Rozy asks…Is it true mold grows in breast implants after 10 years in both saline and silicone?
The Right Brain responds:
Since Sarah Bellum is the only Beauty Brain with first hand information on breast implants, we consulted with one of the industry’s experts on this subject: cosmetic plastic surgeon, and friend of the Beauty Brains, Dr. Anthony Youn.
You might know Dr. Youn through his blog Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery, it’s the definitive site to learn about who’s had a little nip and tuck in Hollywood. He’s also the author of a highly entertaining and informative book called “In Stiches” about the behind the scenes world of plastic surgery.
Moldy breast implants?
We forwarded Rozy’s question to Dr. Youn and here’s what he had to say:
It’s not true. Mold does not grow on breast implants unless they were inserted in a nonsterile manner or the saline used to fill an implant was contaminated. Typically saline implants are filled directly from a sterile IV bag, and so the chances of contamination are nearly zero. It’s considered a closed system. When saline is inserted into the implants in an open system, such as when saline used to fill an implant is placed in an open bowl, then the risks of contamination, in particular mold growth inside the implant, is higher.
So, Rozy, it doesn’t sound like you have anything to worry about!
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