2.8 b market (US = $1.09 b), projected to be $3 b by 2027, growing by 7.2% p.a.
  • Breast implants make firms/doctors rich. Breast implants make women sick.

Medical effects include:

  • Infection, fever, pain, clots, toxic shock syndrome, fluid build-up around implant, scar tissue, chest wall deformity, brain fog, memory loss, joint pain, hair loss, rashes, dry eyes, chronic fatigue, numbness & tingling in extremities, reduced sensation in nipple/breast, persistent flu-like symptoms.
  • Capsular contracture (hardening of tissue) causing pain.
  • Leakage of fluid from areola or under breast, rupture of implant (causing deflation) or of incision, implant moves or flips over, calcium deposits, nipple discharge, and necrosis (death) of breast tissue, risks of additional surgery.
  • Increased risk of developing autoimmune disease – rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, scleroderma, sarcoidosis, lupus, fibromyalgia.
  • Leakage of contents (even without a rupture) into lymph glands and organs causing abnormal function of liver, kidneys and lungs.
  • Bacteria or mold growth, both of which can seriously undermine the woman’s health. No one knows the effect of these breast contaminants on a nursing baby – no studies have been conducted. (Afterall, what is more important, a man’s need to fetishize big boobs or a baby’s need to eat safely?)
  • Significant difficulty having a mammogram – risk of rupture due to pressure and about 55% of breast tumors are hidden by implants, interfering with the detection of breast cancer: “women with breast cancer who had breast implants are diagnosed with later-stage cancers than women with breast cancer who did not have implants. This is likely due to delays in breast cancer detection because of implants. A delay in diagnosis could result in the woman needing more radical surgery or the delay could be fatal.  A 2013 Canadian meta-analysis of five studies found that if women who had breast augmentation later developed breast cancer, they were more likely to die from it than women diagnosed with breast cancer who did not have breast augmentation. This increased risk of breast cancer-specific death is likely to be due to the greater inaccuracy of mammography for women with implants.”
  • An NCI study found that women who had breast implants for at least 12 years were more likely to die from brain tumors, lung cancer, other respiratory diseases, and suicide compared with other plastic surgery patients. Augmentation patients were not more likely to smoke than other plastic surgery patients, so the difference in respiratory diseases did not appear to be due to smoking.” A woman with implants was 3x more likely than the general population to commit suicide.
  • Increased risk of cancer of the immune system and reproductive problems (including inability to breastfeed and still births).

The first link from The National Center for Health Research above provided very disturbing information about the history of implants in the US, including that no proper safety study has ever been done, even though implants have been around since the 1960s: “Although most medical products must be proven safe and effective before they can be sold in the U.S., that was not true for implanted medical devices sold before 1976.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not require that companies selling silicone breast implants prove that their implants were safe until 1991 – after they had been in use for almost three decades … Reports of complications among women with implants have [long] been published in medical journals and discussed at public FDA meetings. There are a number of short-term and long-term risks … [but, since] many physicians do not report problems with medical devices, reports to the FDA are considered ‘the tip of the iceberg.’” 

Even after the FDA required that implants be regularly evaluated in order to provide safety data, the rules were not enforced and women who got breast implants were often not followed after their surgery.  And, as the article above points-out, many of these studies are performed by the manufacturers, and thus biased in their results, and even, in some cases, based on flawed studies or studies which were never fully completed.

In 2011, the FDA began tracking a cancer of the immune system (breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)) linked to textured breast implants. “Over the next several years, as studies were completed, FDA and medical experts recognized that rather than just being possibly associated” with ALCL, breast implants caused ALCL, and that the risk was highest among women with textured breast implants.”  This led to a recall of textured breast implants.

It should be noted that several other types of implants, besides the currently used silicone and saline ones, have been developed and implanted into women without proper long-term safety studies.  “Although these implants were enthusiastically promoted by plastic surgeons and the media as a “natural” and safer alternative to silicone or saline implants, clinical trials were apparently never conducted on humans with these implants. By 2000, serious safety concerns resulted in the removal of all three from the market. The fact that they had been praised by doctors and patients when they were initially introduced serves as a reminder that the long-term risks of implants are not always obvious during the first few years of use. That is why studies of the risks of long-term use – which are still lacking for silicone implants – are essential to establish the safety of all kinds of implants.”

Next, it should be noted that “All breast implants will eventually break, but it is not known how many years the breast implants that are currently on the market will last.” In an FDA study, most women had at least one broken implant w/i 11 years, & likelihood of rupture increases every year. Silicone leaked for 21%, even though most were unaware of it. Studies conducted by manufacturers show that w/i 3 years, about 75% of breast cancer / 50% of first-time augmentation patients had at least one complication – e.g., pain, infection, hardening, or more surgery.

Reports of complications associated with implants are widely available – from medical journals to public FDA meetings to women’s self-help groups focused on breast implants and the multiple serious health problems associated with them. “Research clearly shows that implants are associated with significant health, cosmetic, and economic risks within the first few years and these risks increase over time. Unfortunately, long-term risks remain unknown because of a lack of well-designed and carefully conducted scientific studies. When they approved silicone gel breast implants in 2006, the FDA required two implant manufacturers, Allergan and Mentor, to each conduct 10-year studies of at least 40,000 women to determine why implants break, how long they can be expected to last, and what the longer-term health consequences of broken and leaking breast implants might be. Unfortunately, however, those studies were never completed and the FDA did not require the companies to substitute similarly well-designed studies.”

Sadly, under patriarchy, women’s health and lives are expendable, provided they have served the needs – profit generating, sexual, domestic, child-bearing – of society’s dominant males. Thus, despite the known risks, breast implants are still being sold to women as a safe.

  • At $10 k – 30 k per breast, with removal/replacement costs as high as implant costs, and $100 – 400 k if something goes wrong, breast implants create a gigantic tit for capitalism to suck on.

Women cooperate in this patriarchal barbarism because it is a way for her to belong, to be “sexy”, to get/hold a job, and/or a husband.

Males fetishize big boobs – overgrown babies, they fixate on huge mammary glands, at the expense of the infants breasts evolved to feed.

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